• PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.

Touring Car Masters Championship Round Wrap Up with PAYCE MD, Brian Boyd.

Brian Boyd confirmed Team PAYCE driver and reigning champion, John Bowe, started the weekend just five points ahead of his main rival, Steve Johnson.

Championship to be Decided at Newcastle 500 Racing Event

JB Arrives with a 5 Point Edge on the Championship - Brian Boyd

"Both drivers have been on form throughout the season and it was expected they would battle for the 2017 crown," Brian offered.

"They were joined by a number of other strongly fancied competitors who, as it turned out, were to feature prominently in the results over the two races of the final round."

Hansford Tops the Timesheets in TCM Practice - Brian Boyd.

Brian Boyd commented the sole practice session on Friday had Ryan Hansford in his Torana top of the timesheets and John Bowe 3rd.

"Saturday's practice was a repeat of the top time with Hansford once again leading the field. JB came to a halt on track with a broken differential and had to settle for 6th fastest," Boyd continued.

"Qualifying followed in the afternoon and JB was back in action with the Torana's diff repaired, but not with his preferred ratio.

Brian Boyd noted Hansford continued to dominate the times and JB was able to put in a good run that placed him 3rd on the grid for the first of two races on Sunday.

Race One is Won by Steve Johnson, Followed by the Championship - Brian Boyd

"The first race on Sunday went to a re-vitalised Steve Johnson with JB third.

"This put Steve into the championship lead and with a repeat of placings in the final race, he took out the championship, beating JB by 11 points, the closest margin ever in TCM history," Brian pointed out.

Touring Car Masters Outstanding Throughout 2017 with Bigger Things Coming for 2018 - Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd believes the Touring Car Masters category was outstanding throughout 2017, with new cars and drivers coming into the series.

'It has been great to see some of the past drivers returning with either new cars or re-built cars and adding to the excitement and colour.

"PAYCE has been proud to be a supporter of John Bowe again this year, as well as the category itself," Brian said.

"2018 promises to see the category grow even more in popularity as fans appreciate the personalities, the closeness of the racing and the noise and spectacle of the big cars being wrestled around the tracks," Brian Boyd finished.

The TCM series returns in March next year at the Clipsal 500 - 2018 - in Adelaide.