THOMAS RANDLE JOINS TCM AT CLIPSAL 500
ONE OF AustraliaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s brightest young racing prospects will trade wings and slicks for classic muscle car power this weekend at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
2017 Toyota Racing Series champion Thomas Randle is a late addition to the Touring Car Masters ranks this weekend set to jump behind the wheel of Rusty FrenchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stunning Skye Sands 1969 Ford Boss Mustang.
Randle has quickly risen to become one of the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top international talents sweeping to the ultra-competitive title in New Zealand earlier in February Ã¢â‚¬â€œ backing up from a race-winning season in the tough British Formula 3 championship last year.
The 2014 Australian Formula Ford Champion also finished second in the 2015 Australian Formula 4 Championship – but isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t just experienced in the world of high performance open wheelers.
As well as confirming a drive in an LMP3 LeMans Prototype recently Randle also raced his father DeanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 800hp SAAB Sports Sedan to third in the national championship in 2015 racing the likes of Jack Perkins and Tony Ricciardello.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am thoroughly excited to be racing on the streets of Adelaide in the Touring Car MastersÃ¢â‚¬Â Randle said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really looking forward to hitting the circuit for the first time and in a completely different car that I am used to considering I was only racing in the TRS two weekends ago.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I would personally like to thank Rusty French for giving me the opportunity to race his mustang and I will be giving it plenty on the streets!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Randle said he was looking forward to getting behind the wheel this weekend having enjoyed a brief sample of the car during a test session last weekend.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I had one test in it at Winton last weekend and everything went quite well so it will be interesting to see how I fair against a lot of guys I grew up watching when I was a kidÃ¢â‚¬Â he said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“..That being said I will be trying to give them a run for their money.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Though TCM fields are predominantly comprised of more experienced racers and legends of the sport Randle isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t alone in being a young-gun looking to use the category to gain some experience in high-horsepower cars Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Adam Garwood a Clipsal 500 race winner last year another rising young talent in the category.
Cars hit the track this Thursday for practice qualifying and the first of three races Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all to be shown live on FOX Sports.
Selected races this weekend will also be broadcast on Network Ten.