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May 30, 2013

HUNT UPGRADES TO EX-TRIPLE EIGHT FALCON FOR KUMHO SERIES

Queenslander secures ex-Paul Radisich machine for series return

SHANE Hunt is the latest driver to upgrade for the 2013 Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series, confirming the purchase of a Triple Eight Race Engineering-built Falcon BF.

Hunt, who has been racing an ex-Brad Jones Racing AU Falcon in the series for ex-V8 Supercars, has decided to make the step up into a newer machine and will return to the race track later this season.

The car is the second constructed by Triple Eight Race Engineering after its purchase of John Briggs Motor Sport, racing in the hands of Paul Radisich in the 2004 V8 Supercars Championship as the #88 Team Betta Electrical entry.

The car finished on the podium in the Kiwi’s last drive with the team at Eastern Creek that season.

It was used by Steve Ellery in 2005 for a handful of events and then competed in the V8 Supercar Development Series with Howard Racing from 2006 to 2009.

Karl Reindler drove it in 2008 to win the Mike Kable Young Gun Award, while David Russell drove it to third in the 2009 DVS and victory in the Privateer’s Cup.

Current Development Series points leader Ash Walsh last raced it in 2011 for Miles Racing, though its return to the track will not come until later this season.

“The next round at Winton is a little bit too close with the workload my business currently has,” Hunt said.

“But we will definitely be on the grid for the round after that at Queensland Raceway (August 3-4), which is my local track.

“After so long running the older model car, it will be nice to get into a newer car and see what we can do.”

Hunt’s previous Falcon AU remains for sale – it’s the car that finished runner-up in the 2001 Bathurst 1000 in the hands of Brad Jones and Scot John Cleland.

The next round of the Kumho Series is round three of 2013 and will be at Winton on June 22-23.