TCM TITLES TO BE DECIDED AT PHILLIP ISLAND
The most open and competitive ENZED Touring Car Masters season yet will see all three of the series classes decided at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend.
While Mark King (Chevrolet Camaro) has a substantial lead in the ProAm class the ProMaster and ProSports title fights will go down to the wire at one of AustraliaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fastest circuits in the Shannons TCM Southern 90.
John Bowe (Ford Mustang) leads old foe Jim Richards (Ford Falcon Sprint) by just ten points in the outright ProMaster class while Chris Stillwell can seal the ProSports title for himself and co-driver Sven Burchartz with a strong weekend thanks to a solid 50-point lead over fellow Mustang driver Cameron Mason.
180 points are up for grabs in each class across the three races this weekend.
The Bowe-versus-Richards battle has ebbed and flowed since the opening round at the Clipsal 500 in March and has seen the pair finish 1-2 in rounds on three occasions this year Ã¢â‚¬â€œ including Richards winning the Winton round on a count back after the pair ended racing tied on points.
Both have won two rounds this season however Bowe holds the advantage in race wins (6) and podium finishes (12) this year. RichardsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ consistency has enabled him to stay in contention this season with a final-race DNF at Bathurst allowing Richards Ã¢â‚¬â€œ who finished on the podium Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to close on Bowe ahead of the final round.
Bowe has also scored pole position at every round contested this season Ã¢â‚¬â€œ with no driver having ever scored pole in every round in TCM history to date.
Keith Kassulke (97.5 points from the lead) and Andrew Miedecke (132.5 behind) also remain in title contention should Richards or Bowe slip up this weekend Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and both have had strong seasons.
Kassulke finished on the podium at Bathurst while only Bowe has more top-three race finishes than Lubrimaxx Camaro driver Miedecke.
Kassulke could be the surprise packet this weekend as he enters the round as the defending Phillip Island winner having won two of the three races held at the venue during the 2013 season finale.
His Savy Motorsport / Outbound racing teammate HQ Monaro driver Les Walmsley will also draw on last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s form in an effort to end his challenging season on a high Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the Victorian took his Savy Motorsport-prepared Holden to a race win and the class lap record at Phillip Island twelve months ago.
An absorbing ProSports class battle will also go down to the wire with former TCM class champion Chris Stilwell hoping to hold out young-gun Cameron Mason in the final round.
Mason is coming off the back of an outright race podium at Mount Panorama in October and the Sydney driver is the only driver in his class to win more than one ProSports round this season the six rounds split by five drivers in a competitive Ã¢â‚¬Ëœrace within a raceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ this year.
Ford Mustangs fill the top two spots in ProSports with Rusty French (-96 points) third and Will Vining fourth only one point further back from the class lead.
Mark King all-but locked away the ProAm class fight thanks to his Bathurst class victory and takes a 157-point lead into the final round with 180 up for grabs. Mustang driver Tony Karanfilovski seems secure in second while Brett Youlden (Monaro) and Jason Gomersall (Torana) will fight for third this weekend.
Half points awarded in race two at Bathurst (due to 75% of race distance not being reached) have slightly altered the series standings ahead of the final round.
24 cars are entered for the Shannons-supported TCM 2014 finaleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
Wayne Mercer will switch from his regular Ford Falcon GTHO to the Phil Morris-owned XA Falcon GT while Sven Burchartz will race a Porsche 911 RS having alternated rounds with Chris Stilwell in the Ford Mustang so far this season.
10 Fords 5 Holdens 4 Chryslers 3 Chevrolets and two PorscheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s constitute the Phillip Island field.
Two races will be aired on the Seven network this weekend Race 1 live around Australia on Saturday November 15 at 3:30pm and race three shown on 7mate at 2:30pm on Sunday November 16.
ENTRY LIST – SHANNONS TCM SOUTHERN 90
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit – Victoria
|Ã‚Â||Sponsor Name||Driver Name||State||Year||Make||Model||Colour||Cap|
|1||Shannons Insurance||Jim Richards||VIC||1964||Ford||Falcon Sprint||White/Green||4700cc|
|3||Hercules Engines||Cameron Mason||NSW||1966||Ford||Mustang Fastback||Red/White||5000cc|
|4||Skye Sands||Rusty French||VIC||1973||Porsche||911 RS||Black||3600cc|
|6||Chris Stillwell Racing||Chris Stillwell||VIC||1968||Ford||Mustang Trans Am||White/Blue||5000cc|
|9||Jesus Racing||Andrew Fisher||NSW||1971||Ford||Falcon XY GTHO||Grey||5800cc|
|11||Lion Mill Solutions||Wayne Mercer||Vic||1973||Ford||Falcon XA GT||Violet||5768cc|
|18||Dunlop Super Dealers/Wilson Security||John Bowe||VIC||1969||Ford||Mustang Trans Am||White/Black||5600cc|
|21||Treloar RosesÃ‚Â||Garry Treloar||VIC||1973||Chrysler||Charger E55||Yellow/Black||5570cc|
|35||iseek RacingÃ‚Â||Jason Gomersall||QLD||1974||HoldenÃ‚Â||Torana SL/R 5000||White/Blue||5047cc|
|43||Treloar Roses / Mick Wilson Plumbing||Mick Wilson||VIC||1972||Chrysler||Charger RT||Orange||4390cc|
|46||THD Motorsport||Leo Tobin||VIC||1972||HoldenÃ‚Â||HQ Monaro||Orange||5800cc|
|50||Flo-gineering||Carey McMahon||NSW||1974||HoldenÃ‚Â||Torana SL/R 5000||Green||5000cc|
|52||Outbound Racing / wheels.com.pg||Keith Kassulke||QLD||1974||Ford||Falcon XB Coupe||Blue/Silver||5800cc|
|56||Autolite Spark Plugs||Brett Youlden||VIC||1972||HoldenÃ‚Â||HQ Monaro||Green||5800cc|
|60||Tilleys Racing Equipment||Cameron Tilley||NSW||1969||Valiant||Pacer||Blue||4390cc|
|72||BMR Industries||Bruce McLeod||NT||1973||Ford||Falcon XA Superbird||Blue||5000cc|
|75||Mopar Performance||Greg Crick||TAS||1973||Chrysler||Charger E55||Black/Blue||5570cc|
|85||Whiteline Transport Racing / King Springs||Mark King||QLD||1970||Chevrolet||Camaro RS||Red/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 RS||Orange||3600cc|
|95||Whiteline Transport Racing / Lubrimaxx||Andrew Miedecke||NSW||1969||Chevrolet||Camaro SS||Black/Blue||5800cc|
|98||Thunder Road Racing Australia||William Vining||NSW||1964||Ford||Mustang Coupe||Black/Gold||5000cc|
|99||Outbound Racing / Treloar Roses||Les Walmsley||VIC||1971||HoldenÃ‚Â||HQ Monaro||Blue||5810cc|