TILLEY FALCON GTHO KIT FOR THE RETURN OF THE TCM
Brad Tilley has confirmed he will return to the Touring Car Masters for the season finale at Mount Panorama, driving his familiar green Ford Falcon XY GTHO.
The TCM round of the Bathurst 1000 event will be the first time since 2018 that Tilley has raced in the category.
The 56-year-old will face his son Jamie, fourth in the 2021 standings in his Ford Mustang Tilley Racing.
Brad’s Falcon has been a mainstay of the series since its inception in 2007, winning 13 races, including the first of his career.
Aboard the GTHO, Tilley shone at Mount Panorama with three race wins as well as a TCM round victory on the mountain.
Tilley couldn’t wait to get back behind the wheel in a few weeks.
“I get a lot of races with Jamie, competing as a father and son is a great thing. We live together, work together and run together so it’s pretty special,” said Tilley.
“It was the best experience of my life. I’ve run a long time, in a lot of different categories and in a lot of different things, but looking on the grid and seeing it there is a buzz.
“And then I would look at the car sitting there doing nothing – I wanted to do something!” He last raced in Newcastle so I wanted to take him out there… and it always went pretty well in Bathurst.
“It’s still in its old specs and miles away from where some cars are today, but we’ll see how it goes!
Tilley also expressed pride in Jamie’s efforts so far this year, who finished third in the opening race before battling Ryan Hansford for the lead in Race 2.
“Seeing him up there running with a guy like Ryan, not many people can do that,” Tilley said.
“He’s doing great and has learned so much. We do so much racing with our customers – in non-Covid time we run almost every weekend with Group S cars, historic touring cars and more, so he’s always learning by driving them, helping them to put them in place.
“It helps in TCM. He knows what he wants from the car. This experience helped.
“Jamie is a very smooth rider and keeps the tires on the car which is important in TCM.”
Despite some time away from the series, Tilley said he was still excited to come to the circuit.
“We keep our cars together at home, opening the garage door and seeing two TCM cars side by side is a big deal to me.”
The final round of the Touring Car Masters Series will feature four races across the Bathurst 1000 weekend, between November 30 and December 3.
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