Apparently, Touring Car Masters will be allowing early Commodores to enter.
One significant problem with the introduction of the Falcon XD was said to be the finding of a suitable body for conversion, although one XD racer is converting his existing racer to TCM specs.
Surely there are a lot of Commodore Cup cars floating around, either in sheds or club type racing. Suitable bodies for conversion may be easier to find. Hopefully the class is not overwhelmed by Commodores which will probably be cheaper, particularly if you already race one somewhere.
he Commodore models permitted will be the VB-VH models, though the VH model requires slight modifications for it to comply. The delay to introduce the newer-generation Holden has been caused by the Commodore’s MacPherson strut suspension set-up, which has forced TCM organisers to complete a due diligence in making sure it complies with the regulations of the class.
Organisers are confident the Commodore will be a match for the Toranas, with the category Pro-Sport L77 6-litre based motor fitted in the car, while the bodykit will be inspired by the original incarnation of the Group C VB minus flares and with a smaller rear wing similar to those featured in Commodore Cup
“It’s something new and different,” said TCM Operations Manager Rowan Harman. “It opens ourselves up to a new market of people, which we are starting to do after 12 years as a category.”
Marcus Zukanovic’s XD Falcon was the first compliant ‘new-generation’ TCM car and performed strongly across the weekend.
Team Johnson, headed up by three-time Bathurst 1000 winner Dick Johnson and son Steven, had been behind the push to get the XD into TCM.
However, it is unlikely to be the first to race it in the popular series owing to a delay in finding a suitable donor chassis.
Team Johnson is ready to start building an XD Falcon for Touring Car Masters after sourcing and having a donor shell prepared recently, with a debut likely in 2019.
The chassis made an appearance at Friday’s pre-season Supercars test day at Sydney Motorsport Park, where it was parked next to the DJR Team Penske transporter in the paddock area.
The Johnsons acquired the chassis from Kurri Kurri, on the outskirts of the city which hosted last year’s Supercars and TCM finale, Newcastle.
“We committed to buy a couple of XDs but they both turned out to be no good and the guy that owned this one got in contact with us,” Steven Johnson told Speedcafe.com.
“He said, ‘If you’re looking for an XD, I’ve got one here and you can have it,’ so basically we got the shell for nothing; we just had to go and pick it up.
“We got it back (to the team workshop) and stripped it, and Dad (Dick) and I took it down to Sydney a few weeks ago on a car trailer, just as a body shell with the panels on it.
“We took it to where we were getting it acid-dipped, and now it’s out of that, it’s looking really, really good. It’s come out with basically no rust in it, which is unbelievable.”
Team Johnson had revealed plans to race an XD in TCM midway through 2017, but a hoped-for introduction sometime during 2018 seems to have been thwarted by a delay in sourcing a suitable chassis.