JOHNSON ROCKETS TO SERIES LEAD
STEVE JOHNSON has stormed to the top of the Touring Car Masters standings thanks to a victory in the 250th TCM race this morning in Newcastle.
Adam Bressington had crossed the line first however was penalised by race control officials after being judged to have been out of position on the rolling start.
Starting from the outside of the front row Bressington got the jump on pole sitter Ryan Hansford on the run into turn one pulling away on the run up hill to turn two on the opening lap to build a clear margin.
Steven Johnson meanwhile muscled his way past title rival John Bowe on the run downhill in a thrilling side-by-side battle past NewcastleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s iconic Fort Scratchley.
He then passed Hansford on the sixth lap to elevate himself into a provisional championship lead by three points heading into the final 12-lap race to be held on Sunday afternoon.
Johnson set out after Bressington however was unable to catch the flying Whiteline Racing Camaro though was elevated ahead after Bressington was penalised.
As such Johnson leads by just three points with just one race to go.
Behind the two leaders Hansford finished second to record his fifth podium of the season.
The Multispares Torana held out a concerted race-long attack from John Bowe but was able to fend off the advances of the former championship leader who was unable to make any headway throughout the race.
Bressington was ultimately classifed fourth after his penalty but remains in championship calculations just 29 points behind the leader.
The Whiteline Racing driver did however seal the ProAm titlen
Bruce Williams finished an outstanding fifth and finished on the tail of Hansford and Bowe in an all-Torana battle for the final spot on the podium.
Cameron Mason followed the ACDelco car home in sixth to record his best result of the season in front of local friends and family.
Jason Gomersall was seventh while Tony Karanfilovski Cameron Tilley and Brad Tilley completed the top-10 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the Tilley Brothers battling for much of the race.
Jim Pollicina and Gavin Bullas both failed to finish.
The final race of the 2017 TCM season will be held at 1:45pm local time and will be shown on both FOX Sports 506 and Channel 10.
*Results are provisional.
NEWCASTLE – RACE 1
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pos Car Competitor/Team Driver Vehicle Cap CL Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap1 17 WM Waste / Illusion Gas Log Fi Steve Johnson (QLD) Ford Mustang Fastbac 12 15:56.3006 2 1:18.3988R2 6 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford (QLD) Holden Torana SL R 12 15:57.9333 12 1:18.7154 3 18 Wilson Security / PAYCE John Bowe (VIC) Holden Torana SL R 12 15:58.1069 4 1:18.5556 4 95 Whiteline Racing / Fabre Austr Adam Bressington (NSW) Chevrolet Camaro SS 12 15:58.9257 3 1:18.5601 5 5 ACDelco Bruce Williams (VIC) Holden Torana SL R 12 15:59.2785 7 1:18.8050 6 3 F3 Motor Auctions / Lucky's Ho Cameron Mason (NSW) Ford Mustang Fastbac 12 16:10.1311 10 1:19.5404 7 35 Bigmate Racing Jason Gomersall (QLD) Holden Torana A X Ha 12 16:18.8708 9 1:20.3471 8 88 TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 12 16:20.5089 12 1:19.9741 9 60 Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL Lu Cameron Tilley (NSW) Valiant Pacer 12 16:23.4252 3 1:20.0013 10 28 Speedgas / Brad Tilley Auto Ga Brad Tilley (NSW) Ford Falcon XY GT HO 12 16:23.8604 4 1:20.4613 11 85 Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King (QLD) Holden Monaro GTS Co 12 16:24.3274 3 1:20.5090 12 74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer (VIC) Ford Falcon XY GT HO 12 16:41.6577 10 1:21.6854 13 29 Burrells Soils & Sand / Brad T Jamie Tilley (NSW) Ford Mustang Coupe 12 16:43.1107 10 1:21.5794 14 2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards (VIC) Ford Falcon Sprint 12 16:43.7248 10 1:21.7517 15 72 GFR Industries Geoff Fane (QLD) Chevrolet Camaro SS 12 16:44.0971 3 1:22.1848 16 4 Skye Sands Rusty French (VIC) Ford Mustang Fastbac 12 16:46.2265 6 1:21.8651 17 65 Cannon Trailers Michael Cannon (QLD) Ford Falcon XY GT HO 12 16:47.2262 5 1:22.1260 18 46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin (VIC) Ford Boss Mustang 12 16:48.1759 6 1:21.8825 19 19 Tincone Industrial Services Darren Beale (QLD) Holden Monaro GTS Co 12 17:13.1786 5 1:23.7459 20 7 Wisely Motorsport Bob Wisely (QLD) Holden Torana A X 11 16:57.7928 2 1:26.4226 DNF 27 MOCOMM Motorsport Communicatio Jim Policina (NSW) Holden Monaro GTS Co 9 12:47.0470 5 1:21.7335 DNF 16 Carne Grill / Precinct Bar Gavin Bullas (VIC) Ford Mustang Fastbac 5 7:09.9195 4 1:20.5337