A 20-car grid, spearheaded by series contenders Steve Johnson and John Bowe, is set to tackle the Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters season finale in Newcastle this weekend.
Johnson will seek to defend his first national title in what could be his last start in ‘Mustang Sally’, the famous 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback which both he and Bowe have raced in TCM.
Bowe will attempt to wrest the series lead off his friend and son of his former team boss in the 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000 which he now pilots.
Meanwhile, fellow ProMasters class competitor Jason Gomersall is set to bid the series a farewell of sorts as he prepares to enter the V8 Touring Car Series next year, stepping back to a part-time campaign in TCM.
Gomersall is currently fourth in the ProMasters and outright standings, effectively in a battle for third with Adam Bressington in front and Mark King behind.
Cameron Tilley leads the ProAm class and Jim Pollicina the ProSports class, with both also in play on the Newcastle East Street Circuit.
Tilley is hard at work repairing his Valiant Pacer after it spat out a tailshaft during the last round at Bathurst.
Pollicina, on the other hand, has already won the Kumho Cup for privateers in the V8 Touring Car Series and the outright Australian Production Cars title.
Cameron Mason is the local representation in the field, racing his 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback in the ProAm class.
Layton Barker will make his TCM debut in a 1972 Holden Monaro GTS, while Ben Dunn returns to the field this weekend.
The TCM field’s first session of the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 meeting is Practice on Friday at 1010 local time/AEDT before Qualifying that afternoon at 1345.
Entry list: Round 8, Newcastle East Street Circuit
|3||Peter Drayton Wines / Iron Bark Hill Brewhouse||Cameron Mason||1966||Ford||Mustang Fastback|
|5||Auto Action||Bruce Williams||1974||Holden||Torana SL/R 5000|
|6||Multispares Racing||Ryan Hansford||1974||Holden||Torana SL/R 5000|
|7||MOCOMM Motorsport Communications||Jim Pollicina||1974||Holden||Torana A9X|
|9||Jesus Racing||Andrew Fisher||1971||Ford||Falcon XY GT HO|
|15||Phoenix Contact||Layton Barker||1972||Holden||Monaro GTS Coupe|
|17||WM Waste / Herrod Performance||Steve Johnson||1969||Ford||Mustang Fastback|
|18||Wilson Security / PAYCE||John Bowe||1974||Holden||Torana SL/R 5000|
|28||Speedgas / ANGLOMOIL Lubricants||Brad Tilley||1971||Ford||Falcon XY GT HO|
|29||Burrells Soils & Sand / Brad Tilley Auto Garage||Jamie Tilley||1964||Ford||Mustang Coupe|
|35||Bigmate Racing||Jason Gomersall||1978||Holden||Torana A9X Hatchback|
|46||THD Motorsport||Leo Tobin||1969||Ford||Boss Mustang|
|60||Carry On Victoria / ANGLOMOIL Lubricants||Cameron Tilley||1969||Valiant||Pacer|
|72||GFR Industries||Geoff Fane||1972||Chevrolet||Camaro SS|
|75||Ranger Lifting-Rigging-Safety||Aaron McGill||1971||Ford||Falcon XW GT|
|85||Whiteline Racing / King Springs||Mark King||1970||Chevrolet||Camaro RS|
|88||TIFS – Warehousing & Distribution||Tony Karanfilovski||1969||Ford||Mustang Trans Am|
|95||Whiteline Racing / VDC||Adam Bressington||1969||Chevrolet||Camaro SS|
|97||Century Batteries||Allen Boughen||1963||Mercury||Comet|
|99||Tank Solutions / GoBlue AdBlue||Ben Dunn||1975||Chevrolet||Monza 2 + 2|
Schedule: Round 8, Newcastle East Street Circuit
|Friday November 23|
|Saturday November 24|
|1030||Trophy Race||12 Laps|
|1355||Race 22||12 Laps|
|Sunday November 25|
|0945||Race 23||12 Laps|
|1340||Race 24||12 Laps|