Ex-Stone Bros Falcon joins Kumho V8 Series

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Thursday 10th February, 2011 - 1:03pm

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Russell Ingall took SBR BA02 to second in the 2004 Championship Series

Russell Ingall took SBR BA02 to second in the 2004 Championship Series

Terry Wyhoon’s Image Racing is set to run three cars in the 2011 Kumho Tyres Touring Car Series after taking delivery of an ex-Stone Brothers Racing Falcon.

The car, codenamed SBR BA1, was originally built as Russell Ingall’s first Ford V8 Supercar.

Ingall raced the car for two seasons, finishing second in the 2004 Sandown 500 and Championship Series.

BA1 has also finished second in the Development Series with current Championship drivers Warren Luff (2005) and Michael Caruso (2007).

Wyhoon’s ex-Larkham Motor Sport BA Falcon will now be driven by Newcastle-based businessman Michael Hector, while Mark Sheppard continues with the team, stepping into an ex-Brad Jones Racing BA.

“We’re really excited about this year’s Kuhmo Series,” Wyhoon told Speedcafe.com.au.

“It’s always good to have a new car. We’ll be testing it for the first time in a couple of weeks – I can’t wait to get in it.

“We thought it was important to put Michael in the known product. We won races in the ex-Larkham car last year, and it’s got a really good Stone Brothers engine onboard.

“Mark has done a bit of racing with us now, so it’ll be a good three-car team environment for Michael to work in.”

With series organisers expecting 20 car fields this season, Wyhoon is looking forward to increased competition in the category.

“I reckon the series is going to be good this year, it’s going to be competitive and if we can get close to 20 cars it’ll be terrific,” he said.

“I raced in four of the five rounds last year, and while we didn’t have a very big field in the opening two rounds, it grew very quickly after that.”

The 2011 Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series kicks off with the Shannons Nationals at Wakefield Park on March 1-3.

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