Sunday, Oct 13 11:23am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Fogg leads Gardiner, Anderson to Kiwi TCM podium lockout

Angus Fogg, Hugh Gardiner and Andrew Anderson have locked out the podium in the Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters Trans–Tasman Challenge.


It was a dominant performance from the Kiwi trio who dominated from the outset.


“The car was magic in that one,” Fogg said.


“We had two tyres saved from the weekend, which we put on the back and away it went. The car was just a jet. Hopefully we can come back again.”


There was drama aplenty in the six-lap affair. Anderson threatened to kick it all off when he sent smoke signals from his Ford Falcon XE with a big lock up into Hell Conrner at the start.


While it was Steven Johnson who led the field into Turn 1, the unrestricted power of the Ford Mustang Fastback allowed Angus Fogg to surge into the lead.


Hugh Gardiner followed suit up Mountain Straight and was soon challenging Fogg for the lead. He sought to go around the outside at The Cutting, but Fogg held on.


Ryal Harris was a hard charger early on, but his day came to a premature end on Lap 2 when he crashed hard into the concrete wall at Griffins Bend.


Meanwhile, the Kiwi charge continued. Anderson made it a one-two-three after he dispatched Johnson on Lap 2 having only just got past Aaron Seton moments earlier.


While one Anderson was making headway, another was in the wars. Father Bruce Anderson came to blows with Ryan Hansford at Griffins Bend. Wheel-to-wheel contact went the Ford Mustang Fastback into a spin and into the tyre barrier, but Anderson managed to carry on.


The drama continued on Lap 3 when Ben Dunn collided with John Hepburn. The Cheverolet Monza launched into the air after making contact with the left rear wheel of the slowing Holden Monaro. Both cars were forced to retire.


BNT V8s regular Nick Ross stopped on Lap 4 in the Challenger and just moments later Aaron McGill had to pull over with damaged suspension to his Ford Falcon XW GT.


Fogg was untouchable out in front though. Gardiner was quick and set personal best sector splits late in the race, but Fogg was the class of the field with a fastest lap of 2:14.8525 around The Mountain.


Fogg and Gardiner came across the line in a form finish with Anderson a distant third. Seton was fourth with Johnson fifth.