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Feb 1, 2013

ADELAIDE RACER JOINS KUMHO SERIES

ADELAIDE Saloon Car young gun Josh Kean is the latest driver to seal a deal to compete in this year’s Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series.

Kean, who finished runner-up in last year’s Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car Series, will make the step up and drive an ex-Jason Richards/Team Dynamik Commodore for Adelaide-based THR Developments in this year’s six round national series.

The 19-year-old tested the car at Mallala Motorsport Park on December 17 and will run the full six-round series.

“I’m actually quite pumped about this deal coming together,” says Kean.

“Since we started last year I have always wanted to get into this series and it’s happened quicker than I thought but I am glad it has.

“The cars are awesome to drive. I was very happy with how the test went before Christmas and the lap times went well too. So now the focus is on becoming more consistent with them and learning from there.”

Kean plans on testing again at Mallala in a fortnight’s time and will continue to compete in South Australian Saloon Car racing in addition to his debut season this year in the Kumho Series.

The Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series first debuted in 2008 and is run for ex-V8 Supercars formerly driven by some of the top stars of the sport.

The category has quickly grown into an affordable, unofficial ‘third tier’ of V8 Supercars featuring cars no longer eligible to compete in the V8 Supercar Development Series.

Kean’s home round at Mallala Motorsport Park is set to feature a Kumho Series race under lights on Saturday April 20.

The 2013 Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will kick off at Sydney Motorsport Park in New South Wales on March 23-24.

A bumper field approaching 25 cars is expected at the opening round of the series, which again forms a major part of the popular Shannons Nationals for the season.