The Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series was established in 2008.
Initially it was designed to provide a competition for cars no longer able to compete in the Super2 Series (Development Series) – but since then it has become so much more than that.
Not only has the category become a happy home for many ex-Supercars, but it’s also attracted a range of historically significant race cars that fans identify with from their various successes in the hands of some of the sport’s great drivers and teams.
Many teams and drivers have taken things a step further and returned their cars to ‘period’ liveries, adding another unique element to the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series and making it an on-track celebration of a successful 20 year period of Australian touring car racing.
The Kumho V8 Touring Car Series has also become the perfect category for young drivers looking to learn the unique five-litre, rear-wheel-drive, 600 horsepower beasts ahead of possibly advancing their careers into the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
But the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series is not only about young drivers – there’s a wide cross section of backgrounds from businessmen with a long-held desire to drive one of these cars through to experienced racers keen to compete in a national series.
The category has continued to grow and is an un officially third-tier of Supercar competition.
The category is subject to strict technical requirements, and has been approved as an official CAMS-sanctioned National Series. CAMS appointed stewards; a technical director and full national level medical resources are present at each event.
Four important points underpin the category;
- In relative terms, minimisation of the cost of running and maintaining the cars.
- Providing a ‘place to race’ in a relaxed but safe and well managed environment.
- Maintaining a close working relationship with Supercars, CAMS and Kumho Tyres.
- Maintaining a controlled category with pro-active technical compliance.
The category remains independently managed by experienced administrator Liam Curkpatrick and provides the following:
- Organises and promotes the Series in conjunction with the event promoters
- Sponsorship and media coverage for the Series.
- A sound financial base for the Series.
- Competent administrative services to competitors.
- Compliance with all CAMS requirements.
- Ensures that the Technical and Sporting Regulations are strictly adhered to.