Newcastle 500

2017 Round 7 - November 24 - 26, Newcastle, NSW

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TILLEY, WILLIAMS RETURN PAST OF BUMPER BATHURST GRID

Oct 3, 2017

ONE OF the most popular cars in Touring Car Masters history will finally return to the track this weekend at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Brad Tilley’s bright green Ford Falcon GTHO will return to the track for the first time in years having undergone a lengthy rebuild over the last two seasons.

Having last raced at Bathurst in 2014, Tilley was testing the car ahead of the 2015 season opener only to endure a tyre delamination and a hefty crash at Sydney Motorsport Park that badly damaged the car.

The lengthy, ground-up rebuild will see the car return for the first time this weekend, to a circuit where it has had plenty of success.

The Sydneysider powered the big Falcon to an enormously popular race win at Bathurst in 2012, doggedly holding out John Bowe and Jim Richards in a stunning drive to win on Sunday morning.

It was only the second time a GTHO had scored a TCM win at Bathurst – Tilley winning for the first time there in 2009.

The Sydneysider is responsible for 10 of the XY Falcon’s 16 TCM race victories, and also won the first ever TCM race at the beginning of the 2007 TCM season.  

Bathurst will be a scene for another ‘from the ashes’ story as Bruce Williams returns in his AC Delco Torana SLR.

In his first full year of competition in the category, Williams’ car was badly damaged at Queensland Raceway in July this year however has been comprehensively rebuild by Les Small and the Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars team. 

“It’s been a big effort by a number of people to get Tess back on track for Bathurst this week and I’m grateful to all that helped out” said Williams.

“Having the support of ACDelco has been great motivation to get the car repaired and back on track and I can’t wait to feel the speed that a modern TCM car is capable of on the Mountain.

“Gary O’Brien who built and runs John Bowes Torana did a great job to fix the chassis and Les Small his team have been putting in the hard yards over the past weeks to get Tess back on four wheels.

“Gary’s team at Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars have done a brilliant job on the repair, Tess is as good as new and I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel after missing the Sandown round"

This weekend also marks Williams’ first start at Bathurst since he contested the 1997 race, driving a VS Holden Commodore with journalist, Paul Gover.

Another notable returnee will be the Ford Falcon XB Coupe of Keith Kassulke – another car that has undergone a significant rebuild over the last few years.

Kassulke is a two-time TCM race winner however has driven his existing HQ Monaro in recent rounds after his Falcon was badly damaged in a Queensland Raceway crash several seasons ago.

The car, prior to Kassulke taking ownership, was a Bathurst race winner in the hands of Glenn Seton.

The 30-plus Bathurst field includes the Jesus Racing entry of Andrew Fisher, finally back on track after a lengthy wait for a brand-new engine for his similarly new Falcon GTHO.

Fisher made the debut of his newly built Falcon earlier this season however a series of engine dramas has delayed further running until this weekend, the team completing a shakedown of the car recently.

Allan Boughen is also set to bring his enormously popular Ford Mercury Comet back to the track having missed the Sandown round.

Popular Newcastle driver Cameron Mason will debut a fresh new livery on his Mustang coupe’, while Paul Freestone (Camaro) and USA driver Dave Roberts (Camaro) are also entered.

The Bathurst round will be critical to the TCM title race with the top four drivers now covered by just 56 points.

John Bowe leads Adam Bressington by just 13 points, while Steven Johnson is a further five back in third place with the Mustang coming on strong in the second half of the year.

 

Also finishing quickly is the Multispares Torana of Queenslander Ryan Hansford, with the Peters Motorsport-run car having become a regular race win contender since a storming performance at Queensland Raceway in July.

Jason Gomersall will miss Bathurst, the BigMate Torana still under repairs after it’s hefty crash at Sandown two weeks ago.

Looking to take advantage of his absence will be Adam Garwood and Eddie Abelnica, the pair just four and 19 points behind the A9X Torana driver, respectively.

Young Tasmanian ace Garwood is coming off a strong weekend at the Baskerville Historics in his home state – making up somewhat for a tough weekend at Sandown that still showed plenty of pace.

Every session of the Bathurst weekend will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Bathurst Channel (506), with selected races live on Network Ten.

Two practice sessions will be held on Thursday ahead of Qualifying Friday morning, with two races making Saturday an all-important day on the Mountain.

Sunday will include the traditional morning sprint race as a key curtain raiser prior to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

ENTRY LIST - BATHURST / ROUND 6

No Sponsor Name Ch Name Surname State Year Make Model Cap Colour
1 Hawk Brake Pads Dave Roberts USA 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 5800cc Orange
2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards VIC 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint 5000cc White/Green
3 Hercules Engines / Lucky's Hotel Cameron  Mason NSW 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback 5000cc Red/White
4 Skye Sands Rusty French VIC 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback 5800cc Black
5 ACDelco Bruce Williams VIC 1974 Holden  Torana SL/R 5000 5000cc Blue
6 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford QLD 1974 Holden  Torana SL/R 5000 5000cc Yellow/Blue
7 Wisely Motorsport Bob Wisely QLD 1974 Holden  Torana A9X 5000cc Yellow/White
8 Lady Luck Racing Terry Lawlor NSW 1964 Ford Mustang 5000cc Black/Green
9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher NSW 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT HO 5800cc Red
11 Vic Roads Custom Plates / Castrol Melinda Price VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XA GT 5800cc White
12 Giraffe Civil Contracting Adam Garwood TAS 1974 Holden  Torana A9X 5000cc White
17 WM Waste / Illusion Gas Log Fires Steve Johnson QLD 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback 5800cc Yellow/Green
18 Wilson Security / PAYCE John Bowe VIC 1974 Holden  Torana SL/R 5000 5047cc Red/White
19 Tincone Industrial Services Darren Beale QLD 1972 Holden  Monaro GTS Coupe 5800cc Orange
25 Maxi-Trans Trailers Paul Freestone VIC 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 5800cc Maroon
28 Speedgas / Tilley Auto Garage Brad Tilley NSW 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT HO 5800cc Green/Black
46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin VIC 1969 Ford Boss Mustang 5000cc Orange
48 Melbourne's Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800cc Red
52 Outbound Racing / wheels.com.pg Keith Kassulke QLD 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800cc Blue
60 Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL Lubricants Cameron Tilley NSW 1969 Valiant Pacer 4390cc Blue
72 GFR Industries Geoff Fane QLD 1972 Chevrolet Camaro SS 5800cc Orange
74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer VIC 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO 5800cc Light Blue
77 Red Rock Winery / Werks Garage Rohan Little VIC 1974 Porsche 911 IROC 3600cc Aubergine
85 Whiteline Racing / King Springs Mark King QLD 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS 5800cc Red/White
88 TIFS - Warehousing & Distribution Tony Karanfilovski NSW 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am 5800cc Orange
90 Kalus Kenny Interlex / Werks Garage Sven Burchartz VIC 1974 Porsche 911 IROC 3600cc Orange
91 Performance 9 / Werks Garage Stan Adler QLD 1974 Porsche 911 IROC 3600cc Blue
95 Whiteline Racing / Fabre Australia Adam Bressington NSW 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 5800cc Yellow
97 Johns Furniture Removals Allen Boughen QLD 1963 Mercury Comet 4736cc Black/Blue
                   
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