Mar 25, 2015
PREVIEW: KUMHO V8 TOURING CAR SERIES
KUMHO TYRES V8 TOURING CARS
V8 Touring Cars are former and now deregistered V8 Supercars and only Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores, from EB to BF and VP to VZ respectively, which have a registered history with AVESCO/VESA can compete. Effectively this is the third tier of the popular touring cars behind V8 Supercars and the Development Series.
There are variations to the technical regulations to ease maintenance and running costs. The control ECU is programmed to reduce engine revs to a maximum 7000rpm and all cars must run on the Kumho 280/680R17 tyre.
V8 Touring Cars also have a gearbox class where H represents vehicles fitted with the traditional H-pattern and S is where Ford BA/BFs and Holden VZs can use the later Sequential units – with a control Camshaft.
ROUNDS + FORMAT:
Sandown, Winton (June), Queensland Raceway (August), Phillip Island (September) and Sydney Motorsport Park (November).
Each round consists of one qualifying session, two 15-minute races, one on Saturday and one Sunday morning, before concluding with a longer 25-minute outing. The latter is gridded on an aggregate point accumulation from the first two races and is worth more series points. There will also be a Pro (professional car preparers) and Privateer (owner/drivers) class.
Since the inception of the category in 2008 there has been a steady backbone of competitors such as Chris Smerdon, Tony Evangelou, John Vegotis and Chris Delfsma. There has also been a flow-through trickle of talent that have gone onto, or are going to, bigger and better things.
More recent regulars include Steve Briffa and Matt Palmer who have been knocking on the door of gaining podium places. However there is no doubt the stars are the cars. Some appear in original livery, others don’t. The common denominator is their history that is relived over the weekend.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
As the likes of Justin Ruggier, Ryan Simpson and Shae Davies came, saw, conquered and moved on, Super Six rookie of the year Jason Leoncini, Formula Ford frontrunner Liam McAdam and Sports Sedan driver Jason Heck fill their void.
Former series runner-up and renowned gun starter Jim Pollicina returns in a bid to go one better, while Michael Hector is also looking to re-join with a load of experience from the Development Series.
Entry numbers will grow with one less round on a more realistic calendar and free final round entry for competing at the four preceding it.
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