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5 October 2015 | General

JOHNSON RETURN SETS TCM MOUNTAIN MASTERS GRID

STEVEN JOHNSON will step back behind the wheel of Mustang ‘Sally’ when the ENZED Touring Car Masters returns to Mount Panorama Bathurst this weekend.

The seventh round of the 2016 series will feature a strong grid for the TCM Mountain Masters presented by ENZED Shannons and Rare Spares.

Having stepped aside for Neil Crompton at the Muscle Car Masters in September Johnson will be excited to get back on track in the John Bowe owned Mustang that he’s raced for much of this season.

His three rounds to date have resulted in three wins and eight of a possible nine race victories – ‘The boss’ Bowe the only driver to beat him so far.

“I have to admit I was a little jealous seeing Neil Crompton drive out of the pits each race at Sydney Motorsport Park!†Johnson admitted.

“Bathurst is a magic place and every racer wants to race there – it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve raced there you never come away feeling like you’ve mastered it. Thanks to JB and his crew it’s an awesome experience running with his team.

“It’s going to be very tough against JB he was very fast last outing and the regular TCM field will be strong too. I’m really looking forward to it.â€Â

The No. 17 Ford will again be supported by PAYCE and Wilson Security on the Mountain.

Meanwhile Bowe is looming as a title threat in his Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars-prepared Holden Torana SL/R 5000 placed third in the standings following his round victory in Sydney last month.

Despite missing Tasmanian round earlier this year Bowe has closed to within 37 points of new series leader Jim Richards.

The seven-time Bathurst champion assumed the TCM points lead from Andrew Miedecke in Sydney last month with a string of continually strong performances.

Richards’ AMC Javelin leads Miedecke’s Lubrimaxx-supported Chevrolet Camaro by just 10 points – setting up a potentially thrilling Bathurst encounter between a trio of Bathurst veterans.

Meanwhile Andrew Fisher will debut his rebuilt Jesus Racing Falcon GTHO this weekend having sat out the series most recent round at the Muscle Car Masters.

Fisher’s team has built a brand new engine for the 1972 Falcon upgrading to a ‘dry sump’ powerplant for the first time.

Fisher will focus solely on his TCM Falcon on the Mountain with Aaron Borg set to drive his ‘other’ Ford in the V8 Ute Racing series in his place.

The Bathurst field will be boosted by the return of 16-year-old Tasmanian Adam Garwood who will look to make his first ‘official’ TCM start this weekend after engine dramas curtailed his initial debut at Sydney Motorsport Park last month – meaning he didn’t complete a racing lap in anger.

Two classic Porsche 911s driven by Sven Burchartz and Rohan Little will also showcase the return of the German brand to the series for the first time since Winton earlier this year.

The TCM field will tackle three races across the weekend including the now traditional early Sunday morning curtain-raiser prior to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Qualifying and every race will be shown live on FOX Motorsport with free-to-air coverage on Network Ten details to be finalised.

TCM MOUNTAIN MASTERS – ENTRY LIST

Presented by ENZED Shannons and Rare Spares

  Sponsor Name Driver Name State Year Make Model Colour Cap
2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards VIC 1972 AMC Javelin Grey/Green 5890cc
3 Hercules Engines Cameron Mason NSW 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback Red/White 5000cc
4 Skye Sands Rusty French VIC 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback Black 5800cc
7 Red Rock Winery Rohan Little VIC 1974 Porsche 911 IROC Silver 3600cc
9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher NSW 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO Grey/Red 5800cc
10 Sunliner RV Tony Hunter VIC 1971 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 White 5000cc
11 Lion Mill Solutions/Ultra Performance Products Tony Edwards VIC 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT Violet 5768cc
12 Giraffe Civil Contracting Adam Garwood TAS 1974 Holden  Torana SL/R 5000 White 6000cc
17 PAYCE/Wilson Security Steven Johnson QLD 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am Blue/Yellow 5800cc
18 Dunlop Super Dealers/ Wilson Security/ PAYCE John Bowe VIC 1974 Holden  Torana SL/R 5000 Blue/Yellow 5047cc
20 Storage King Ian Palmer QLD 1970 Pontiac Trans-Am White/Blue 5800cc
25 Freestones Transport/Freestones Roadhaven Paul Freestone VIC 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS Blue 5800cc
30 Thunder Road Racing Australia Glenn Seton  QLD 1964 Ford Mustang Coupe Black/Gold 5000cc
35 iseek Racing  Jason Gomersall QLD 1974 Holden  Torana SL/R 5000 White/Blue 5047cc
46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin VIC 1972 Holden  HQ Monaro Coupe Orange 5810cc
48 Sydneys Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe Red 5800cc
56 Gabriel Shock Absorbers Brett Youlden VIC 1972 Holden  HQ Monaro Coupe Green 5800cc
60 Tilleys Racing Equipment Cameron Tilley NSW 1969 Valiant Pacer Blue 4390cc
74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer VIC 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO Blue 5800cc
76 Falvey Bros / Savy Motorsport David Falvey VIC 1975 Holden  Torana SS Orange 5800cc
85 Whiteline Transport Racing / King Springs Mark King QLD 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS Red/Black/White 5800cc
88 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribution Tony Karanfilovski NSW 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am Orange 5800cc
90 Kalus Kenny Intelex Sven Burchartz VIC 1974 Porsche 911 IROC Orange 3600cc
95 Whiteline Transport Racing / Lubrimaxx Andrew Miedecke NSW 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Black/Blue 5800cc