Grid set for TCM finale in Newcastle

John Bowe and Steve Johnson will square off for the 2018 Touring Car Masters title

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

Num Team/Sponsor Driver Year Make Model
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

Time Session Length/Distance
Friday November 23
1010 Practice 20min
1345 Qualifying 20min
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

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