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Jim went into the final Touring Car Masters round at the Sydney Olympic Park circuit at Homebush with hopes for a good result to finish off the year in the Shannons AMC Javelin but it wasn’t to be.

After finishing 9th and 6th in the two practice sessions qualifying was obviously going to be important and when he punched out a time that was good enough for 6th on the grid Jim came into the pits feeling he had done enough.

Unfortunately four other cars went faster in the closing minutes of the session and Jim found himself relegated to 10th with only half a second covering 6th to 10th.

In the first eight lap race Jim avoided the carnage ahead to finish 7th with the win going to Steve Johnson in the Falcon GT from John Bowe in the Torana and Glenn Seton in the Mustang.

In the second race over nine laps Jim had to settle for 9th finding the car would not handle the high kerbs as well as the other cars. The top three spots went to Bowe, Seton and Eddie Abelnica in the two door Falcon.

“While the shock absorbers we use are normally very good they just don’t cope very well with riding the kerbs which you need to do at this circuit. It was obviously costing us a lot of time but at least we know what we need to do for the future”. said Jim.

Starting from 4th place in the final shuffled grid nine lap race Jim ran strongly in the early stages before being caught out by fading brakes and running wide at turn one to lose a number of spots.

Then on lap eight Jim was forced to pull over on the front straight to record a rare DNF while the race was taken out by Johnson from Cam Tilley in the six cylinder Valiant Pacer and Bowe in 3rd place.

“Initially I thought I had an engine problem but it turned out that third gear had failed which put us out. Overall you could say it was a disappointing round but we know the areas we need to work on to make it better”. said Jim.

Bowe took out the round and his 5th TCM Pro-Masters title with 1167 points from Seton on 1087 and Abelnica on 1078.

The other big and very deserving news for Jim is that he will be inducted into the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame at a special ceremony on March the 24th at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre along with 21 others including good friend and former team mate Mark Skaife.

“This is not something I was expecting and to be honest when you are racing and enjoying what you do you don’t really think about the accolades and the awards. I have been very fortunate in my career and to receive this award is a wonderful bonus”. said the seven time Bathurst winner and eight time Targa Tasmania winner.

Jim now holds a very unique place in Australian Motor Sport history which is unlikely to be equalled in the future.

He will be the only person to have been inducted into the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame, the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame and the Targa Tasmania Hall of Fame.

“Overall we have had a good year which I have really enjoyed and I would just like to say a very sincere thankyou to Shannons, Adrenalin, Leatherman Tools and Porsche for their ongoing support and encouragement. I would also like to thank my crew Bruce Tyson, Mick Webb, Brian Gelding and Russell Woollard who have been fantastic support over the year.

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