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
|ENTRIES||CAR #||SPONSOR/TEAM NAME||CLASS||DRIVER NAME||STATE||VEHICLE||CC|
|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|