Johnson and Bowe share Darwin TCM spoils

Steven Johnson leads the TCM field at Hidden Valley

Steven Johnson leads the TCM field at Hidden Valley

Steven Johnson and John Bowe resumed their private battle in the Touring Car Masters with the pair recording a win apiece at Hidden Valley.

Johnson proved to be the star of the weekend’s second race as the Ford Mustang driver dominated the encounter to record a lights-to-flag victory.

Bowe challenged the Mustang at the start but was forced wide at Turn 1 which allowed Andrew Miedecke and Gavin Bullas through.

The race was neutralised moments later when a multiple car incident saw Bill Pye hit the barriers hard.

Johnson made no mistakes on the restart as he quickly built up a healthy advantage over Miedecke’s Chevrolet Camaro, as Bowe climbed over the back of Bullas.

However, Johnson proved unstoppable as he went on to take the chequered flag for the second time this weekend.

Miedecke finished second with Bowe, who capitalised on a retirement from Pro-Master series leader Bullas, in third.

The final encounter provided a classic fight battle between Johnson and Bowe as the pair diced for the lead throughout the 10 lap contest.

After swapping positions on three occasions, Bowe managed to edge away from Johnson to snatch the victory, with Mideceke completing the podium in third.

“I have to thank my sponsor for this weekend.. John Bowe” joked Johnson, who took the round win with a two victories and a second place finish.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend and really hard work battling with JB and everyone else.

“It’s sensational to come up here every year whether you’re racing or not – but to do it when you are is even better.

“Thanks to everyone who has supported us getting on track in the Mustang this weekend and hopefully we can do some more.”

Miedecke’s two podium finishes saw the Camaro driver assume the championship lead in the Pro-Master class by 14 points from Jim Richards.

The championship continues at Queensland Raceway on July 31-August 1.

Result: Touring Car Masters Race 3, Hidden Valley

1 Dunlop Super Dealers/Wilson Security John Bowe (VIC) Torana SLR 5000 10 12:25.3829
2 Payce/Wilson Security Steven Johnson (QLD) Ford Mustang TransAm 10 12:25.4687
3 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards (VIC) AMC Javelin 10 12:31.9515
4 Whiteline Transport Racing/Lub Andrew Miedecke (NSW) Chevrolet Camaro SS 10 12:32.6945
5 Mopar Performance Greg Crick (TAS) Chrysler Charger E55 10 12:35.4780
6 Outbound Racing/wheels.com.pg Keith Kassulke (QLD) Ford Falcon XB Coupe 10 12:42.4047
7 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher (NSW) Ford Falcon XY GTHO 10 12:44.3258
8 Glennan’s Transport Cameron Tilley (NSW) Valiant Pacer 10 12:44.9379
9 iseek Racing Jason Gomersall (QLD) Torana SLR 5000 10 12:49.2423
10 Lyndways Builders/Mick Webb’s Wayne Mercer (VIC) Ford Falcon XY GTHO 10 12:57.4431
11 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 10 12:57.6091
12 Sunliner RV Tony Hunter (VIC) Chevrolet Monza 2+2 10 13:04.6768
13 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin (VIC) Holden HQ Monaro 10 13:05.1482
14 Whiteline Transport Racing Mark King (QLD) Chevrolet Camaro RS 10 13:25.0616
DNF Darwin Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica (VIC) Ford Falcon XB Coupe  9 11:33.0648
DNF Hercules Engines Steve Mason (NSW) Chevrolet Camaro  1  1:28.3817

Result: Touring Car Masters Race 2, Hidden Valley

1 Payce/Wilson Security Steven Johnson (QLD) Ford Mustang TransAm 10 15:09.1249
2 Whiteline Transport Racing/Lub Andrew Miedecke (NSW) Chevrolet Camaro SS 10 15:10.5550
3 Dunlop Super Dealers/Wilson Security John Bowe (VIC) Torana SLR 5000 10 15:11.3490
4 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards (VIC) AMC Javelin 10 15:11.8283
5 iseek Racing Jason Gomersall (QLD) Torana SLR 5000 10 15:13.7023
6 Mopar Performance Greg Crick (TAS) Chrysler Charger E55 10 15:19.9591
7 Outbound Racing/wheels.com.pg Keith Kassulke (QLD) Ford Falcon XB Coupe 10 15:21.3350
8 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher (NSW) Ford Falcon XY GTHO 10 15:22.6139
9 Glennan’s Transport Cameron Tilley (NSW) Valiant Pacer 10 15:24.6146
10 Whiteline Transport Racing/Kin Mark King (QLD) Chevrolet Camaro RS 10 15:27.3181
11 Lyndways Builders/Mick Webb’s Wayne Mercer (VIC) Ford Falcon XY GTHO 10 15:31.1583
12 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 10 15:31.2660
13 Darwin Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica (VIC) Ford Falcon XB Coupe 10 15:31.8299
14 Sunliner RV Tony Hunter (VIC) Chevrolet Monza 2+2 10 15:36.2131
15 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin (VIC) Holden HQ Monaro 10 15:36.5469
16 Hercules Engines Steve Mason (NSW) Chevrolet Camaro 10 15:37.8440
DNF Rain City Racing Gavin Bullas (VIC) Ford Mustang Fastback  6 10:16.8515
DNF Outbound Racing/Treloar Roses Garry Treloar (VIC) Holden HQ Monaro
DNF calga.biz Bill Pye (NSW) Chevrolet Camaro

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