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TILLEY’S TCM PACER MAKES SANDOWN RETURN


Published at 9/13/2022

Touring Car Masters racer Cameron Tilley has re-built his blue #60 Valiant Pacer in the space of 9 weeks, reconstructing everything from the back-doors-back to be ready for Sandown this weekend.

After having the rear of his fan-favourite Pacer destroyed in a huge crash when the brakes of the Michael Almond driven #95 Whiteline Racing Camaro SS gave out in Townsville, Tilley told AUTO ACTION that his season was looking dusted due to the extent of the damage.

Almond speared into Tilley on the hard braking second turn at high speed due to the bias bar in the pedal box giving way – as confirmed by Bob Middleton of Whiteline Racing – sending the two drivers careering into the tyre barrier.

Speaking again recently with AUTO ACTION, Tilley confirmed that he was set to appear at Sandown, and there was a lot of work in getting it there.

“We were meant to have a run at Eastern Creek (SMP) last Friday, but the day got canned unfortunately, so it’s straight on the trailer to Sandown really,” Tilley said.

“It was a huge job all up, in between running the business and fixing other cars, I had to fit the repair in somehow. So I managed to get an old Pacer and unpicked the quarter panels and floor sections which obviously had to be repaired and fitted.

The reconstructed back end of Tilley’s Valiant Pacer in his Sydney workshop

“Fixed on a new fibreglass boot-lid and spoiler, new tail lights and watts linkage, and then we had to replace the oil tank also, give it a new spray, so yeah…huge job. 

“Still a bit of work to do of course, gotta get to Melbourne then tow it to the track, so I’ll feel a bit better when we’re there and we can get it under the tent and kick back.”

The other car in the incident, the #95 Whiteline Racing Chevrolet Camaro SS has also been repaired in the Whiteline garage in SA, and will take to the tarmac at Sandown with Adam Bressington behind the wheel, with Almond Carrying a shoulder injury believed to be from the incident.

Tilley’s Pacer following the round three crash with Almond on the Townsville street circuit

Tilley resumes his TCM battle from third in the standings, holding a narrow six point lead over George Miedecke in his #85 Camaro SS, after having a barnstorming win over leaders John Bowe and Ryan Hansford at the SMP.

The fourth round of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships kicks off this weekend, September 16-18, which can be seen live on Stan Sports, with Saturday’s action also being shown live on the Nine Network.

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