Jim Richards moves up to second place in TCM championship
17 JULY 2015
A consistent weekend in the top end has seen Jim move up to second place in the Pro Masters class of the Enzed Touring Car Masters championship in the Shannons Javelin.
Jim finished in the top four of every practice and qualifying session as well as the three races to finish fourth overall for the weekend and move up one place in the championship standings with four rounds to go.
Four new Hoosier tyres were bolted on for the two practice sessions with the Javelin finishing third in session one and fourth in session two with times very close to the leaders. Everyone was on new tyres for the single qualifying session and with the new track surface providing excellent grip the times were well below the previous best.
John Bowe finished up on top in the Holden powered Torana with Steven Johnson second in the Bowe owned Mustang and Jim third only seven tenths of a second behind Bowe. In the first ten lap race Jim finished fourth behind Johnson ,Bowe and Andrew Miedecke in the Camaro but there were less than two seconds between the top four at the end of the race.
Bowe established a new lap record in the race but a measure of how close it was is that Jim was only one hundredth of a second slower than Bowe and the old record was beaten by no less than ten drivers. “The new surface was great and extremely consistent which was demonstrated by my fastest lap coming on lap eight when normally you would expect it to happen much earlier in the race when the tyres are fresher”. said Jim.
With the extra grip out of the final turn onto the long front straight the leading TCM cars were only ten kilometres slower on the straight than the V8 Supercars. Johnson won again in the second ten lap race from Miedecke and Bowe with Jim fourth after earlier slipping back to sixth at the first corner. Jim had to work his way past Gavin Bullas in the Mustang and Jason Gomersall in the Chev powered Torana and was closing on the front three at the finish.
After starting from fourth in the final ten lap race Jim found himself back in sixth again after the first corner as everyone filed through searching for position but with the Javelins brakes working superbly he was able to work his way up to a close third at the finish behind Bowe and Johnson. “The car was the best it has ever been and I’m very happy with the result. There are still a few small things we can do to improve the handling but overall the car was great especially the brakes”. said a delighted Jim.
“To be second in the championship is very pleasing and it just shows that if you can get consistent results the overall result will take care of itself”. said Jim.
Andrew Miedecke now leads the championship on 557 points with Jim just 14 behind on 543, Greg Crick in the Charger on 532 followed by Mark King in the Camaro on 461 and Gavin Bullas on 460.
Despite missing a round and having a poor result in Adelaide Bowe is sixth on 438 points and with four rounds to go and the Torana showing plenty of speed he cannot be discounted for another title.
The next round of the championship will be at Queensland Raceway on July 31-August 2.
The Shannons Javelin is also supported by Adrenalin ,Leatherman stainless steel tools and Porsche.