Jun 13, 2015
TEENAGERS DOMINATE WINTON KUMHO V8 OPENER
18-year-old McAdam claims maiden V8 Touring Car win – 14-year-old second!
TEENAGE drivers have dominated the opening race in round two of the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series today at Winton Motor Raceway.
Eighteen-year-old Liam McAdam claimed his first Kumho Series pole position earlier today and converted it into his maiden victory in the category after leading the entire 10-lap distance.
The Queenslander also broke the existing lap record for the category consisting of ex-V8 Supercars, setting a 1m26.1393s lap on his way to victory.
Driving an ex-Holden Racing Team Commodore for reigning Kumho Series champions Eggleston Motorsport, McAdam led home another rookie teenager in 14-year-old Western Australian Alex Rullo.Rullo, driving an ex Ford Performance Racing Falcon for MW Motorsport, qualified on the front row and drove an impressive race to finish runner-up.
He is the youngest-ever V8 driver in Australian motorsport history and will celebrate his 15th birthday on Monday.
Veteran Steve Briffa finished third in his Poco Furniture-backed Commodore, the Sydney-based racer overtaking 15-year-old Jake Kostecki’s Falcon mid-race and stopping a whitewash of the top three positions by teenage drivers.
Former Kumho Series champion Tony Evangelou finished fifth after a fraught day in his ex-Jason Bright CAT Falcon. The Melbourne-based driver qualified on the front row of the grid alongside eventual winner McAdam, however his 501 Performance-run Falcon was excluded from qualifying due to entering the garage during the session – which is not permitted under category rules.
He fought his way through the field from 16th on the grid to finish fifth clear of Jim Pollicina, who started ninth of the grid after tailshaft failure in qualifying.
Kumho Series rookies Steven Devjak and Jason Heck seventh and eighth while STR Truck Bodies Falcon driver Matthew Palmer survived a touch from a spinning Chris Smerdon to finish ninth from Chris Delfsma’s Fujitsu-liveried Falcon.
The recovering Smerdon, Michael Hector (who started from pit lane), John Vergotis, Leigh Moran and Brendan Strong rounded out the field while Peter Rullo – father of race runner-up Alex – was a lap one retirement.
The Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Cars will return to the track tomorrow at Winton for Race 2 at 10.35am with a 15-lap final at 2.00pm to round out the weekend.
Both races will be streamed online, live and free, at the Shannons Nationals website – www.thenationals.com.au