JIM WRAPS UP SECOND PLACE IN PRO-MASTERS TCM SERIES AT PHILLIP ISLAND.
24 NOVEMBER 2015
The final round of the Enzed Touring Car Masters at Phillip Island saw Jim lose his top spot on the series leader board with John Bowe scoring his fourth TCM Pro-Masters title having scored two wins and a second to win the round.
Going into the round Jim had a slender five point lead in the Shannons AMC Javelin and was expecting the second placed Torana of Bowe and the Mustang of Steve Johnson to be the front runners.
The two practice sessions on Friday were very wet and Jim finished 8th and 7th which proved to be significant as qualifying was aborted after just two laps when Rusty French crashed his Mustang.
Jim had only been 17th at that point but then the officials decided to set the grid for race one based on the combined times from the two practice sessions so Jim started from 7th.
Pole sitter Greg Ritter, guest driving the Tony Hunter Chev Monza, went out early with mechanical problems and while Bowe, Johnson and Eddie Abelnica in the two door Falcon battled up front Jim had a battle of his own with the Tony Karanfiloski Mustang coming home in 5th place.
The finishing order for the second race was the same up front but this time Andrew Miedecke in the Camaro finished 4th in front of Karanfiloski and Jim in 6th place.
Johnson got the upper hand in race three over Bowe and Abelnica with a hard charging Ritter 4th and giving the Monza it’s best ever result in front of Miedecke and Karanfiloski with Jim a conservative 7th.
“The Javelin was fine all weekend but to be honest I was probably a little conservative not wishing to come away from the meeting with any major damage to the car”.said the seven time Bathurst winner.
“This year we contested 24 races at eight different venues and I’m very proud of the fact that we finished every race which is a tribute to my team of Bruce Tyson, Mick Webb, Russell Woolard and Brian Gelding .The boys have done a great job this year and I am very grateful for their efforts and commitment to ensure we gained a pleasing result”. said Jim.
The best qualifying for the series were third places at Winton and Darwin while the best overall result were two 4ths and a 3rd in Darwin and as well during the year the Javelin finished in the top six 16 times.
The disappointing round was at Symmons Plains where the car qualified a lowly 23rd due to a throttle linkage problem but then after finishing 13th and 8th in the first two races came home with a redeeming 4th place in the final race.
In the off season the Javelin will get an engine refresh and general tidy up to the paint work but apart from that there is not much to do.
As for next year Jim is leaning towards running, at some of the rounds, in the very popular Falcon Sprint which is undergoing a complete refurbish at the moment.
“I will alternate between the two cars next year but I’m not planning to put someone in the car that I am not driving”. said Jim.
This weekend Jim will be at the Geelong Sprints with the Javelin on display for Shannons and then it will be time to have a well earned break before the opening TCM round at Clipsal in Adelaide in February.
Jim has been supported throughout the year by Shannons, Leatherman Multi Tools, Adrenalin, the Porsche Centre and Dunlop.
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