Brad Tilley GTHO back for TCM Bathurst round

Dan Herrero

Tuesday 3rd October, 2017 - 7:04pm

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Brad Tilley’s XY GTHO is back this weekend

Brad Tilley’s XY GTHO Falcon is one of several cars set to be back on track for this weekend’s Touring Car Masters round at Mount Panorama.

The GTHO has been out of action since early 2015 after a tyre delamination caused Tilley to crash the car in pre-season testing at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The car has been extensively rebuilt in the intervening period and will have its first competitive run since at Bathurst, where Tilley took it to a race win on the Sunday in 2012.

The Sydneysider also scored the only other TCM Bathurst race win for a GTHO in 2009.

Bruce Williams has repaired his own car after incurring significant damage in a multi-car incident two rounds ago at Queensland Raceway in July.

Williams will pilot the ACDelco Torana SL/R in his first start at Mount Panorama since sharing a VS Commodore with Paul Gover in the 1997 Bathurst 1000.

“It’s been a big effort by a number of people to get ‘Tess’ back on track for Bathurst this week and I’m grateful to all that helped out,” said Williams.

“Gary O’Brien who built and runs John Bowe’s Torana did a great job to fix the chassis and Les Small his team have been putting in the hard yards over the past weeks to get Tess back on four wheels.

“Gary’s team at Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars have done a brilliant job on the repair, Tess is as good as new and I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel after missing the Sandown round.”

Keith Kassulke will be back in his XB Falcon Coupe, which has also undergone a rebuild since a crash of his own at Queensland Raceway several seasons ago.

Kassulke had been campaigning an HQ Monaro in recent rounds.

Andrew Fisher’s XY GTHO Falcon has a new engine for the Jesus Racing driver to also return to the grid this weekend.

Jason Gomersall, however, will sit out the meeting due to damage sustained to his Torana A9X when he went off at the end of the back straight at Sandown and hit the wall.

Gomersall himself was uninjured in the shunt, but the car will undergo its second major rebuild of the season after taking damage in the Winton pile-up in May.

Matt Stone told Speedcafe.com that the car will be back on track for the final round at Newcastle in late November.

“It’s not going to run at Bathurst; it’s a bit of an extensive repair so we’ve just got to tune it up and test it prior to Newcastle,” said Stone.

“It’s very similar to the last one,” he added, referring to the Winton crash.

John Bowe currently leads the series ahead of its penultimate round.

The 29-car field will take to the track at Bathurst for the first time on Thursday for a pair of practice sessions.

Entry list: Round 6, Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit

Car # Team/Sponsor Driver State Year Make Model
1 Hawk Brake Pads Dave Roberts USA 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS
2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards VIC 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint
3 Hercules Engines / Lucky’s Hotel Cameron Mason NSW 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback
4 Skye Sands Rusty French VIC 1970 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 A9X
8 Lady Luck Racing Terry Lawlor NSW 1964 Ford Mustang
9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher NSW 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT HO
11 Vic Roads Custom Plates / Castrol Melinda Price VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XA GT
12 Giraffe Civil Contracting Adam Garwood TAS 1974 Holden Torana A9X
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 Trailers Paul Freestone VIC 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
28 Speedgas / Tilley Auto Garage Brad Tilley NSW 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT HO
46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin VIC 1969 Ford Boss Mustang
48 Melbourne’s Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe
52 Outbound Racing / wheels.com.pg Keith Kassulke QLD 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe
60 Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL Lubricants Cameron Tilley NSW 1969 Valiant Pacer
72 GFR Industries Geoff Fane QLD 1972 Chevrolet Camaro SS
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 1972 Holden Monaro GTS Coupe
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 Performance 9 / Werks Garage Stan Adler QLD 1974 Porsche 911 IROC
95 Whiteline Racing / Fabre Australia Adam Bressington NSW 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS
97 Johns Furniture Removals Allen Boughen QLD 1963 Mercury Comet

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