CROWNBET DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN - BRIAN BOYD PREVIEW - TCM

  • PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.

Team PAYCE - The Touring Car Masters Round Returns to Hidden Valley for the Ninth Time Running.

Team PAYCE member and series leader, John Bowe(JB) has enjoyed many successes at the circuit over the years in a number of cars.

He won the very first round at the circuit in 2008 in a Chevy Camaro and then another three rounds between 2012 and 2014 in a Ford Mustang (Mustang Sally).


JB Knows the Track – Brian Boyd

"In last year's round, he elected to drive the #18 Holden Torana SL/R 5000 (which he will be driving this weekend) over Mustang Sally, but had to settle for second place overall to Steve Johnson, after he kindly gave the ride in Mustang Sally to Steve,"said Mr. Boyd. "He knows the track as well, if not better, than anyone," Brian Boyd continued.

"As a consolation, JB set a new lap record that gave him pole position for the seventh time in the eight consecutive years the category has come to Darwin." finished Brian Boyd.

TCM Category is Undoubtedly a Big Favourite with the Fans – Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd said: "The category is undoubtedly a big favourite with the fans who enjoy the spectacle of noise, close racing and sideways action of the classic collection of cars from the '60s and '70s."

This year the TCM category is rivalling Supercars for competitiveness and multiple race winners to date. With nine races now decided in the season, there have been six winners and new cars and drivers are being added to the grid each meeting, so the series championship remains wide open.

The Reverse Grid on Sunday is Proving to be Exciting and Challenging - Brian Boyd

A total of 22 cars will grid up for the three races in this weekend's round, including a number of former and new competitors. New cars include a Camaro, Valiant Charger R/T and HQ Holden GTS 350.

"The final race on Sunday will be a reverse grid, which is proving to be one of the most exciting and challenging for some as the fastest cars attempt to wend their way through the field from the rear," said Brian Boyd.

"It's also an opportunity for some of the drivers to show their potential when they have a clear track rather than when they are stuck in the middle or back of the pack."

JB Still Holds a Handy Lead – Brian Boyd

Jason Gomersall in his new 1978 Holden Torana A9X is looking to be JB's strongest competition after a strong debut at Winton last month.

He was the fastest in practice and finished second behind JB in the first two races. JB will also have a 300 rpm penalty applied for his wins at Winton, making his task to keep his lead that much harder this time round.

Brian Boyd said: "JB still holds a handy lead on points, but as the results show, he will certainly earn any successes in the second half of the series this year with the high quality field now competing on a regular basis."

Track schedule

Friday 17 June - 201610.25am-10.45am Practice 1 1.10pm-1.30pm Practice 2
Saturday 18 June - 201610.35am-10.55am Qualifying 1.45pm-2.05pm Race 1 (12 laps)
Sunday 19 June - 2016 11.50am-12.10pm Race 2 (10 laps) 4.00pm-4.20pm Race 3 (10 laps)
Go Team PAYCE!
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