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Sep 9, 2016

WEATHER IN THE WAY OF FORM GUIDE AT PHILLIP ISLAND

 

Phillip Island's notorious weather has gotten in the way of establishing a clear form guide for this weekend’s Shannons TT – the sixth round of the 2016 Touring Car Masters Series.

The only constant was the fact that it was a Holden topping both sessions today – Torana ace Jason Gomersall fastest in a mostly dry opening practice and Brett Youlden’s Monaro quickest in the wetter session later in the afternoon.

Gomersall’s practice 1 benchmark was a quick 1:42.28 – less than a second behind the current Touring Car Masters lap record at Phillip Island, set by John Bowe in last year’s season finale.

Bowe shaded Gomersall in the opening session with Andrew Fisher third in the Jesus Racing Falcon GTHO. Tony Karanfilovski and Jim Richards completed the top five.

Lap times were more than 12 seconds slower thanks to the rain that fell before and during practice two, however former Phillip Island TCM winner Brett Youlden didn’t seem to mind the inclement conditions and vaulted straight to the top of the charts early in the session.

 

His 1:54.14 lap was good enough to last as the quickest time all session, fellow Victorian Eddie Abelnica proving the prowess of the Melbourne’s Cheapest Cars XB Falcon in the wet thanks to the second quickest time.

Steve Johnson, Andrew Fisher and John Bowe completed the top five in the wet session.

Other notable performers today included Keith Kassulke (seventh in the dry and ninth in the wet), Rusty French (10th and eighth) and Mark King, who ended up sixth in the rain in his Whiteline Racing Camaro.

Adam Garwood was quickly up to speed in his 'replacement' Holden Torana A9X Hatchback, lapping 10th fastest in the second session.

Saturday's action includes qualifying (11:30am) and Race 1 (3:40pm), with live timing available at natsoft.com.au

Sunday's two races will be streamed live via the TCM website and the Motorsports TV app.

Content and images supplied from Touring Car Masters

Practice 1

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL   Laps   Fastest...Lap        Gap

1    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall          Torana SLR 5000      5000          6     5 1:42.2877* 
2    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe                Torana SLR 5000      5047          4     4 1:42.7312  0:00.4435
3     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher            Falcon XY GGTHO      5800          4     2 1:44.3822  0:02.0945
4    88  TIFS Warehousing & Distributio Tony Karanfilovski       Mustang Trans Am     5800          5     4 1:44.7826  0:02.4949
5     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards             Javelin              5890          5     3 1:45.0460  0:02.7583
6    48  Melbourne's Cheapest Cars      Eddie Abelnica           Ford Falcon XB       5800          4     2 1:45.5970  0:03.3093
7    52  Outbound Racing / wheels.com.p Keith Kassulke           Monaro GTS Coupe     5800          5     5 1:45.9909  0:03.7032
8    74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer             Falcon XY GT HO      5800          6     6 1:47.3671  0:05.0794
9    46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin                Boss Mstang          5810          5     5 1:47.7211  0:05.4334
10    7  Skye Sands                     Rusty French             Chev Camaro SS       5800          5     5 1:52.8291  0:10.5414
11   17  Synergy Race Engines           Steve Johnson            Falcon XY GTHO       5800          4     3 1:54.1371  0:11.8494
12   85  Whiteline Transport Racing / K Mark King                Chev Camaro RS       5800          2     1 1:59.7090  0:17.4213
13   30  Thunder Road Racing Aust.      Glenn Seton              Mustang Coupe        5000          1     1 2:00.9074  0:18.6197
14   19  Tincone Industrial Services    Darren Beale             Monaro GTS Coupe     5800          5     5 2:01.6323  0:19.3446
15   12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood             Torana A9X Hatchback 5000          3     3 2:08.0773  0:25.7896
16   56  Gabriel Shock Absorbers / PIAR Brett Youlden            Monaro GTS CoupeHQ   5800          1     1 2:10.6604  0:28.3727

Practice 2

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL   Laps   Fastest...Lap        Gap

1    56  Gabriel Shock Absorbers/ PIARC Brett Youlden (Vic)      Monaro GTS CoupeHQ   5800          5     2 1:54.1427* 
2    48  Melbourne's Cheapest Cars      Eddie Abelnica (Vic)     Ford Falcon XB       5800          3     1 1:55.0156  0:00.8729
3    17  Synergy Race Engines           Steve Johnson (Qld)      Falcon XY GTHO       5800          3     3 1:56.3123  0:02.1696
4     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      Falcon XY GGTHO      5800          6     1 1:57.3895  0:03.2468
5    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe (Vic)          Torana SLR 5000      5047          4     1 1:57.5552  0:03.4125
6    85  Whiteline Transport Racing     Mark King (Qld)          Chev Camaro RS       5800          3     3 2:01.7341  0:07.5914
7     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (Vic)       Javelin              5890          4     4 2:02.1372  0:07.9945
8     4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (Vic)       Mustang Fastback     5800          5     5 2:03.4264  0:09.2837
9    52  Outbound Racing / wheels.com.p Keith Kassulke (Qld)     Monaro GTS Coupe     5800          3     2 2:03.9209  0:09.7782
10   12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood (Tas)       Torana A9X Hatchback 5000          4     2 2:03.9552  0:09.8125
11   95  Whiteline Transport Racing / F Adam Bressington (NSW)   Chev Comaro SS       5800          5     3 2:05.1055  0:10.9628
12   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer (Vic)       Falcon XY GT HO      5800          2     1 2:07.5486  0:13.4059
13   35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (Qld)    Torana SLR 5000      5000          1     1 2:10.0705  0:15.9278
14   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (Vic)          Boss Mstang          5810          2     2 2:13.9237  0:19.7810
15   30  Thunder Road Racing Aust.      Glenn Seton (Qld)        Mustang Coupe        5000          1     1 2:23.6646  0:29.5219
16   19  Tincone Industrial Services    Darren Beale (Qld)       Monaro GTS Coupe     5800          6     1 2:29.5772  0:35.4345
17   22  Aussie Muscle Car Run / PRT    Graham Stewart (SA)      Monaro GTS Coupe