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Apr 16, 2013

LOCAL YOUNG GUNS READY FOR MALLALA

Rookies ready for second round of Kumho Series in South Australia

WHILE South Australian Chris Smerdon may be the defending round winner at his home circuit at Mallala Motorsport Park, there is a range of local young guns keen to follow in his wheel tracks this weekend in the second round of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series.

Adelaide teenagers Dan Day and Josh Kean are only just starting their respective V8 careers but both have experience on the 2.6-kilometre circuit that should hold them in good stead this weekend.

18-year-old Day comes from a rallying background, while Kean has made the step up from six-cylinder Saloon Cars in just his second ever year of car racing.

“We started in Saloon Cars at Mallala last year,” Kean said.

“It was our first year in motor racing and we had a good year – despite missing (the opening round at) Bathurst we managed to finish second in the championship, so we were pretty happy.

“The V8 is unbelievable. The brakes are ridiculous and the power is ridiculous. You have to be on the top of the game physically and mentally and give 100 percent to it – if you don’t you’re not going to get there.”

In the series for ex-V8 Supercars, Kean is racing a car with notable history both for South Australia and the sport in general. His VZ Commodore was not only built and run by local team, Team Dynamik – but was driven by the late Jason Richards and still carries the same livery that the Kiwi ran during his time with the team.

Day, meanwhile, has an ex-Brad Jones Racing Ford Falcon at his disposal, once raced in the main game by touring car great, John Bowe.

“The car has come from Drew Russell in last year’s V8 Supercar Development Series - It’s been a good car but we’re still trying to get a handle on it, it’s totally different to what I’m used to,” Day said.

“I’m 18 and I’ve been racing for five years. I started in smaller events like motorkhanas and whatnot and I’ve moved up to rallying. This year is going to be a big learning curve for us because it’s totally different to the rally car I am used to.”

The Kumho Series field of 16 also includes former series champion Smerdon and fellow South Australians Ian Yeing and the returning Michael Bartsch from the Barossa Valley.

Young gun Shae Davies leads the series after the recent opening round in Sydney. He holds a four-point lead over former V8 Touring Car champion Terry Wyhoon heading into the Mallala round.

Private practice will be held on Friday with official practice on Saturday at 11.55am (local time) followed by qualifying at 3.10pm and Race 1 at 5.15pm.

Sunday’s program will feature Race 2 at 10.30am and Race 3 at 1.30pm and will be live streamed at

www.thenationals.com.au with television coverage to follow on SBS’ ‘Speedweek’ and a one-hour dedicated program on Fox Sports’ SPEED channel at a later date to be confirmed.


Michael Bartch