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Mar 18, 2013

RECORD FIELD SET FOR OPENING KUMHO SERIES ROUND

22 entries for expanding series for ex-V8 Supercars

A RECORD field of 22 cars is set to take to Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend for the opening round of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series for ex-V8 Supercars.

After debuting with just four cars at Mallala back in 2008, the Kumho Series looks set to comfortably surpass its record field of 20 cars this weekend as the headline act of the first Shannons Nationals round of the season.

The previous record for field size in the Kumho Series is 20 cars - last achieved at Winton in 2012.

“There’s no doubt the Kumho Series is one of the classes receiving a lot of attention within the Australian motorsport industry,” says V8 Touring Car Commercial Manager Rob Curkpatrick.

“Young drivers are seeing the value in developing their skills in this series before they attempt the step up into V8 Supercars’ Development Series and it’s proven to be a happy home for established drivers with a love of these style of cars.”

Six rookies – Shae Davies, Matt Chahda, Dan Day, Steve Briffa, Josh Kean and Peter Rullo - will make their Kumho Series debut at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend while former series champions Terry Wyhoon and Chris Smerdon return to the category after lay-offs.

Familiar faces John Vergotis and Chris Delfsma will both also return after missing last season. They will drive Falcons originally built by Brad Jones Racing and Thexton Motor Racing respectively.

For the first time this year there will be two distinct classes in the Kumho Series – one for cars with the traditional H-pattern gearbox and one for the recently-introduced sequential gearbox.

A total of 10 cars will run with the sequential option in the opening round, while 12 cars will stick with the H pattern design.

The 2013 Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will kick off at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend on March 23-24.

Private practice will be held on Friday with practice on Saturday at 10.15am followed by qualifying at 1.05pm and Race 1 at 3.50pm.

Sunday’s program will feature Race 2 at 11.10am and Race 3 at 1.55pm and will be live streamed at www.thenationals.com.au with television coverage to follow on SBS’ ‘Speedweek’ on Sunday April 7 and a one-hour dedicated program on Fox Sports’ SPEED channel at a later date to be confirmed.

Entry List HERE