JIM HAS LUCKY ESCAPE AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY
3 AUGUST 2015
Jim Richards and the Shannons Javelin missed being involved in a major three car crash by inches on the opening lap of race two of round five of the Enzed Touring Car Masters at Queensland Raceway on Sunday.
Jim was in sixth place as he turned into the turn three hairpin when he caught a glimpse of an out the control Valiant of Cameron Tilley barrelling across the infield directly into his path.
“I immediately hit the accelerator and the Valiant missed the back of the Javelin by no more than six inches so we were very lucky to get away without any damage”. said a relieved Richards.
Unfortunately the news was not good for those behind with Keith KIassulke’s Falcon hit very hard by the Valiant and then to add insult to injury the rear of the Falcon was hit by Greg Crick’s V8 Valiant which had nowhere to go.
The damage to all three cars was extensive and at this stage it’s unknown if the Falcon can be repaired.
Jim qualified fourth for the first of three races and looked set to finish in that position until Glenn Seton managed to get past in the 302 Mustang.
Steven Johnson scored the first of three wins in the John Bowe Mustang with Andrew Miedecke second in the Camaro and Bowe third in the Torana.
For the second race Jim lined up fifth for the now traditional rolling start but found himself back in sixth when Eddie Abelnica used the grass verge to get the jump at the start.
At the finish Johnson and Miedecke were first and second with Seton next after passing Bowe and then came Abelnica from Jim in the Javelin.
In the final race it was another Johnson victory but he had to work hard to keep Bowe at bay and that’s how they finished with Miedecke third from Abelnica and Jim.
“Overall it was a good weekend although I would have liked to be a bit more competitive with the front runners. The car was good without being brilliant but I’m extremely happy to come away from the meeting with an undamaged car”. said Richards.
The final order for the round was Johnson ,Miedecke ,Bowe with Jim and Abelnica equal fourth.
As far as the Enzed Pro-Masters series is concerned after five rounds Miedecke leads on 721 points with Jim second on 675, Bowe on 594, Mark King on 575, Crick 568 and Johnson on 536 in sixth place.
Overall it was a sad weekend for the Shannons team and the TCM fraternity generally who were still coming to grips with the tragic death of fellow TCM competitor Bill Pye who died in a plane crash on his property in NSW prior to the meeting.
Bill last raced at Darwin in his immaculate Bob Jane replica Chev Camaro but wasn’t going to compete last weekend in Queensland due to the car undergoing repairs from an accident at the Darwin round.
“Bill was a great bloke and a very enthusiastic competitor who loved the sport and was much respected by all who knew him. The Shannons team will miss him very much and will always remember his smiling face and easy going approach to life. On behalf of the team I extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and family and many friends on this very sad occasion”. said Jim.
The next round of the Enzed series will be at Sydney Motor Sport Park on September 4 to 6.
Jim and the Shannons Javelin are also supported by Adrenalin ,Leatherman multi tools and Porsche Australia.
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