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Oct 18, 2013

KUMHO TYRES EXTENDS DEAL WITH V8 TOURING CAR NATIONAL SERIES

V8 Touring Car Series organisers today confirmed Kumho Tyres as control tyre supplier to the national-level category for ex-V8 Supercars until at least 2016.

The Korean tyre manufacturer has extended its contract in a new deal that will see it supply tyres over the next three seasons.

Kumho has supplied tyres to the series since it began in 2008 and will continue to provide on-track support at all rounds to competitors.

V8 Touring Car category Commercial Manager Rob Curkpatrick says the new deal is a win-win for the series and competitors.

"Kumho have been long-time supporters of what we have been trying to do with the V8 Touring Car category," he says.

"They've constantly listened to competitor feedback and worked hard to test and improve their product.

"We've had interest from other tyre companies under the tender process, though Kumho again had the best balance of price structure, performance and support."

Curkpatrick also confirmed the Kumho Series will continue to use 17-inch tyres, rather than move to 18-inch tyres as per other categories.

"We're really proud of our involvement with the V8 Touring Car Series and have taken great delight in watching it grow into effectively an unofficial third-tier of V8 Supercar racing," said Kumho Tyres Australia national marketing and training manager, David Basha.

"The blend of young emerging drivers coupled with some experienced veterans and the traditional Commodore and Falcon fight makes for an exciting mix. And the fact they are plying their trade on Kumho Tyres is ever better."

The Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will shortly announce its six-round calendar for the 2014 season.

This year's final round will be held at Sandown in Melbourne on November 16-17.