The Kumho V8 Touring Car Series continues to grow, with confirmation of two new entries for the 2012 season.
Having recently purchased the Steve Ellery Racing built Ford Falcon BA that finished third in the 2003 Bathurst 1000, Queenslander Maurie Pickering is currently preparing for his first assault on the series.
The former Sports Sedans, Formula Ford and Group A touring car driver is expected to receive tutelage from Jim Beam Racing’s Steven Johnson throughout the season.
The Falcon, to be raced in Finance Ezi colours, is currently undergoing a freshen-up at Paul Morris Motorsports in Queensland, having last raced in the Fujitsu Series at the 2009 Sydney Telstra 500 (with Hayden Pullen at the wheel).
South Australian Ian Yeing will be another new name on the grid this year, driving an ex-Tom Walkinshaw Racing Holden Commodore VZ.
Yeing’s car is being prepared for the series in South Australia by THR, and is best remembered for its 2002 Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 campaign, where it was handed a five-minute penalty for a pitlane fuel spill while being raced by Greg Murphy and Todd Kelly.
In other Kumho V8 Touring Car Series news, 2010 series winner Tony Evangelou will make a full-time return to the class in 2012, having been absent for the majority of last season. Evangelou will race an ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon BA.
The Kumho V8 Touring Car Series will once again be a part of the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils in 2012, which kicks off at Eastern Creek on March 9-11.