Steven Johnson lands Bathurst TCM drive

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson fighting with John Bowe earlier this season

After missing out on securing a V8 Supercars co-drive, Steven Johnson will return to Bathurst this weekend after completing a deal to contest the Touring Car Masters.

The son of touring car legend Dick Johnson will once again jump aboard John Bowe’s Ford Mustang which he has driven in selected rounds of the Touring Car Masters this season.

A late deal ensures Johnson will attend the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event after failing to land an V8 Supercars endurance drive, which will see him miss the showpiece race for the first time in more than two decades.

Although sad to miss The Great Race, Johnson is looking forward to being reunited with the Mustang he has guided to eight race wins this year.

His return to category will see him lock horns with Bowe, who will be back behind the wheel of the Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars-prepared Holden Torana SL/R 5000.

“It doesn’t matter what you drive at Bathurst its pretty cool but obviously pretty bummed not to be there in the 1000 having been there for the last 22 starts,” said Johnson.

“It is s bit strange because I have had a routine for the last few years and I’m sure it hit home as the event draws closer. It will be tough.

“After the disappointment of missing out the SMP TCM round I’m super excited to be back in Mustang Sally for Bathurst this weekend.

“I can’t wait to be back behind the wheel and what a place to do it, Bathurst.

“I have to admit I was a little jealous seeing Neil Crompton drive out of the pits each race at SMP but was it was great exposure for PAYCE, Wilson Security, my personal sponsors and supporters.

“It’s going to be tough against JB, he was very fast last outing and the regular TCM field will be strong and I’m really looking forward to it.

“Bathurst is a magic place and every racer wants to race there – it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve raced there you never come away feeling you’ve mastered it.”

Jim Richards (AMC Javelin) currently leads the championship standings by 10 points from Andrew Miedecke (Chevrolet Camaro) with Bowe in third 37 points adrift.

The event will also see Andrew Fisher debut a newly rebuilt Ford Falcon GTHO after sitting out the previous round at Muscle Car Masters.

The TCM field will tackle three races across the weekend including the now traditional early Sunday morning curtain-raiser prior to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Touring Car Masters Entry List

  Sponsor Name Driver Name State Year Make Model Colour Cap
2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards VIC 1972 AMC Javelin Grey/Green 5890cc
3 Hercules Engines Cameron Mason NSW 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback Red/White 5000cc
4 Skye Sands Rusty French VIC 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback Black 5800cc
7 Red Rock Winery Rohan Little VIC 1974 Porsche 911 IROC Silver 3600cc
9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher NSW 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO Grey/Red 5800cc
10 Sunliner RV Tony Hunter VIC 1971 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 White 5000cc
11 Lion Mill Solutions/Ultra Performance Products Tony Edwards VIC 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT Violet 5768cc
12 Giraffe Civil Contracting Adam Garwood TAS 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000 White 6000cc
17 PAYCE/Wilson Security Steven Johnson QLD 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am Blue/Yellow 5800cc
18 Dunlop Super Dealers/ Wilson Security/ PAYCE John Bowe VIC 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000 Blue/Yellow 5047cc
20 Storage King Ian Palmer QLD 1970 Pontiac Trans-Am White/Blue 5800cc
25 Freestones Transport/Freestones Roadhaven Paul Freestone VIC 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS Blue 5800cc
30 Thunder Road Racing Australia Glenn Seton QLD 1964 Ford Mustang Coupe Black/Gold 5000cc
35 iseek Racing Jason Gomersall QLD 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000 White/Blue 5047cc
46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin VIC 1972 Holden HQ Monaro Coupe Orange 5810cc
48 Sydneys Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe Red 5800cc
56 Gabriel Shock Absorbers Brett Youlden VIC 1972 Holden HQ Monaro Coupe Green 5800cc
60 Tilleys Racing Equipment Cameron Tilley NSW 1969 Valiant Pacer Blue 4390cc
74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer VIC 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO Blue 5800cc
76 Falvey Bros / Savy Motorsport David Falvey VIC 1975 Holden Torana SS Orange 5800cc
85 Whiteline Transport Racing / King Springs Mark King QLD 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS Red/Black/White 5800cc
88 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribution Tony Karanfilovski NSW 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am Orange 5800cc
90 Kalus Kenny Intelex Sven Burchartz VIC 1974 Porsche 911 IROC Orange 3600cc
95 Whiteline Transport Racing / Lubrimaxx Andrew Miedecke NSW 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Black/Blue 5800cc

 

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