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PRE-WINTON TCM NOTEBOOK

May 17, 2018

THE Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters series returns to Winton Raceway this weekend for the third event on the 2018 schedule.

The seventh, eighth and ninth races on the calendar, plus another combative Dometic Trophy Race, are set to be highly competitive affairs.

Here's a look at some of the talking points heading into the weekend.

FRESH from his breakthrough maiden Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters race victory in Tasmania, Jason Gomersall has every right to be in a good mindset heading into this weekend’s round at Winton.

Despite dramas during last year’s second race, Winton remains the Queenslander’s strongest TCM circuit.

Twelve months ago, Gomersall qualified on pole at the venue, his first in TCM.

A year prior to that he also qualified on the front row which was, up to last year’s pole, his best qualifying performance.

JASON’S qualifying margin last year to score pole was just 0.0200s, making it the second closest 1-2 margin in TCM history.

The year prior he lost pole by 0.08s – at the time the 11th closest margin in the series.

RYAN HANSFORD has every right to feel like he's due for a result.

The Queenslander has been one of the most rapid drivers in the paddock this year aboard the Multispares Torana, but things have not gone totally smoothly.

Recurring steering issues throughout the opening two rounds have hindered otherwise superb performances from the Peters Motorsport-run car.

Hansford scored pole at the final round of the 2017 season and finished on the podium in Tasmania, despite his issues.

With Adam Bressington and Jason Gomersall having broken their respective first-win ducks this year, Hansford must surely be close to adding his name to that list as well.

WINTON’s tight and twisty layout plays to the hands of those with less capacity and, as such, less weight.

TCM’s performance adjustment system helps level the playing field with cars with larger capacity gaining more weight.

The sweet spot seems to be those cars with five-litre engines, which can still produce over 600bhp but without the weight handicap that the 5.8-litre cars sustain – perfect for a place with many corners like Winton.

No car with more than a five-litre engine has qualified on the front row at Winton for the last three years.

Meanwhile, five-litre cars have won the last nine straight races at Winton. Jim Richards won race three in 2014 in the 289ci Falcon Sprint, with John Bowe winning six of the next seven in his Torana.

Glenn Seton (302 Mustang) and Adam Garwood last year (Torana) have also won races at Winton in that stretch.

DESPITE THAT, it was still a ‘big’ car that won the round last year; Eddie Abelnica took the overall honours in his XB GT Falcon Coupe’ despite not winning a race.

It was only the fourth time a TCM round has been won by a driver not winning a race.

PREVIOUS Winton round winners include Gavin Bullas (2008 & 09), John Bowe (2010, 15, 16), Jim Richards (2011) and Eddie Abelnica.

Bowe won five races in a row in 2015 and 2016 – incidentally, Glenn Seton was third in all of those five races as well. It was he that ended Bowe’s streak, too – winning the third race of the 2016 round with a last-lap pass in the trophy race that year.

CAMERON TILLEY has only one top-three race finish this season, but his consistency has been an enormous asset to the Valliant Pacer driver this year. On outright points he was second overall in Adelaide and then backed that up with third in Tasmania – a track least likely to suit the Pacer.

THE WINTON entry list has settled with a stout field ready to do battle at the always entertaining 3.1km circuit.

Meanwhile, the category is already looking forward to the top-end swing coming up in June and July, when they head back to Hidden Valley Raceway and then to Townsville for the first time.

And while Jim Richards isn’t at Winton, the legend of the sport will be back at Hidden Valley in a month’s time.

FINAL ENTRY LIST

No Sponsor Name Name Make Model Colour
1 Skunk Werks / Red Rock Winery Rohan Little Porsche 911 IROC Aubergine
3 F3 Motor Auctions Cameron Mason  Ford Mustang Fastback Red/White
4 Northern BM Phillip Showers Ford Escort RS 1600 Purple
5 ACDelco Bruce Williams Holden  Torana SL/R 5000 Blue
6 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford Holden  Torana SL/R 5000 Yellow/Blue
8 Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars Rob Burns Holden  Monaro GTS Black
9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher Ford Falcon XY GT HO Red
11 Pitman Trucks/Halkin Constructions Graham Crawford Ford Falcon XA GT Purple
17 WM Waste / Herrod Performance Steve Johnson Ford Mustang Fastback Yellow/Green
18 Wilson Security / PAYCE John Bowe Holden  Torana A9X Red/White
27 MOCOMM Motorsport Communications Jim Pollicina Holden  Torana A9X White
35 Bigmate Racing Jason Gomersall Holden  Torana A9X Hatchback Red/White/Black
44 Brett Hotchkin Brett Hotchkin Ford Falcon XY GT HO Red
46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin Ford Boss Mustang Orange
48 Rod Hotchkin Rod Hotchkin Ford Falcon XY GT HO Blue
57 Graham Alexander Graham Alexander Chevrolet Camaro SS Blue
60 Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL Lubricants Cameron Tilley Valiant Pacer Blue
65 Cannon Trailers Blu Cannon Ford Falcon XY GT HO Red
69 Fataz Competition Engines Ian Woodward Chevrolet Camaro SS Gold
75 Ranger Lifting-Rigging-Safety Aaron McGill Ford Falcon XW GT White/Blue/Black
85 Whiteline Racing / King Springs Mark King Chevrolet Camaro RS Yellow
88 TIFS - Warehousing & Distribution Tony Karanfilovski Ford Mustang Trans Am Orange
90 Kalus Kenny Interlex / Skunk Werks Sven Burchartz Porsche 911 IROC Orange
95 Whiteline Racing / vdc.com.au Adam Bressington Chevrolet Camaro SS Yellow
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