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24 MAY 2016

The long haul from Melbourne to Darwin for round four of the Touring Car Masters series produced a trouble free run for the Shannons AMC Javelin with Jim happy to finish where he thought would be the case.

In the opening practice session Jim was fourth behind Jason Gomersall in the A9X Torana, John Bowe in the Torana and Eddie Abelnica in the Falcon two door and then he was fifth in session two behind Gomersall, Glenn Seton in the Mustang, Bowe and Steve Johnson in the Falcon GTHO.

Qualifying proved to be very close affair with Jim sixth behind Bowe, Gomersall, Johnson, Seton and Abelnica and as measure of how close it was only one second covered the top six cars.

In the first ten lap race Jim moved up to fourth mid way through when both Gomersall and Abelnica went off at turn one in front of him and while the Javelin recorded the fastest lap of the race Jim was unable to make any impression on the top three of Johnson, Bowe and Seton.

“I was very happy that I could stay in touch with leaders and obviously with the fastest lap in the race the car was working very well and at the end the four cars were only separated by less than two seconds”. said Jim.

At the start of race two, from grid position four, Jim got shuffled back in the pack going down to turn one and had to work his way through to finally finish sixth behind Johnson, Abelnica, Seton, Gomersall and Bowe with only four seconds covering the top six cars.

“I was on the right hand side of the track going into turn one so I had to go round the outside to avoid any contact and that put me out of touch with leaders”. said Jim The third race was the usual reverse grid event with Jim down towards the rear of the field and as he has done in the past Jim was a little conservative to avoid getting caught up in someone else’s problem and he came home eighth.

Despite his cautionary approach Jim actually recorded the second fastest lap of the race behind Bowe who suffered a rare DNF.

The overall Pro-Masters point score for the weekend saw Johnson finish on 170 points from Seton on 158, Abelnica on 144 and Jim fourth on 137.

After four rounds Bowe leads with 617 points from Johnson on 608, Abelnica on 569, Seton on 545, Mark King in the Camaro on 491 and Jim sixth on 484.

The fifth round of the series will be at Queensland Raceway on July 22-24 and Jim plans to debut the fully rebuilt Falcon Sprint which now features the upgraded 302ci engine.

“I’m hoping the car will be faster than the Javelin, which obviously is a lot heavier than the Sprint, plus I will be able to run a higher rev limit than I could in the Javelin”. said Jim.

The Sprint will not have the horsepower of the 351ci engines but Jim is hoping that his Mick Webb built motor will be able to match the performance of the Bowe, Seton and Gomersall cars.

Jim arrived back from Darwin on Thursday night but his busy schedule continues as he leaves early Sunday morning to drive the transporter to Sydney for a drive day on Monday.

Apart from major long standing support from Shannons Jim is also supported by Leatherman Tools, Adrenalin, Porsche and Dunlop.

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