Kumho V8s confirms 18 car Sandown entry

Kumho V8 Touring Cars are set for another strong season

Kumho V8 Touring Cars are set for another strong season

The Kumho V8 Touring Car Series has confirmed an 18 car grid for the opening round of the season at Sandown next weekend.

The third tier V8 Supercar category will once again see a field of youth and experience do battle over five rounds, featuring visits to Sandown, Winton, Queensland Raceway, Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park.

This year the Shannons Nationals category has opened up the regulations to allow the VE Commodore and the FG Falcon to compete of which there are nine listed on the Sandown entry list.

Brad Jones Racing is among the teams to take advantage of the changes as it enters the championship for the first time, with an ex-Jason Bright and ex-Andrew Jones VE Commodore for karter Josh Smith.

Dunlop Series squad MW Motorsport returns to the series with the operation fielding a VE Commodore for its second-tier driver Bryce Fullwood.

Fellow Dunlop Series runner and former V8 Supercars regular Taz Douglas also joins the grid in a THR Developments VE Commodore.

Inaugural series winner Chris Smerdon will bolster the field with a Stone Brothers Racing-built FG Falcon which saw action in the Dunlop Series last year courtesy of Todd Hazelwood.

Eggleston Motorsport, which guided Liam McAdam to the title last year, and RSport Engineering have both lodged entries but are yet to confirm drivers.

Likewise Image Racing is yet to reveal the identity of its second driver to partner Leigh Moran in a BF Falcon.

Meanwhile, historic racer Michael Anderson will jump behind the wheel of the ex-MW Motorsport and Ford Performance Racing BF Falcon Alex Rullo piloted to second in the series last year.

Also stepping up to the category this year is ex-Saloon Car racer David Wright as he takes over a former Jason Bright Falcon previously raced by Tony Evangelou.

Kumho V8 Touring Car Series Entry List

1 5 Haymans Virginia/JCH Electrical Priv Jason Heck Qld Ford Falcon BF 5000
2 6 501 Performance Pro David Wright Vic Ford Falcon BF 5000
3 7 MoComm Motorsports Communications Priv Jim Pollicina NSW Commodore VE 5000
4 8 Poco/Simons Earthworks Priv Steve Briffa NSW Commodore VZ 5000
5 11 Kenwood Homes Priv Michael Anderson NSW Ford Falcon BF 5000
6 14 Brad Jones Racing Pro Joshua Smith QLD Commodore VE ll 5000
7 15 Rsport Race Engineering Pro TBA Commodore VE 5000
8 16 Image Racing/Lubrimaxx Pro Leigh Moran VIC Ford Falcon BA 5000
9 25 Savs Auto Electric/Westco Equip/United Racing Priv Sam Morabito WA Commodore VE 5000
10 37 Tempest Solutions Air & Mechanical Priv Anthony Loscialpo NSW Commodore VE 5000
11 38 Eggleston Motorsport Pro TBA Commodore VZ 5000
12 39 Vectra Corp/Lubrimaxx Pro Chris Smerdon SA Ford Falcon FG 5000
13 45 SA Racing Logistics/THR Developments Pro Taz Douglas VIC Commodore VE 5000
14 49 Image Racing/Lubrimaxx Pro TBA Ford Falcon BF 5000
15 26 MW Motorsport Pro Bryce Fullwood NT Commodore VE 5000
16 66 Unichip Dynomotive Pro Jack Sipp QLD Commodore VE 5000
17 75 Strong Excavations/ Kirra Automotics Priv Brendan Strong NSW Commodore VZ 5000
18 88 WARLORD Priv Simon Emerzidis NSW Commodore VZ 5000


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