COATES HIRE IPSWICH SUPER SPRINT 2016 - BRIAN BOYD PREVIEW REPORT - TCM
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Team PAYCE - The Touring Car Masters return to Willowbank's Queensland Raceway in Ipswich later this week
The Ipswich weather forecast is for fine days over the three day event, maxing out to around 27-28 degrees.
The teams are thrilled at the prospect of more sunny Queensland weather before heading to the much colder conditions for the next two rounds in Sydney and Melbourne.
PAYCE's Managing Director, Brian Boyd said Team PAYCE will be represented by John Bowe who will fly the flag for PAYCE in the #18 Holden Torana SL/R 5000.
Newsflash - JB Sells Mustang Sally – Brian Boyd
PAYCE's Managing Director, Brian Boyd said John Bowe is probably relieved that his former mount, Mustang Sally, has been sold and retired to the paddock - at least for now.
Last year, with Steve Johnson behind the wheel, the Mustang cleaned up the field at this circuit, although JB kept Steve honest in each of the three races. JB was still able to rack up three good results, with a 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
HEach round this season has seen more competitive cars and drivers being added to the TCM field and Ipswich will be no different.
Jim Richards brings his Ford Falcon Sprint out of Retirement for Ipswich – Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said it will be great for the category to have Jim Richards lining up in a refreshed version of his former title-winning Ford Falcon Sprint after bringing it out of retirement to replace his usual drive, the AMC Javelin, which is in the workshop for attention.
"This is the car that took Jim to TCM championships in 2010 and 2013 and I understand Jim plans to campaign the Falcon in the remaining rounds," offered Brian Boyd.
"The car has had a complete rebuild of the drive train and is now fitted with a 302 engine replacing the original 289, so we can expect a significant boost in performance.
"JB is good mates with Jim and has been racing him for at least the last 30 years. JB was one of the first to welcome the news that the Ford Sprint was back in action," said Brian Boyd.
JB Leads the Championship with Challengers Aplenty – Brian Boyd.
Bowe still has a firm grip on the championship, but his lead has been whittled down in the last couple of rounds.
Both he and Jason Gomersall in the Torana A9X Hatchback are predicted to be front runners again this weekend, but within the field of 26 starters there are several drivers who will be out to take them on, including last year's triple winner at the circuit, Steve Johnson, who has surprised everyone with the speed and handling of the Ford Falcon XY GTHO.
"As usual, JB is relishing the competition and is even more determined to hold onto his lead now that he has some serious challengers for this year's title," Brian Boyd said.
John Bowe currently leads by a small nine point margin over Steve Johnson with three rounds to go in the championship.
TRACK SCHEDULE - Friday 22 July
|10.15am - Touring Car Masters||Practice 1 - 20mins|
|12.15pm - Touring Car Masters||Practice 2 - 20 mins|
TRACK SCHEDULE - Saturday 23 July
|9.50am - Touring Car Masters||Qualifying - 20 mins|
|12.20pm - Touring Car Masters||Race 1 - 13 laps|
|3.10pm - Touring Car Masters||Race 2 - 13 laps|
TRACK SCHEDULE - Sunday 24 July
|12.50pm - Touring Car Masters||Race 3|
Go Team PAYCE!