Heavyweight battle to resume in TCM

John Bowe testing at Winton ahead of the new season

John Bowe testing at Winton ahead of the new season

Australian touring car legends Jim Richards, John Bowe and Andrew Miedecke once again headline the Touring Car Masters field ahead of the 2014 season-opener in Adelaide.

A 28-car grid has firmed for the Clipsal 500 support races, where Richards will kick-off his title defence in the Ford Falcon Sprint with which he won last year’s series.

The seven-time Bathurst winner’s AMC Javelin, which was crashed heavily at Sandown in 2012, is not expected to return until the second half of the season.

Richards’ stiffest competition this year is again expected to come from the Ford Mustang-mounted Bowe and Chevrolet Camaro driver Andrew Miedecke.

Bowe will be out to avenge last year’s loss to Richards, which came after the Ford driver was not allowed to drop Sandown, an event from which he was excluded from taking part, as his worst round.

When the TCM was last in Adelaide in 2012, Bowe took victory ahead of Miedecke and Richards.

“I am really looking forward to racing on the Adelaide street track, it’s a great place to kick off the championship and I can’t wait to get out there,” said Bowe ahead of the weekend.

“We haven’t raced there for a couple of years and the cars have progressed so much since then so it’s going to be very exciting.”

New cars missing from the Adelaide grid that are expected to debut later in the year include Tony Hunter’s Chevrolet Monza, Bruce McLeod’s Ford Falcon XA and Ian Palmer’s Pontiac Trans-Am.

See below for the Adelaide Touring Car Masters entry list

# Sponsor Name Driver Make Model Cap
1 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards Ford Falcon Sprint 4700cc
3 Hercules Engines Steve Mason Ford Mustang Fastback 5000cc
4 Skye Sands Rusty French Porsche 911 RS 3600cc
6 Chris Stillwell Racing Chris Stillwell Ford Mustang Trans Am 5000cc
7 calga.biz Bill Pye Chevrolet Camaro 5800cc
13 Black Cat Racing Rory O’Neill Porsche 911 RS 3600cc
15 Hercules Engines Cameron Mason Chevrolet Camaro SS 5800cc
18 Dunlop Super Dealers/Wilson Security John Bowe Ford Mustang Trans Am 5600cc
20 Palmer Promotions Ian Palmer Pontiac Trans-Am 5800cc
21 Treloar Roses Garry Treloar Chrysler Charger E55 5570cc
22 PRT Race Fabrication Nigel Benson Holden HQ Monaro 5800cc
28 Tilleys Automotive Brad Tilley Ford Falcon XY GT 5800cc
29 MGS Auctioneers Andrew Maros Valiant Pacer 5570cc
33 SportsMed Greg Keene Porsche 911 RS 3600cc
35 iseek Racing Jason Gomersall Holden Torana SL/R 5000 5047cc
43 Treloar Roses / Mick Wilson Plumbing Mick Wilson Chrysler Charger RT 4390cc
46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin Holden HQ Monaro 5810cc
48 Adelaides Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800cc
50 Flo.gineering Carey McMahon Holden Torana SL/R 5000 5000cc
52 Outbound Racing / wheels.com.pg Keith Kassulke Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800cc
56 Autolite Spark Plugs Brett Youlden Holden HQ Monaro 5800cc
60 Tilleys Racing Equipment Cameron Tilley Ford Boss Mustang 5000cc
74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer Ford Falcon XY GTHO 5800cc
85 Whiteline Transport Racing / King Springs Mark King Chevrolet Camaro RS 5800cc
88 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribution Tony Karanfilovski Ford Mustang Trans Am 5800cc
95 Whiteline Transport Racing / Lubrimaxx Andrew Miedecke Chevrolet Camaro SS 5800cc
98 Thunder Road Racing Australia William Vining Ford Mustang Coupe 5000cc
99 Outbound Racing / Treloar Roses Les Walmsley Holden HQ Monaro 5810cc


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