Friday, Oct 11 10:52am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Angus Fogg and Andrew Anderson star in TCM opener

V8 touring car veterans Angus Fogg and Andrew Anderson were the stars of the show in the Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters opener at Mount Panorama.

A total of 15 cars from New Zealand are racing as part of the muscle car field, which plays support to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Fogg and Anderson traded lap record times in the six-lap race as they fought for bragging rights against their Trans-Tasman counterparts. Fogg was fastest by the end of the race with a record-setting lap time of 2:16.2291 on Lap 5.


The Andrew Anderson no. 171 Pinepac Ford Falcon XE

Fogg started from third in his Ford Mustang Fastback while Anderson was down the order in 12th in his Ford Falcon XE. In between them sat Hugh Gardiner in fifth behind the wheel of his Chevrolet Camaro.

A frenetic start saw the 40-car field pile into Turn 1 headed by multiple V8 Ute Series champion Ryal Harris and Steven Johnson. Incredibly, Johnson dived down the inside of Harris through Sulman Park and into McPhillmany Park to complete a pass on approach to Brock’s Skyline.

Gardiner made the biggest moves early on in the race as he charged past Fogg, then second-generation racer Aaron Seton and finally Ryal Harris. However, he failed to finish the race after a mechanical problem just two laps into the race.


That left Fogg and Anderson as the leading Kiwi duo. After a slow getaway initially due to drizzle on the circuit, Fogg began to charge back through the field. So too did Anderson.

With the Kiwi cars unrestricted, they were able to catch the Australian cars up Mountain Straight and down Conrod Straight with Fogg hitting upwards of 300 km/h.

Soon enough, Anderson was knocking on the door of the top five while Fogg was challenging for the podium. With a lap to go Fogg blew by Seton and then Harris. Given another lap and Johnson would’ve been within his crosshairs. Anderson managed to climb to fifth on the final lap with a pass on Aaron Bressington.


Bruce Anderson finished 10th in the no. 169 Ford Mustang Fastback

“The car is going really well, I was just a bit cautious at the beginning there because of the cold and it was a little bit wet,” Fogg said after finishing second.

“The last thing I want to do it put it in the wall. The guys have done a great job on the car. It’s hauling up the top.”

Bruce Anderson, father of Andrew, was the third best-placed Kiwi entry in 10th overall. Race 2 of the Touring Car Masters gets underway at 5:25 pm NZST on Friday.