April 11, 2019 | General


SUPER 2 FORD star Thomas Randle is a late inclusion into the second round of the Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters at Phillip Island.
Randle will driver Rusty French’s 1969 Ford Mustang this weekend the first time he has been behind the wheel of the classic retro racer since Adelaide 2017.
“Actually Rusty told me a couple of weeks ago that he had lodged an entry and then suggested that I should be driving it†Randle said.

“I jumped at the opportunity. It will be nice to jump back in the Mustang. The last time it ran was at Bathurst last year with Rusty driving.
“The I last I drove it was a little over two years ago – not very fond memories unfortunately†he admitted recalling that he had accident after another car dumped its load of oil at the first corner.
“But hopefully we can challenge the guys up the front and give Steve (Johnson) John (Bowe) and the others a run for their money.
“I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch with the competitiveness of the category now we will see how tomorrow goes as there is a lot to get used to.
“I have been so fortunate over the last five years of my career to drive so many different styles of cars. Having driven this car before I can sort of remember that it is 1500kg and somewhere around 700-plus horsepower with good tyres but certainly not up to the power.
“Then there is left-hand drive with a four-speed H-pattern gearbox. There are a lot of differences but I will just take it how it comes†he concluded.

Randle joins the field for Round 2 of the Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters which begins at Phillip Island tomorrow. Live coverage of the event will be shown on Fox Sports and Kayo.