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Welcome to TCM season 2024

Welcome to season 2024. Ryan and the team would like to thank Multispares and its partners for their continued support in 2024, the 11 th year of co-branding and racing with Ryan Hansford.

Ryan started racing in his mid-twenties in the local Qld Gemini series. He did some races in Mini’s followed by a season in Super 2 before moving to the very popular V8 Utes, which is where the Multispares involvement commenced.

When Supercars purchased the V8 Ute category and moved towards diesel powered dual cab Utes it was time to look at other categories that were a better fit for Multispares and its customers.

Touring Car Masters or TCM as it is known, was already gaining in popularity when Ryan started racing in the category in 2015. It has since been voted Australia’s most popular support category to Supercars 3x times. After twice finishing 2 nd , Ryan won the championship in 2022.

For the past two seasons, TCM was owned and managed by the ARG group, with 3 rounds held in conjunction with the Speed Series on Stan and 3 rounds with Supercars.

Over the Christmas/New Year break, a group ofeight competitor teams purchased TCM back from ARG. Subsequently, Supercars welcomed the series back, giving TCM 5 of our 6 rounds, all with brilliant TV coverage via Fox Sports/Kayo and several races telecast on Free to Air. In another important development, Ryan, Brett Peters, David Schramm, and Mark Herron have purchased the Multispares Torana from Rod Dawson, giving us more control over decisions that help us stay at the front of this very competitive and determined field. After a lengthy visit to the body shop, the team took delivery of the Multispares Torana in early February.

Repairs to the back end were required after Ryan slid into the super-fast turn 8 wall in Adelaide at the last round in 2023. 90% of drivers who have a moment in turn 8 jump on the brakes, lock up, and plough into the concrete heavily, but Ryan was able to steer, slide the car sideways, and hit the wall with the rear, which saved the front but moved the whole boot across.

“The Torana had been getting faster and faster all weekend and in race 3, it was hooked up the best it has ever been” said Ryan after the race.

“I got to turn 8 and turned in like normal but the front-end grip was so good, I clipped the inside kerb which threw the car into a slide. I was very lucky not to end up with a wrecked TCM car” added Ryan. Check out the in-car vision

Whilst the damage was just to the body, holdups over Christmas and the new year have meant the team has their work cut out to be ready for round 1, to the level they had hoped, with several small improvements planned if they had got the car before Christmas.

The great news is that Ryan reported the Torana to be the best it has been in the final two races in Adelaide. With the planned start to the Supercar season in Newcastle being shelved, the season will now start in Bathurst as part of the Bathurst SuperFest which has the 12-hour event weekend before the Bathurst 500.

Ryan is also excited to be back racing in WA and NT this year. Both were part of the V8 Ute calendar for many years and TCM has been to Hidden Valley once, so Ryan has driven both circuits several times and expects the Torana to be very fast at Barbagallo Raceway 1 hour north of Perth. Hidden Valley near Darwin has a very long straight but the corner coming onto the straight is a bit tricky for getting the power to the road, and with the remainder of the track quite technical, Ryan expects to be fast there as well.

Please follow the team’s progress on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube as well as the live TV coverage across each event.

 


 

2024 TCM Calendar

 

Bathurst 500 ( Feb 23/25 )
Fox TV / Kayo all races plus 1 FTA TV.Perth ( May 17/19 )
Fox TV / Kayo all races

Darwin ( June 14/16 )
Fox TV / Kayo 2 x FTA TV

Sydney SMSP ( July 19/21 )
Fox TV / KayoSandown ( Sept 20/22 )
Fox TV / Kayo

Rd 6 TBA


 

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