Touring Car Masters car weight requirements
A V8 Supercar has to weigh 1355kg without the driver, whereas a Class C TCM car has to come in at around 1630 kg, approximately 300kgs more, which while resulting in slower lap times and brake strain still makes for incredible racing. These cars are loud, fast and get plenty of sideways action on tight corners.
Touring Car Masters racing parity
Although the TCM category operates to a Weights and RPM Register, which limits the quantities for each car in a particular event, there are continuing issues and debate around how to improve race parity.
Being period cars, equalising performance is an almost impossible task. Part of the Touring Car Masters charm is seeing stunning retro muscle cars that are mostly correct to their original specs.
However, there has been a push to create a new standard, so in Bathurst’s 2021 round, about half a dozen TCM competitors were fitted with engine data loggers in a bid to determine parity and find solutions for equalising the field.
Category Managers look for innovative ways to address parity issues and we’ll see more developments in this area over the next few seasons.
Touring Car Masters engine specs
Class C TCM engines are powerful V8s which are fed by a single four-barrel carburetor and revved between 7200-7800rpm — but this can change depending on the brand of the engine and the seeding and status of the driver.
Unlike V8 Supercar engines, a TCM V8 engine can be assembled with off-the-shelf components that anyone can buy from a speed shop. Many come from NASCAR parts from the USA. The engines are considered reliable due to a dry-sumped engine that cuts oil surge in the corners.
Touring Car Masters drivers
Another major drawcard for the Touring Car Masters are the drivers, who include a mix of ‘seeded’ professionals like Bathurst champion John Bowe and amazing up-and-comers like Brad Tilley. John Bowe, Steve Johnson and Adam Garwood are the names to beat right now but we’re excited to see the next generation come through. TCM is a category with a lot of promising talent and rules designed to keep drivers on their toes and racing as interesting as possible.
Current drivers and their cars include:
- #6 Ryan Hansford – Holden Torana A9X
- #7 Jim Pollicina – Holden Torana A9X
- #9 Andrew Fisher – Ford Falcon XY GT
- #12 Peter Burnitt – Holden Torana A9X
- #17 Steve Johnson – Ford Falcon XD
- #18 John Bowe – Holden Torana Sll/R 5000
- #25 Paul Freestone – Chevrolet Camaro
- #29 Jamie Tilley – Ford Mustang Coupe
- #33 Cameron Mason – Ford Mustang TransAm
- #35 Jason Gomersall – Holden Torana A9X
- #50 Gerard McLeod – Holden Commodore VB
- #58 Ryal Harris – Chevrolet Camaro SS
- #60 Cameron Tilley – Valiant Pacer
- #67 Jeremy Gray – Ford Capri Perana
- #71 Marcus Zukanovic – Ford Falcon XD
- #74 Wayne Mercer – Ford Falcon XY GHTO
- #75 Aaron McGill – Ford Falcon XW GT
- #95 Mark King – Chevrolet Camaro SS
- #88 Tony Karanfilovski – Ford Mustang Coupe
- # 85 Adam Garwood – Chevrolet Camaro RS
Touring Car Masters Rules
TCM has its own distinctive rules that make it exciting and different from other motorsport categories.
To create the most exciting racing experience, TCM regulations place the fastest drivers at the back for a reverse grid race that guarantees absolute mayhem and exhilaration. The kings of the road charge through, usually resulting in a few accidents along the way as everyone else fights for a position.
Points are given for starting and finishing the race, but with the purpose of inflicting even more chaos on the drivers. Anyone who’s continuously taking out wins has penalties such as increased weight or decreased rev to help even the playing field, keep things interesting and stop one driver from dominating the pack.
There’s one more element to add to the fun. The TCM actually splits into three class categories: Pro-Masters for professionals, Pro-Am for the part-timers and Pro-Sports that allows entrants to cross-enter in the same car, so that more than one person can score points for a single car.
Touring Car Masters schedule
The Touring Car Masters schedule can be subject to change each season but as a guide, the 2021 season is as follows: