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Aug 4, 2014

KUMHO SERIES TO CELEBRATE 100th RACE IN QUEENSLAND

V8 Touring Car category reaches milestone at Ipswich circuit as points leader Ryan Simpson chases his own winning record

THE Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will celebrate a major milestone - its 100th race - at the next round at Queensland Raceway on August 9-10.

The category, which first debuted with the Shannons Nationals back in 2008, has become a banner-head part of the multi-category Shannons-backed rounds.

Queensland Raceway will be the third round of the 2014 series and 34th held in the category’s history. The first race held on Saturday afternoon (August 9) will bring up the ‘100’ milestone.

In recent seasons it has acted as a proving ground for young drivers who have graduated onto V8 Supercar ranks.

It’s also provided a home for older model Falcon and Commodore race cars no longer eligible for V8 Supercar competition in either the main championship or development category.

“The 100 race milestone has come up very quickly and actually caught many of us by surprise,” says category administrator Rob Curkpatrick.

“In that time we’ve seen some really good racing and helped springboard some young drivers onwards and upwards in V8 racing while at the same time extending the racing history of some great cars.”

Series leader Ryan Simpson is aiming to create some history of his own at Queensland Raceway as he aims for an unprecedented sixth consecutive round victory.

Driving a Falcon raced by Craig Lowndes in 2008, Simpson has been unbeaten over a round since last year’s corresponding round in Queensland and has claimed 15 of the last 16 races in the series.

He is also aiming to continue his 100 percent strike rate of pole positions having claimed six from the six rounds in which he has competed since debuting at Winton in 2013.

The Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series cars will have private practice at Queensland Raceway on Friday August 8 before official practice, qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday August 9 and the remaining two races on Sunday August 10.