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Sep 20, 2012

EX-DICK JOHNSON FALCON TO MAKE KUMHO SERIES RETURN

A FORMER Dick Johnson-driven Bathurst 1000 Falcon will make its return in this weekend’s fifth and penultimate round of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series at Phillip Island.

Repaired from an accident while competing in the Sports Sedans category at the last Shannons Nationals round at Phillip Island in May, Leigh Moran’s ex-DJR EL Falcon is one of 14 entries for this weekend’s Kumho Series round for ex-V8 Supercars.

Moran raced the car in the early years of the V8 Touring Car category and it now competes in the full Shell Helix/DJR livery as formerly carried by John Bowe.

The car was used by Johnson and Bowe in their last podium finish together at Bathurst when they ran home second in the 1996 AMP Bathurst 1000 behind Craig Lowndes and Greg Murphy.

It also was raced by Bowe in early 1997 (and was involved in the now-infamous accident between the teammates at the Gold Coast Indy) and re-engineered by the team for its ill-fated assault on the 1997 Primus 1000 Classic at Bathurst.

Bowe drove the car in 1998 and won the Winton round of the Australian Touring Car Championship before teaming with Cameron McConville to finish third at the Sandown 500.

Paul Radisich used it to take a dominant victory in the non-championship V8 Supercar event on the Gold Coast in 1999 before the car was used by a variety of privateer drivers.

All up it raced in four Bathurst 1000s – three with DJR and one (in 2000) with privateers Ross Halliday and Adam Wallis.

The title fight in the Kumho Series remains close with Sydney Commodore driver Jim Pollicina just 20 points clear of Finance-EZI Racing’s Josh Hunter heading into the Phillip Island round.

Queensland Raceway round winner Morgan Haber sits 102 points behind the series leader in third place, but has proven he has the speed to add to his two race wins from three starts at Ipswich.

Round five of the Kumho Series kicks off tomorrow (Friday) with three 20-minute private practice sessions before the race meeting proper starts on Saturday. Practice, qualifying and Race 1 will be held on Saturday with the final two races on Sunday.

Streaming live coverage will be available via the internet on Sunday at www.itvlive.com.au