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Second XD joins Winton Touring Car Masters field

Daniel Herrero

Friday 24th May, 2019 - 8:01am

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The Gambold XD

A second XD Falcon will be raced in this weekend’s third round of the 2019 Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters season at Winton Motor Raceway.

The Gambolds will make a return to the series after a short-lived debut last year at Sandown, joining TCM regular Marcus Zukanovic as XD competitors.

Dramas during qualifying saw the Damien Gambold driven-entry withdrawn early at the Melbourne circuit last September, but he and father Noel have since put the car through several days of testing and sprint events at Winton.

While the car will still run in the Invited class, owing to a minor deviation from regulations concerning the width of the rear wheels, Damien Gambold is confident of a far more competitive showing.

“We’ve done two rounds of the sprints at Winton this year just sort of testing the car and trialling out a few different suspension parts,” he told Speedcafe.com.

“The last one we did, which was around a couple of weeks ago, we had a really good run where the car had no faults and ran its best ever time by a long way, so we’re really happy with it at the moment.

“I’ve only ever really raced at Winton and Sandown, Sandown only very limited, whereas Winton’s where I’ve been racing and testing for the past probably nine years now.

“Obviously Winton brings the lack of horsepower (disadvantage) back a lot, it becomes more about handling, so it’s really going to even the field out a bit and certainly we’re going to be a lot more competitive than what we would be at Sandown.”

A 22-car entry list has been released by TCM organisers, headlined by series leader Steven Johnson, who continues in a 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback but is himself set to usher another XD into the field later in the year.

Another member of a famous racing family, Aaron Seton, will also join the grid in a Mustang, which will carry the same #30 plate that many of father Glenn’s Falcons did.

Danny Buzadzic, cousin of Zukanovic, will make his debut in an A9X Torana, while two IROC Challenge-specification Porsche 911s are back in the field in the hands of Sven Burchartz and Rohan Little.

Rob Hackwood and the Wellpro Racing team has managed to rebuild their Pontiac Firebird after a major crash last time out at Phillip Island.

TCM sessions will be spread evenly across the three days of the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint, with Practice today at 1025 local time/AEST and Qualifying closing out the day’s competitive track action from 1515.

Entry list: Round 3, Winton Motor Raceway

Num Team/Sponsor Driver Year Make Model
3 Western General Body Works Danny Buzadzic 1978 Holden Torana A9X Hatch
5 ACDelco / Auto Action Magazine Bruce Williams 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000
6 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford 1974 Holden Torana A9X
7 MOCOMM Motorsport Communications Jim Pollicina 1974 Holden Torana A9X
8 Bendigo Accident Repair Centre Gary O’Brien 1972 Holden Monaro GTS
9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT HO
12 The Lighthouse Hotel – Burnett Heads Peter Burnitt 1974 Holden Torana A9X
17 WM Waste / Kubota Steve Johnson 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback
18 PAYNTER DIXON John Bowe 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000
24 Wellpro Racing Robert Hackwood 1972 Pontiac Trans Am
30 Hillier Brothers / THD Motorsport Aaron Seton 1969 Ford Boss Mustang
33 Peter Drayton Wines Cameron Mason 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback
37 Gambold Mechanical Damien Gambold 1980 Ford Falcon XD
60 ANGLOMOIL Lubricants/MD Steel Fabrications Cameron Tilley 1969 Valiant Pacer
58 EFS 4X4 Accessories Ryal Harris 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS
67 Bilstein/JMG Racing Jeremy Gray 1972 Ford Capri Perana
71 Centec Security Industries Marcus Zukanovic 1980 Ford Falcon XD
77 Red Rock Winery / Skunk Werks Rohan Little 1974 Porsche 911 IROC
85 Whiteline Racing / Giraffe Civil Contracting Adam Garwood 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS
88 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribution Tony Karanfilovski 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am
90 Kalus Kenny Intelex Lawyers-Advisors Sven Burchartz 1974 Porsche 911 IROC
95 Whiteline Racing / VDC Adam Bressington 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS

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