TOURING CAR MASTERS PREVIEW - Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000


  • PAYCE Headquarters, Sydney NSW.

John Bowe building on the back of last year's mighty Bathurst effort at Mt Panorama.

John Bowe hoping for something similar to last year's two wins and a second in the three races driving the Torana SL/R 5000.

Absent this year will be his former mount, 'Mustang Sally' that has moved to another stable and won't be in the line-up.

Steve Johnson back behind the wheel of his Ford Falcon GTHO …

Steve will be back in his latest drive, the Ford Falcon GTHO, and is expected to give JB strong competition again this year. With Johnson behind the wheel of the Mustang last year, the two cars swapped positions throughout the three races to finish 1-2 in all three races.

Fast competition in this years Touring Car Masters – Brian Boyd

"This category is another that is panning out to be one of the most competitive in years, with nine different drivers and four different makes winning from 18 races. JB currently leads the championship but the competition grows with each meeting," noted Mr Brian Boyd.

"Bathurst is one of JB's favourite tracks with lots of good memories over the years. The list of achievements is long and includes six wins in the 24 TCM races over the eight years that TCM races have been held there," he said.

Kiwi competition comes to the Grid and gets set for an epic battle for the mountain - Mr Brian Boyd.

"A highlight this year will be the invasion from across the ditch by 26 cars that regularly compete in New Zealand's Central Muscle Cars championship.

"Their addition to the three race program will see up to 55 muscle cars – most of them V8s – certain to thrill drivers, spectators and viewers alike as they thunder around the track."

The overseas visitors are split into two groups. Group 1 are the outright quickest cars and feature wild bodywork and big capacity engines, some over 400 cubic inches plus bigger wheels and aerodynamics. Group 2 are close to our historic touring cars category in that they retain more of the heritage style of their day.

Over the Bathurst meeting, the CMC cars will be restricted to a rev limit as per TCM technical specifications. The three rolling start races will vary in format to increase interest and fairness and add to the excitement of the faster cars weaving their way through the field.

Race 1 will be based on times as set in Friday morning's qualifying session. Race 2 for the Waeco Trophy will see around half the field from qualifying reversed and start from the rear. Race 3 will be a progressive grid from the finishing order of race one, but with a twist - the local TCM cars will line up on one side of the grid and the CMC cars on the other in an Aussie versus Kiwis epic battle.