DRIVER SWAP FOR TCM CAMARO IN TOWNSVILLE

The Whiteline '69 Camaro is a familiar runner in the Touring Car Masters. Photo: Nathan Wong.

LONG-TIME Porsche racer Michael Almond will make a return to Touring Car Masters for its next round, held in Townsville in early July.

The South Australian will replace Mark King in Bob and Sharon Middleton’s Whiteline Racing 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

Almond will be on double duty in Townsville driving in TCM and the Paynter Dixon Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship.

It won’t be the first time he’s done double duty in North Queensland, having raced in both Carrera Cup and V8 Utes in 2015.

“I can’t wait, George (Miedecke) is going well in the other car,” Almond told V8 Sleuth this week.

“It’s a one-off at the moment but I’m working on trying to put together a deal to run the rest of the season.”

Almond has the backing of the PSA (Petrol Services Australia) Group and will get his first taste of the Camaro at Mallala this Saturday at a shakedown run following repairs made since its last start at Sydney Motorsport Park.

It marks a return to TCM for Almond, who last competed in TCM in Darwin in 2013.

The South Aussie is no stranger to winning in TCM. He took his Porsche 911 to two giant-killing race wins up against the big V8s at Wanneroo in Western Australia in that same year – and did it without having the use of third gear!

He is competing in this year’s Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia championship as part of the Garth Walden Racing line-up alongside Dylan O’Keeffe and Duvashen Padayachee.

WATCH: Almond win in TCM in Perth in 2013

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.