Melinda Price to make TCM debut at Winton

John Bowe and Melinda Price

Melinda Price’s racing comeback will continue this weekend at the Winton Super Sprint when she makes a first ever start in Touring Car Masters.

Price has dabbled in historic racing before debuting in the Australian GT Trophy Series in a MARC Mazda 3 in April.

The former Castrol Cougar will drive Phil Morris’ four-door XA Falcon GT as part of a planned campaign in TCM for the remainder of the season.

Price had originally been set to run in Australian GT with John Bowe, and it was the five-time TCM champion who convinced her to join the category.

“I was excited to be running historics a few years ago and then to be on the grid at Sandown in the GT race last month was amazing – it keeps getting better and better,” she said.

“I can’t wait to get in one of those cars and on track with those legends. I was on the Supercars grid with some of them 20 years ago.

“I’m looking forward to having a steer of a muscle car and be part of the Supercar show again.”

“John (Bowe) has been saying for a while how good Touring Car Masters is and how great it would be if I could do it.”

The Falcon which Price will pilot, which was taken by Leanne Tander to a round podium at the rural Victorian circuit in 2010, will be revealed in coming days.

Meanwhile, XB Falcon Coupe driver and seven-time race winner Eddie Abelnica will make his return this weekend after missing Round 1 in Adelaide, as will former AUSCAR racer Bruce Williams in a Torana SL/R.

Bowe leads the series ahead of the Winton Super Sprint from May 19-21.

Entry list: Round 2: Winton Motor Raceway

Car # Team/sponsor Driver State Year Make Model
3 Hercules Engines Cameron Mason NSW 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback
5 ACDelco Bruce Williams VIC 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000
6 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford QLD 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000
7 Wisely Motorsport Bob Wisely QLD 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000
8 Lady Luck Racing Terry Lawlor NSW 1964 Ford Mustang Coupe
9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher NSW 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO
11 Lion Mill Solutions Melinda Price VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XA GT
12 Giraffe Civil Contracting Adam Garwood TAS 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000
17 WM Waste / Illusion Gas Log Fires Steve Johnson QLD 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback
18 Wilson Security / PAYCE John Bowe VIC 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000
19 Tincone Industrial Services Darren Beale QLD 1972 Holden Monaro GTS Coupe
25 MAXI TRANS / Freestones Transport Paul Freestone VIC 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS
35 Bigmate Racing Jason Gomersall QLD 1978 Holden Torana A9X Hatchback
38 Gawler Self Storage Bernie Stack SA 1974 Porsche 911 IROC
46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin VIC 1969 Ford Boss Mustang
48 Melbournes Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe
57 Graham Alexander Graham Alexander VIC 1968 Holden HT Monaro GTS
60 Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL Cameron Tilley NSW 1969 Valiant Pacer
65 Cannon Trailers Michael (Blu) Cannon QLD 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO
74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer VIC 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO
77 Red Rock Winery / Werks Garage Rohan Little VIC 1974 Porsche 911 IROC
85 Whiteline Racing / King Springs Mark King QLD 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS
88 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribution Tony Karanfilovski NSW 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am
90 Kalus Kenny Interlex / Werks Garage Sven Burchartz VIC 1974 Porsche 911 IROC
91 SA Structural Manny Palyaris SA 1974 Porsche 911 IROC
95 Whiteline Racing / Fabre Australia Adam Bressington NSW 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS
911 Performance 9 / Werks Garage Stan Adler QLD 1974 Porsche 911 IROC

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