20 January 2017 | General


While still remaining eligible for outright / Kumho Cup points entrants running models up to and including Holden VX Commodore or Fords AU Falcon in the Kumho Series will be eligible for the Heritage class this year.

Heritage Class entrants will be encouraged to run their vehicles in their original livery with a trophy awarded to the best heritage livery on track next season.

Already Troy Stapleton who owns and races an ex-Dick Johnson Racing EL Falcon is working to contest all five rounds of the 2017 series for the first time.

One of the most popular additions to the Kumho Series grid last season Stapeltons Falcon runs in period Shell Helix livery and was a firm fan favorite at rounds he competed in 2016.

Meanwhile newcomer Bradley Neill has entered his VS Commodore one with a unique history.

According to Neills Commodore was built by Larry Perkins for well-known V8 privateer David Truckie Parsons in 1996.

After Parsons contested the 96 Australian Touring Car Championship the car was sold to Ballarat privateer Robert Smith whose team ran the car at Bathurst for the next two seasons.

The car has been through the hands of several since before Neill who hails from Toowoomba acquired it in early 2016. The 1996 Parsons Transport livery was re-applied to the car for its first appearance at the Muscle Car Masters in October 2016.

Andy Cantrell’s ex-Glenn Seton Racing Ford Falcon EL is another expected to join the Heritage class for selected rounds in 2017.

The Ford Credit-liveried car was the last car built by Glenn Seton Racing and was re-united with former driver Neil Crompton at last year’s Kumho series round at Queensland Raceway – the racer turned commentator filming a piece with the car for inclusion within FOX Sports’ coverage.

More addtions to the heritage class are expected prior to the opening round of the Kumho Series to be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit on April 21-23.