Two-time TCM series winner to return in Newcastle

Gavin Bullas’ Mustang

Two-time Touring Car Masters winner Gavin Bullas will make his return to the series this weekend at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500.

Bullas has not raced since a part-campaign in TCM in 2015 due to business interests, but will bring back his 1970 Boss Mustang after a thorough working-over of the car.

“(Category Manager) Tony Hunter has been hounding me for some time to come back and have a crack,” said Bullas.

“For a very long time we didn’t have the car right – it had a constant vibration that we couldn’t find.

“It was major work to find it, but we went right through the car and found the issue and fixed it – and it’s been really good since.

“We went and did some testing at Winton and I was really happy with how it went.”

Bullas won the series in 2008 and 2009, finished runner-up in 2007 and 2010, and has amassed 29 race wins and 11 round wins in TCM, a haul second only to that of John Bowe.

Bowe leads the series, which is set to go down to the wire this weekend with just a five-point gap between he and Steven Johnson in the outright and ProMasters standings.

Adam Bressington is only 20 points further back on the outright table.

Meanwhile, Cameron Mason will be the local hope in Newcastle in his 1966 Mustang Fastback, and is thrilled to have the chance to race in his home city.

“It’s hard to believe it’s a reality,” he said.

“It was such an ambitious undertaking and it seems the organisers have executed perfectly.

“The buzz around town for the event is huge – it really feels like it has the potential to be one of the major event stops of the year.

“It’s going to be quite an iconic circuit and things like the view from Fort Scratchley, the Monaco-style big boat mooring in the harbour, and the concerts.”

There will be two debutants in the 27-car field, namely Jamie Tilley, who is the son and nephew of fellow TCM drivers Brad and Cameron respectively, and Jim Pollicina.

Both of Matt Stone Racing’s Toranas will also take to the brand new circuit after rebuilds since accidents at Sandown and Bathurst.

TCM will hold two races in Newcastle, both on the Sunday, with their first practice session on the morning of Friday 24 November.

Entry list: Round 7: Newcastle East Street Circuit

Car # Team/Sponsor Driver State Year Make Model
2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards VIC 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint
3 F3 Motor Auctions / 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
9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher NSW 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT HO
10 Sunliner RV Tony Hunter VIC 1975 Chevrolet Monza 2+2
11 Halkin Developments / Driving Advantage Graham Crawford VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XA GT
16 Carne Grill / Precinct Bar Gavin Bullas VIC 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback
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
27 MOCOMM Motorsport Communications Jim Policina NSW 1972 Holden Monaro GTS Coupe
28 Speedgas / Tilley Auto Garage Brad Tilley NSW 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT HO
29 Speedgas / Tilley Auto Garage Jamie Tilley NSW 1964 Ford Mustang Coupe
35 Bigmate Racing Jason Gomersall QLD 1978 Holden Torana A9X Hatchback
44 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribution Anthony Compton NSW 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT HO
46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin VIC 1969 Ford Boss Mustang
60 Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL Lubricants Cameron Tilley NSW 1969 Valiant Pacer
65 Cannon Trailers Michael (Blu) Cannon QLD 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT HO
72 GFR Industries Geoff Fane QLD 1972 Chevrolet Camaro SS
74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer VIC 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT HO
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
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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