Marcus Zukanovic will hold off the debut of his XD Falcon until at least Round 3 of the Touring Car Masters series to ensure that the car is adequately prepared.
Zukanovic and the family-run Action Racing team had hoped to have the car, which will be the first of its type in TCM, ready in time for the season-opener in Adelaide and then this weekend’s second round at Symmons Plains.
However, an unexpectedly complex build process has seen that timeline shift further.
“Being a smaller scale team, a family-based team, the resources are not as accessible so it’s just taking us a little longer to design and get through stuff,” Zukanovic told Speedcafe.com.
“We didn’t anticipate the build to be so intricate. They’re a very intricate car the way the rule book allows you to build them and that’s probably one aspect that we didn’t anticipate.
“We are definitely building it, we’re fully committed, it’s just taken a bit longer.
“If we build it right properly the first time, we won’t have too many issues.”
Zukanovic said that the team, which is managed by father Mick, has installed the engine, gearbox, and driveline, and is now moving into “trying to set up plumbing and wiring and all that sort of fancy stuff.”
The Victorian outfit is not the only team building an XD, with Team Johnson planning to introduce its own example, currently under construction, next year.
A 15-car field has been announced for Round 2 on the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint support card.
The line-up includes the return of Andrew Fisher and the Jesus Racing XY Falcon which had been sidelined due to a pre-season testing crash, while Gary O’Brien will take to the track in a new Holden Monaro GTS.
The Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters will appear for Practice and Qualifying on Friday.
Entry list: Round 2, Symmons Plains Raceway
|6||Multispares Racing||Ryan Hansford||1974||Holden||Torana SL/R 5000|
|8||Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars||Gary O’Brien||1972||Holden||Monaro GTS|
|9||Jesus Racing||Andrew Fisher||1971||Ford||Falcon XY GT HO|
|16||Carne Grill / Precinct Bar||Gavin Bullas||1970||Ford||Mustang Fastback|
|17||WM Waste / Herrod Performance||Steve Johnson||1969||Ford||Mustang Fastback|
|18||Wilson Security / PAYCE||John Bowe||1974||Holden||Torana SL/R 5000|
|19||Slideways Go Kart Centre||Cameron Wilson||1970||Ford||Mustang Fastback|
|25||Maxi-Trans Trailers||Paul Freestone||1968||Chevrolet||Camaro|
|27||MOCOMM Motorsport Communications||Jim Pollicina||1974||Holden||Torana A9X|
|35||Bigmate Racing||Jason Gomersall||1978||Holden||Torana A9X Hatchback|
|38||Leon Bell Automotive / Port Sorell Storage||Leon Bell||1973||Holden||Monaro GTS Coupe|
|46||THD Motorsport||Leo Tobin||1969||Ford||Boss Mustang|
|60||Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL Lubricants||Cameron Tilley||1969||Valiant||Pacer|
|85||Whiteline Racing / King Springs||Mark King||1970||Chevrolet||Camaro RS|
|95||Whiteline Racing / Fabre Australia||Adam Bressington||1969||Chevrolet||Camaro SS|