Pontiac Firebird to return to TCM in Townsville

Rob Hackwood with Wellpro Racing’s recently-acquired Pontiac Firebird

The Pontiac Firebird will make its return to the Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters field this weekend at the Watpac Townsville 400.

The only car of its kind to race in the series, the Firebird has been bought by TCM rookie team Wellpro Racing for driver Rob Hackwood to race.

They will contest the rest of the season, having campaigned a Trans-Am Mustang in their only previous start in Adelaide earlier this year.

“Adelaide was a foot in the water for us with our Trans-Am car,” said Hackwood.

“We loved it, felt very welcome, so (we) decided to build a long-term program for TCM.”

The Firebird has run only part-time since debuting with Ian Palmer behind the wheel in 2015.

“The car is still a relatively new build so there’s a lot of potential for development which we’re excited about.

“Townsville is the best round to debut a new car at because most guys haven’t raced there before – so it’s a level playing field the first time we roll out onto the track.”

Steve Johnson leads the series from John Bowe ahead of Round 5.

TCM’s first round in Townsville kicks off with two 20-minute practice sessions on Friday.

VIDEO: Wellpro Racing unveils its Pontiac Firebird

Entry list: Round 5, Reid Park Street Circuit

Num Team/Sponsor Driver Make Model
3 Lake Macquarie Sheet Metal / Toronto Hotel Cameron Mason Ford Mustang Fastback
5 ACDelco Bruce Williams Holden Torana SL/R 5000
6 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford Holden Torana SL/R 5000
7 MOCOMM Motorsport Communications Jim Pollicina Holden Torana A9X
9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher Ford Falcon XY GT HO
17 WM Waste / Herrod Performance Steve Johnson Ford Mustang Fastback
18 Wilson Security / PAYCE John Bowe Holden Torana A9X
19 Tincone Industrial Services Darren Beale Holden Monaro GTS Coupe
21 Wellpro Racing Robert Hackwood Pontiac Trans-Am
35 Bigmate Racing Jason Gomersall Holden Torana A9X Hatchback
46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin Ford Boss Mustang
60 Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL Lubricants Cameron Tilley Valiant Pacer
69 Fataz Competition Engines / Brisbane Builders Ian Woodward Chevrolet Camaro SS
74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer Ford Falcon XY GT HO
75 Ranger Lifting-Rigging-Safety Aaron McGill Ford Falcon XW GT
85 Whiteline Racing / King Springs Mark King Chevrolet Camaro RS
88 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribution Tony Karanfilovski Ford Mustang Trans Am
95 Whiteline Racing / VDC.com.au Adam Bressington Chevrolet Camaro SS
97 Johns Furniture Removals / Century Batteries Allen Boughen Mercury Comet

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