The Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series
THE KUMHO TYRE Australian V8 Touring Car Heritage Class could be set for a big season in 2017, at least if early interest is anything to go by.
While still remaining eligible for outright / Kumho Cup points, entrants running models up to and including Holden VX Commodore or Ford’s AU Falcon in the Kumho Series will be eligible for the Heritage class this year.
ANOTHER young gun will have their opportunity to shine in the 2017 Kumho V8 Touring Car Series.The Kumho Katapult, a new young driver development initiative, will see the leading driver in the Formula A Australia series after the first three rounds win a sponsored drive in a round of the 2017 Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series – the unofficial ‘third tier’ of Supercar competition.
A NEW class structure will add further spice to the already exciting 2017 Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series.
Moving away from the existing Pro / Privateer Structure, a new three-tiered arrangement will better categorise the field based not only on performance but also on the age of the vehicle entered.
THE 2017 KUMHO Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car series will compete at three Virgin Australia Supercars events in 2017, as part of a five-round calendar announced today.
The 2017 season will kick off at the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint on April 21-23, joining the Supercars at the historic Victorian venue for the first time.
JACOBSON BREAKS WINNING STREAK IN KUMHO OPENER
Starting from pole on his Kumho series debut, Jacobson – who also currently sits second in the Supercars development series – was never headed in his MW Motorsport BF Falcon, leading all 10-laps to score his first Kumho series win.
Jacobson, who set a new Phillip Island lap record for the Kumho Series today, also won two of the three DVS races held at the circuit earlier this year.
Held in conditions that started damp but ended dry, the championship battle also changed complexion today as Douglas was relegated to fourth following a spin during a frenetic three-way fight with his nearest rivals in the points battle.
Having started fourth, Douglas ran second on the opening few laps however was passed by Tyler Greenbury on lap three.
Josh Smith then attacked the THR Developments Commodore at MG later on the same lap, Douglas spinning to the outside of the circuit following contact between the two Commodores.
The contact was investigated by race officials who deemed it to be a racing incident – with no penalty awarded.
Douglas ultimately rebounded to fourth place, behind Greenbury and Smith, however surrendered points in the championship battle heading into tomorrow’s two races that will complete the round.
Jim Pollicina continued his strong form to extend his lead in the Privateer’s Cup, after early leader Steve Briffa ran his poco.com.au Commodore off the road at Honda Hairpin early in the race.
Briffa had earlier qualified his VZ Commodore in fifth position and held the same position before running off the road in the tricky conditions.
Chris Smerdon (6th), Jack Sipp, Simon Emerzidis, Warren Millett and Troy Stapleton completed the top-10.
A gearbox failure later ruled the poco.com.au Commodore out of the race with the team racing to source a replacement prior to race two on Sunday morning.
Michael Anderson also failed to finish, black flagged by circuit officials after exceeding the circuit’s maximum allowable noise levels.
Earlier, Jacobson stormed to a commanding pole position, taking the top spot on the grid a full second in front of Greenbury. Josh Smith was third, Taz Douglas fourth and Steve Briffa fifth.
Jim Pollicina, Michael Anderson, Chris Smerdon, Jack Sipp and Simon Emerzidis completed the top 10.
A further two races will compete the round tomorrow, both to be streamed live via Nationals TV and the MotorsportsTV app.