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Jul 31, 2013

SERIES BATTLE TO HEAT UP IN IPSWICH

Just 19 points separates top three drivers in Kumho V8 Touring Car Series

THE fight for the 2013 Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will intensify at Queensland Raceway this weekend with just 19 points separating the top three drivers at the halfway mark of the six-round season.

Queensland young gun Shae Davies leads former Kumho Series champion Terry Wyhoon by just eight points heading into the weekend, with last start winner Tony Evangelou third, another 11 points behind.

Davies, driving an ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon for Fernandez Motorsport, has won three races this season but is yet to rack up a round win.

On the other hand, his main title challengers have won the last two rounds – Wyhoon at Mallala and Evangelou at Winton.

Coming just one week after the V8 Supercars Championship event – and its supporting Development Series – at the circuit, a range of drivers will have the benefit of very recent race experience at the 3.12-kilometre layout.

The drivers that claimed the race victories in last year’s Kumho Series round at Queensland Raceway – Morgan Haber (who went on to win the round) and Jim Pollicina - both competed last weekend in the V8 Supercar Development Series, meaning they will be sharp and ready for this weekend.

A total of 21 cars have entered for the Queensland Raceway round, including the return of Finance Ezi driver Maurie Pickering, who will make his first Kumho Series appearance since the opening round at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Two drivers will also make their Kumho Series debuts this weekend. Ramon Connell will race an ex-Cameron McLean/Greenfield Mowers Falcon AU and BMW production car driver Peter O’Donnell is entered in the ex-Chris Delfsma, ex-Craig Bastian Falcon AU.

Stephen Voight will make his first Kumho Series start since 2011 in Terry Wyhoon’s ex-Russell Ingall Falcon, while Western Australian Dean Kovacevich will make his first start of the year in the ex-Perkins Commodore he shares with Isi Ambrosio.Sydney Motorsport Park round winner Justin Garioch is a late scratching. He was due to drive the THR Developments, ex-Team Dynamik Commodore but has withdrawn due to work commitments.

Action starts at Queensland Raceway on Friday with official practice at 3.20pm followed by a warm-up at 8.15am on Saturday followed by qualifying at 9.50am and Race 1 (over 12 laps) at 4.05pm.

The round will be completed on Sunday with Race 2 at 8.55am (also over 12 laps) with the final Race 3 run over a longer 18-lap distance starting at 12.20pm.

The round will be live streamed on Sunday 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.

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