Saturday, Oct 12 12:51pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Angus Fogg goes back-to-back at Mount Panorama

Two-time Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 starter Angus Fogg has gone two up in the Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters with a win in Race 3 at Mount Panorama.

After winning Race 2 of the weekend on Friday, Fogg began the penultimate race of the weekend from pole position. He initially got usurped by Adam Bressington, but he was given a five-second post-race penalty for being out of line on the start. That didn’t matter much as Fogg blew by the Chevrolet Camaro up Mountain Straight.

Bressington tucked in behind with Marcus Zukanovic, Steven Johnson and Ryal Harris in tow. Further afield, BNT V8s regular Nick Ross managed to make his way up to ninth at the end of Lap 1 in the Dodge Challenger dubbed Kowalski.

After a strong showing in Race 1 of the weekend, Andrew Anderson failed to make the start for Race 2 due to safety concerns. That meant he began the race from the rear. It was all looking good for the Ford Falcon XE having cracked the top 20, however, his race came undone on Lap 3 when he spun at Hell Corner. He eventually recovered to finish 23rd overall and fifth of the Kiwi cars.

Ross continued to make headway further down the field and eventually climbed to seventh overall after he dispatched Cameron Tiley and Marcus Zukanovic on Lap 4.

Up the front through, Fogg began to lose time to a hard-charging Harris who had forced his way through to second. While Fogg had the straight-line speed, Harris was quicker over the top of The Mountain.

Fogg briefly lost the lead to Harris on Lap 4 at Forest’s Elbow, but it wasn’t for long as the Ford Mustang Fastback blew back through on Conrod Straight.

A lap later and Fogg put his foot down and set the fastest lap of the race, a 2:16.4073, which was nearly a second faster than the second quickest car.

At the checkered flag, Fogg was 3.9 seconds clear of Harris. Johnson, Bowe and Aaron Seton completed the top five with Adam Bressington, Nick Ross, Cameron Tiley, Marcus Zukanovic and Cameron Mason rounding out the top 10.

Bruce Anderson made up a few places to claim 15th overall. He was the third-best Kiwi car in the field of 40 muscle cars. Unfortunately, Hugh Gardiner couldn’t complete a flying lap in his Chevrolet Camaro and retired on Lap 1.