Johnson pips Bowe in classic TCM battle

Steve Johnson leads John Bowe at Hidden Valley

Steve Johnson leads John Bowe at Hidden Valley

Steven Johnson came through a thrilling scrap with John Bowe to chalk up a victory in the Touring Car Masters at Hidden Valley.

Aided by the grunt of Bowe’s championship winning Ford Mustang, Johnson assumed the lead in a frantic start to the opening TCM contest of the weekend.

Eager to reclaim the lead, Bowe, hampered by a weight penalty, slotted his pole sitting Holden Torana into second behind Johnson at Turn 1.

Johnson was unable to open up a lead with Bowe large in his mirrors, and by lap four the latter forced his way through to the lead.

However, the race was far from over as Johnson quickly re-passed the Torana two laps later where he remained until the chequered flag.

Despite coming under immense pressure from Bowe, Johnson managed to hang on to take the win by 0.5 seconds.

Andrew Miedecke brought his Chevrolet Camaro home in third with Jim Richards’s AMC Javelin making it four manufacturers in the top four.

Jason Gomersall finished fifth in his Torana with Gavin Bullas’ Ford Mustang in sixth position.

Greg Crick ran as high as third but a mistake on the opening lap saw him drop to 12th at the flag.

The Touring Car Masters will host two more races at Hidden Valley on Sunday.

Result: Touring Car Masters Race 1, Hidden Valley

1 Payce/Wilson Security Steven Johnson (QLD) Ford Mustang TransAm  10 12:28.1113
2 Dunlop Super Dealers/Wilson Security John Bowe (VIC) Torana SLR 5000  10 12:28.6464
3 Whiteline Transport Racing/Lub Andrew Miedecke (NSW) Chevrolet Camaro SS  10 12:28.8644
4 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards (VIC) AMC Javelin  10 12:29.9494
5 iseek Racing Jason Gomersall (QLD) Torana SLR 5000  10 12:39.6015
6 Rain City Racing Gavin Bullas (VIC) Ford Mustang Fastback  10 12:50.7177
7 Glennan’s Transport Cameron Tilley (NSW) Valiant Pacer  10 12:51.3362
8 Outbound Racing/ Keith Kassulke (QLD) Ford Falcon XB Coupe  10 12:53.8406
9 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A  10 12:59.4703
10 Lyndways Builders/Mick Webb’s Wayne Mercer (VIC) Ford Falcon XY GTHO  10 13:01.5354
11 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher (NSW) Ford Falcon XY GTHO  10 13:01.9926
12 Mopar Performance Greg Crick (TAS) Chrysler Charger E55  10 13:04.0730
13 Bill Pye (NSW) Chevrolet Camaro  10 13:07.7250
14 Outbound Racing/Treloar Roses Garry Treloar (VIC) Holden HQ Monaro  10 13:07.7407
15 Sunliner RV Tony Hunter (VIC) Chevrolet Monza 2+2  10 13:09.8590
16 Whiteline Transport Racing/Kin Mark King (QLD) Chevrolet Camaro RS  10 13:19.8462
17 Darwin Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica (VIC) Ford Falcon XB Coupe  10 13:37.8875
18 Hercules Engines Cameron Mason (NSW) Chevrolet Camaro  10 13:48.9052
DNF THD Motorsport Leo Tobin (VIC) Holden HQ Monaro

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