News Team TRT November 20, 2023 (Comments off) (264)


A MUSCLE CAR title bout as if from the history books awaits when the Gulf Western Oils Touring Car Masters Series heads for a championship showdown at the VAILO Adelaide 500 this week. 

Two famous surnames, owned by the sons of two Aussie motorsport legends, will battle for the title and they’ll do it with one in a Holden and one in a Ford.

It will be the key storyline among many as a strong 27-car field line up on the Adelaide streets this weekend.

Three-time TCM champion Steven Johnson will look to add a fourth title aboard his 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am, while Ryan Hansford will aim to stop him and go back-to-back aboard his Holden Torana A9X.

The pair are split by just 75 points with 200 up for grabs across three championship races and the inverted grid Trophy Race this week in Adelaide.

Johnson was in conservative mode at Bathurst recently, while Hansford nibbled away at the Mustang drivers’ championship lead with a series of strong performances.

The pair shared the front row in Adelaide twelve months ago and while Johnson swept the weekend’s championship races, Hansford did enough to seal his maiden TCM title on the Adelaide streets.

Meanwhile, a titanic scrap for third in the championship is set to unfold this weekend with Marcus Zukanovic (Ford Falcon), Cameron Tilley (Valiant Pacer), Andrew Fisher (Holden Torana) and the legendary John Bowe all split by just 28 points in third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Zukanovic is coming off a career weekend in TCM at Mount Panorama, while Tilley’s strong recent form also saw him leap Fisher in the standings heading into the finale’.

Bowe, meanwhile, will be looking to cap off his year-long ‘ciao for now’ tour as he enters his final Touring Car Masters weekend as a full-time driver in the category.

The key title protagonists may find them looking at the Chevrolet Camaro tail-lights of the local squad Whiteline Racing, who will return with their two-car team this weekend.

South Australian and recently crowned Aussie Racing Cars champion Joel Heinrich will once again drive the team’s #95 entry, having swept the round at The Bend Motorsport Park in August, while Geoff Fane will drive the sister car.

The Adelaide team have a strong track record of success at their home venue and will look to add to that this weekend off the back of Heinrich’s form at the permanent circuit three months ago.

The superb Adelaide grid is bolstered by several invitational category drivers from Adelaide, plus the six cars visiting Australia from the Touring Car Masters New Zealand Series.

The TCM grid will be the first cars on track at this year’s VAILO Adelaide 500 with their practice session set for 8:00am on Thursday morning, to be followed by Qualifying later that morning.

That will be followed on Friday by the Trophy Race at 9:25am and the first championship race of the weekend at 4:15pm.

Race 2 (11:30am Saturday) and Race 3 (11:25am Sunday) then complete the weekend, with coverage across Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sports.

ENTRY LIST – Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters Series

2Pro AmGarwood RacingAdamGarwoodVICHoldenVB Commodore6000White/Blue/Red
3Pro AmWestern General Body worksDannyBuzadzicVICHoldenTorana A9X6000White
4Pro SportNorthside TaxisAllanHughesQLDHoldenTorana5000White
6Pro MasterMultispares RacingRyanHansfordQLDHoldenTorana A9X5000Yellow/Blue
7Pro AmMoCOMM Motorsport CommsJimPollicinaNSWHoldenTorana A9X5000White/Black/Red
09Pro MasterJesus RacingAndrewFisherNSWHoldenTorana A9X5800Red
12Pro SportDepulu Wheel Reconditioners Gold CoastPeterBurnittQLDHoldenTorana A9X5000White
17Invitational AusDennis TransportHagenZerkSAFordXA GT Coupe5800Black
18Pro MasterRare Spares /PAYNTER DIXONJohnBoweVICHoldenTorana SL/R 50005000Black/White
30Invitational AusTeam Quartz MotorsportChrisMeulengraafSAPorscheIROC3600White
33Pro MasterHancock RacingStevenJohnsonNSWFordMustang Trans Am5800Silver/Green
55Pro SportBullet Trailers Racing TeamJohnAdamsVICFordFalcon XY GT5800White
60Pro AmAnglomoil Superior LubricantsCameronTilleyNSWValiantPacer6000Blue
62Invitational AusPalmers Sales and MarketingJasonPalmerSABMWE303250 
70Invitational AusHigh Performance MotorsportIanPriceNSWFordEscort Mk II2000White /Blue
71Pro MasterAction Motor IndustriesMarcusZukanovicVICFordFalcon XD5800White/Blue
77Pro SportSNB Berryman RacingWarrenTrewinVICHoldenHQ Monaro5810Blue
85Pro AmDaimler Trucks Adelaide/Ausblue/NTI InsuranceGeoffFaneQLDChevroletCamaro SS5800Yellow
88Pro AmTIFS Third Party LogisticsTonyKaranfilovskiNSWFordMustang Trans Am5800Orange
95Pro MasterDaimler Trucks Adelaide/Ausblue/NTI InsuranceJoelHeinrichSAChevroletCamaro RS5800Yellow
99Pro AmRedAss Burrito / Bespoke Financial AdvisoryBenDunnNSWChevroletMonza6000White
104Invitational NZLife Sciences NZColinMeadowsNZChevroletCamaro White
110Invitational NZNZTCMSeanMcCaughanNZFordFalcon XY GTHO5800White
117Invitational NZNZTCMGregCuttanceNZFordFalcon XE6555Blue
133Invitational NZNZTCMDennisLovegroveNZPontiacFirebird7000 
143Invitational NZFluidex Transport / Engine DynamicsTonyGalbraithNZValiantCharger6000Orange
184Invitational NZHamilton AsphaltsLanceHughesNZHoldenTorana SLR50006700Red

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