2023-06-11 15:50:00

John Bowe has ensured a fairytale ending at the Winton Motor Raceway as part of the Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters Series, taking victory ahead of rival Steve Johnson.

Starting the race in second, the series veteran controlled the rolling start to make his way past the series leader in Johnson, setting up an intriguing battle between the two which would play out until the final moments of the race.

Bowe, who first competed at Winton all the way back in 1974, used his experience to control the pace and put the Torana exactly where he needed to be to block any opportunity of the Johnson Mustang had to spoil the party.

Bowe would cross the line in first less than a second ahead of Johnson so claim his second victory of the season.

Coming home in a comfortable third place was Saturday Trophy Race winner Andrew Fisher, with the Jesus Racing entry finishing two seconds clear of the Holden Torana A9X piloted by Danny Buzadzic.

Meanwhile, plenty of action behind provided onlookers with another classic TCM encounter throughout, highlighted by a breathtaking battle between Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford, R&J Batteries/Action Marcus Zukanovic and Garwood Racing’s Adam Garwood.

The three intertwined positions in the back half of the race, but it was Hansford who was able to finally enjoy a solid result, finishing fifth in his #6 Torana after enduring a troubled weekend of racing.

A risky move almost paid off for Zukanovic which would have seen him finish ahead of Hansford, but instead he would have to settle for sixth place in front of Garwood.

Coming home in eighth was Anglomoil Superior Lubricants Cameron Tilley, with the New South Welshman finding himself in the midst of battles for position throughout but unable to execute and close the gap in the title race.

TIFS Third Party Logistics Tony Karanfilovski did enough for a ninth-place finish, while SNB Berryman Racing’s Warren Trewin rounded out the top 10 in his Holden Monaro HQ.

Despite not taking victory, Johnson’s second place finish ensured the round win ahead of Fisher and local legend and race three winner Bowe.

Johnson also extends his series lead to 127 points ahead of Tilley, while Hansford sits in third on equal points with Fisher.

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