Heavyweight battle to resume in TCM
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
|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|
|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|