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Seven-pronged Kiwi TCM Bathurst invasion

AN influx of historic cars from across the ditch is set to spice up the Touring Car Masters action this weekend.

Seven New Zealand entries will join the field at Bathurst, making for 24 cars in total.

Among them will be the Pontiac Firebird of Dennis Lovegrove and the Valiant Charger of Tony Galbraith.

Adding to the Australian contingent, Brad Tilley will return to the series in the Ford Mustang Coupe raced last year by his son Jamie, who’s lining up in the Kumho Series this weekend.

Meanwhile Ben Dunn and his Chevrolet Monza are back for the first time since a crash at the 2022 Adelaide 500.

“I have committed to getting the Chevy Monza back for Bathurst and Adelaide this year and plan to do all of 2024,” said Dunn.

“Last year I crashed the Monza quite heavily at the Adelaide 500 and it took many months to source parts as you can expect there aren’t many Monzas in Australia.

“Jeff Barnes, who is a well-known Monza racer from the ‘80s and actually owned one of Allan Moffat’s original beasts, reached out to me to assist and is also sourcing me a back-up shell and parts from the USA later this year just so we have parts available moving forward.

“We are all keen to have our Kiwi cousins over which is always good to see their cars, hopefully they aren’t still too upset about losing the World Cup final in rugby.

“Any lap you can get at Bathurst, you take. It has so much history and is so amazing to drive, especially in the TCM cars they have heaps of horsepower and move around a lot so always put on great racing for the fans.”

Steven Johnson leads the outright Pro Master standings by 150 points from Ryan Hansford, with just the Bathurst and Adelaide rounds to come this year.

Entry list: Touring Car Masters, 2023 Supercheap Auto Bathurst International

2Pro-AmDevelon Equipment AUS/Garwood MotorsportAdam GarwoodHolden VB Commodore
3Pro-AmWestern General BodyworksDanny BuzadzicHolden Torana A9X
4Pro SportNorthside TaxisAllan HughesHolden Torana SL/R 5000
6Pro MasterMultispares RacingRyan HansfordHolden Torana A9X
09Pro MasterJesus RacingAndrew FisherHolden Torana A9X
12Pro SportDepulu Wheel Reconditioners Gold CoastPeter BurnittHolden Torana A9X
18Pro MasterRare Spares/Paynter Dixon/Local LegendsJohn BoweHolden Torana SL/R 5000
28Pro-AmPro Lube LubricantsBrad TilleyFord Mustang Coupe
33Pro MasterHancock RacingSteven JohnsonFord Mustang Trans Am
53Pro SportPearcedale Plant HireDave HenderFord Falcon XY GT
55Pro SportBullet Trailers RacingJohn AdamsFord Falcon XY GT
60Pro-AmAnglomoil Superior LubricantsCameron TilleyValiant Pacer
70InvitationalHigh Performance MotorsportIan PriceFord Escort Mk II
71Pro MasterAction Motor IndustriesMarcus ZukanovicFord Falcon XD
77Pro SportSNB Berryman RacingWarren TrewinHolden HQ Monaro
88Pro-AmTIFS Third Party LogisticsTony KaranfilovskiFord Mustang Trans Am
99Pro-AmFast Meals/Bespoke Financial AdvisoryBen DunnChevrolet Monza
104InvitationalLife Sciences NZColin MeadowsChevrolet Camaro
110InvitationalNZTCMSean McCaughanFord Falcon XY GTHO
117InvitationalNZTCMTim DawsonFord Falcon XE
133InvitationalNZTCMDennis LovegrovePontiac Firebird
143InvitationalFluidex Transport/Engine DynamicsTony GalbraithValiant Charger
184InvitationalHamilton AsphaltsLance HughesHolden Torana SL/R 5000
321InvitationalCrew 32Craig BuchananFord Mustang GT350
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