UNDERDOGS KEEN FOR BIG TCM RESULTS AT WINTON
TWO VICTORIAN drivers who could consider themselves amongst the ENZED Touring Car Masters underdog ranks are keen to show their respective strengths at Winton Motor raceway next week.
Round 3 of the 2015 series will be held at the rural Victorian venue Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a circuit that has the habit of producing tight racing and surprise performances from drivers and especially cars not regularly at the front of the TCM field.
Porsche driver Sven Burchartz and Ford Falcon XA pilot Tony Edwards are two hoping for WintonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unpredictable nature to play to their respective strengths.
Edwards switched to the XA Falcon this year after years of racing Holden TCM products and has faced a challenging start to the season as he and his team attempt to come to grips with the four-door Ford.
Major changes between rounds one and two improved the car at the most recent round in Tasmania and the development process will continue at Winton next week as Edwards attempts to set the car up to his liking. Ã‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬ËœBerthaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ as the car is known has a strong history in TCM including wins and podium finishes in the hands of Leanne Tander during the 2010 season.
The car finished on the podium in the second race at Winton that year in TandersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ hands.
Meanwhile MelbourneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Sven Burchartz will look to use WintonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s many tight corners and braking zones to showcase the performance in his IROC Challenge-specification Porsche 911 RS.
The lightweight nimble PorscheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lack the outright horsepower of the front-running TCM Mustangs and Camaros however WintonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nature means they are often competitive at the Benalla circuit.
Last year Greg Keene qualified his 911 fourth outright behind only John Bowe Jim Richards and Tony Karanfilovski Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and only 0.1s from the front row of the grid.
Sixth place in race one showed that the 1200kg 350hp Porsches can still compete with the high-powered muscle cars when the conditions are right.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been having my eye on this round for a whileÃ¢â‚¬Â Burchartz a former Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series winner said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I knew Greg was up there last year but didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know he did that well. Winton is a Porsche circuit: Only about a third of the time is spent on full throttle and the rest is balance and corner speed and exits.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The big bangers are great but around there theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re the all-original lead tipped arrow!!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Burchartz made his series debut at Winton twelve months ago driving a Ford Mustang Ã¢â‚¬â€œ an excersise that ultimately led him to purchase the ex-Bill Pye Porsche to compete this year in both TCM and the new IROC Challenge series that commences this June also at Winton.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I love the track have got some results there and basically cut most of my testing laps there over the last 15 years so if IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m ever a chance to get a result its thereÃ¢â‚¬Â he explained.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“P4 for Keene last year?Ã‚Â ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the bar then.Ã‚Â Nice symmetry as well as Winton 2014 was my first ever round but in ChrisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mustang and as I remember it we made a bit of an impression..Ã‚Â on GomersallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rear quarter!Ã¢â‚¬Â
27 cars are entered for the Rare Spares Rose City Trophy round at Winton made up of three races on the May 15-17 weekend.
The grid includes the debut of another brand-new car to the TCM ranks Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the Holden Torana SL/R 5000 recently completed by long-time series regular Gary OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢BrienÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars business.
Graeme AlexanderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s HT Monaro will make a welcome return to race for the first time this year while Rusty French is set to debut his brand new Ford Mustang coupe – a sister entry to Gavin Bullas’ Prodrive Racing Australia supported jet-black entry.
Tight competition so far this season has seen seven different drivers feature on the podium across the first six races and less than 60 points (one race win) cover the top six drivers in the ProMaster class standings after two of eight rounds this year.
Last year Winton delivered exciting racing and three different winners from three races.
John Bowe qualified on pole and won the first race while Tony Karanfilovski scored his second win of the season when he won race two. Jim Richards won the third race and the round in 2014 driving his Ford Falcon Sprint.
Every session will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 5 (Channel 506) across the weekend as part of the Winton Super Sprint V8 Supercars Championship event.
ROUND 3 – ENTRY LIST
RARE SPARES ROSE CITY TROPHY
|No.||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|
|8||Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars||Gary O’Brien||VIC||1974||HoldenÃ‚Â||Torana SL/R 5000||White||5047cc|
|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|
|16||Rain City Racing||Gavin Bullas||VIC||1970||Ford||Mustang Fastback||Black||5800cc|
|17||Red Rock Winery||Rohan Little||VIC||1974||Porsche||911 IROC||Silver||3600cc|
|18||Dunlop Super Dealers/Wilson Security||John Bowe||VIC||1969||Ford||Mustang Trans Am||White/Black||5800cc|
|20||Palmer Promotions||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 Team Australia||Glenn SetonÃ‚Â||QLD||1964||Ford||Mustang Coupe||Black/Gold||5000cc|
|35||iseek RacingÃ‚Â||Jason Gomersall||QLD||1974||HoldenÃ‚Â||Torana SL/R 5000||White/Blue||5047cc|
|46||THD Motorsport||Leo Tobin||VIC||1969||Ford||Boss Mustang||Orange||5000cc|
|48||Melbourne’s Cheapest Cars||Eddie Abelnica||VIC||1974||Ford||Falcon XB Coupe||Red||5800cc|
|52||Outbound Racing / wheels.com.pg||Keith Kassulke||QLD||1974||Ford||Falcon XB Coupe||Blue/Silver||5800cc|
|56||Gabriel Shock Absorbers||Brett Youlden||VIC||1972||HoldenÃ‚Â||HQ Monaro Coupe||Green||5800cc|
|57||Corio Auto Parts||Graham Alexander||VIC||1968||HoldenÃ‚Â||HT Monaro||Orange||5819cc|
|60||Glennan’s Transport||Cameron Tilley||NSW||1969||Valiant||Pacer||Blue||4390cc|
|72||BMR Industries||Bruce McLeod||NT||1973||Ford||Falcon XA Superbird||Blue||5550cc|
|74||Lyndways Builders / Mick Webb’s SVO||Wayne Mercer||VIC||1971||Ford||Falcon XY GTHO||Blue||5800cc|
|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/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|