July 5, 2018 | General



The TOURING CAR MASTERS are finally in Townsville.

Round 5 of the 2018 Paynter Dixon TCM series will see the series visit the Watpac Townsville 400 for the first time following a four-year campaign by local fans Bernadette and Geoff Cooper to bring the series to North Queensland.

The ‘Bring Touring Car Masters to Townsville’ group gathered significant support on Facebook – with nearly 2000 people following the page – and widespread support throughout the category.

Today seven cars – representing each of the brands and most of the different models competing in the series – gathered in front of Townsville’s Iconic Castle Hill to celebrate their arrival to town.

The cars included were:

#8 Jesus Racing 1972 Ford Falcon GTHO – Andrew Fisher
#6 Multispares Racing 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000 – Ryan Hansford
#97 Century Batteries / John’s Furniture Removals Racing 1963 Mercury Comet – Allan Boughen
#3 F3 Motor Auctions 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback – Cameron Mason
#60 Anglomoil / Glennan Transport 1969 Valliant Pacer Hemi – Cameron Tilley
#21 Wellpro Racing 1973 Pontiac Firebird – Rob Hackwood
#95 Whiteline Racing / 1969 Chevrolet Camaro – Adam Bressington

20 cars will tackle this weekend’s event including racing legends John Bowe and Steven Johnson – who currently leads the TCM series standings following a victory in Darwin three weeks ago.

“As a category we’re thrilled to finally be in Townsville and we’ve already had a great welcome†TCM Category Administrator Rowan Harman said.

“It’s proof that the ‘power of the people’ actually works! Bernie Geoff and the supporters who have got behind their movement have been passionate about getting the category here. The stars aligned and this year we have been able to make it happen and we’re looking forward to putting on a show.

“The organisers here and Supercars have been very supportive as have our teams and drivers.

“Many of our competitors have come straight from Darwin and have been spending time seeing the sights of North Queensland and the city itself before setting up at the track this week.

“They’re all really keen to put on a great show for the local fans this weekend.â€Â

The 286-meter tall Castle Hill coupled with bright blue skies and beaming sunshine perfectly set the scene for a stunning weekend of racing at the 10th running of the North Queensland event.

Paynter Dixon Touing Car Masters competitors will tackle three races this weekend following practice tomorrow (Friday) and qualifying on Saturday morning.

The Touring Car Masters paddock is open to all Watpac Townsville 400 ticketholders located in the support category paddock adjacent to turn two.


Friday 6th July

Practice 1 – 9:20am
Practice 2 – 12:55pm (Live on FOX Sports 506)

Saturday 7th July

Qualifying – 9:50am (Live on FOX Sports 506)
Race 1 – 12:40 (12 Laps) (Live on FOX Sports 506 Channel Ten)

Sunday 8th July

Race 2 – 9:45am (12 Laps) (Live on FOX Sports 506)
Race 3 – 12:45pm (12 Laps) (Live on FOX Sports 506 Channel Ten)