Kumho V8s to open season with 22-car field
A 22-car field is set to take to Phillip Island for Round 1 of the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Cars series this weekend.
Last year’s series winner Jack Smith continues to race in both the Dunlop Super2 Series and the unofficial third tier of Supercars, though he has not yet confirmed if he will enter all rounds of V8 Touring Cars in 2018.
Brad Jones Racing fields Smith in both Super2 and V8 Touring Cars, with Image Racing, Matt Stone Racing, and now MW Motorsport again spread across the two series.
MWM’s two FG Falcons will both be driven by ex-Formula 4 drivers, namely Tyler Everingham and Zak Best, the former of whom was a race winner in the open-wheeler category at Phillip Island last year.
Image will run ex-Stone Brothers Racing FG Falcons for Mathew Radisich, nephew of Paul, in an ex-Tim Slade car and 18-year-old Jacob Bell in an ex-Shane van Gisbergen car.
Bradley Neill will step up from a Heritage class VS Commodore to an MSR FG Falcon in Kumho Cup, where he will be a stablemate to Chris Smerdon.
Familiar faces to the series include Michael Anderson, Geoff Emery, Jon McCorkindale, and Jim Pollicina, while three-time V8 Utes series winner Ryal Harris will make his V8 Touring Cars debut.
Action starts with two practice sessions on Friday at the WD-40 Phillip Island 500.
Entry list: Round 1, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
|2||Page Bros, Jayco||Steven Page||Commodore VE II||Kumho Cup|
|3||Kustom Workz/Supercar Parts & Sales||Shane Hunt||Ford Falcon BF||Kumho Cup|
|4||Rightway Industrial||Tony Auddino||Ford Falcon BF||Kumho Cup|
|7||Mocomm Motorsports Communications||Jim Pollicina||Commodore VE||Kumho Cup|
|8||Micro Auto Filters/Direct Auto Spares||Mathew Radisich||Ford Falcon FG||Championship|
|9||Neill Motorsport||Bradley Neill||Ford Falcon FG||Kumho Cup|
|11||Kenwood Homes||Michael Anderson||Ford Falcon FG||Championship|
|15||Elevated Solutions/Jacob Bell Motorsport||Jacob Bell||Ford Falcon FG||Championship|
|21||Brad Jones Racing/SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Commodore VE II||Championship|
|27||MW Motorsport||Tyler Everingham||Ford Falcon FG||Championship|
|39||Vectra Corp||Chris Smerdon||Ford Falcon FG||Kumho Cup|
|41||Dial Before You Dig Racing||Mark Primmer||Ford Falcon BF||Kumho Cup|
|56||Coe Property Group||Stephen Coe||Commodore VE||Kumho Cup|
|69||Dial Before You Dig/Mac Motorsport||Jon McCorkindale||Ford Falcon BF||Championship|
|75||B Strong Electrical||Brendan Strong||Commodore VE II||Kumho Cup|
|76||Brownes Chill||Garry Hills||Commodore VE II||Kumho Cup|
|77||Protrack Automotive Performance||Gary Collins||Commodore VE II||Kumho Cup|
|78||MW Motorsport||Zak Best||Ford Falcon FG||Championship|
|88||WakeUp! Side Bar||Warren Millett||Commodore VZ||Kumho Cup|
|96||Aussie Driver Search/EFS 4×4 Accessories||Ryal Harris||Ford Falcon FG||Championship|
|111||Custom Garage||Andy Cantrell||Ford Falcon EL||Heritage|
|888||Emery Motorsport/Solair World||Geoff Emery||Commodore VE||Championship|