End of the line for popular Touring Car Masters driver.
This weekend the V8s and accompanying categories arrive at Phillip Island for the second last round of the year, before the Sydney 500 finale at Homebush.
Along for the ride in 2015 is the Touring Car Masters, a collection of almost heritage listed racing cars and their drivers. Think John Bowe, think Jim Richards, think HQ Monaro or XB Falcon and you’ll get the idea.
This weekend will see the end of an era, as popular driver Brett Youlden has decided to hand up the keys to his formidable green HQ Monaro. Youlden says:
“I suppose I’m after a change of scenery and a different way of doing things,”
“I’ve spent a lot of time in the garage working on the Monaro rather than being with the family so it’s the right time to put the car on the market and look at a different way of doing things.
“Money is always an issue, too. I’ve had a lot of amazing and loyal sponsors and supporters but it’s always hard to challenge for outright victories when you’re running on a fish and chip budget.
“It’s just been me and my long-suffering mate Bill helping me out, so it’s time for a change!”
It has been a competitive car for the likable Victorian driver and a fitting swansong as the Philip Island track is effectively home turf. It won race two at the 2012 round, qualified third in 2013 and scored a podium finish in race one.
Their last round was at the iconic Bathurst race where Youlden qualified ninth yet finished fifth, fourth and fifth for the three races.
Youlden makes clear that although the big “tudor” is up for sale, he’s not quitting racing. ““I’m not giving it away – this isn’t a retirement!” “I’m remaining in the class I love and the plan is to be in a competitive package that can be at the front.
“Just because it’s the last meeting in this car I’m not going to be touring around just trying to finish, either. I want to end my time with the girl on a high.
“And if I scratch it in the process.. I promise I’ll fix it for the new owner before they take delivery!”
The V8 Supercars and supporting categories will be seen on Fox Sports and Channel 10, check your local guides.
(Images courtesy: www.touringcarmasters.com.au)