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Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Cars

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Feb 17, 2015

Jason Leoncini steps up from Super Six Touring Cars with THR Developments

ADELAIDE-based THR Developments will return to the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series this season.

The squad has previously campaigned multiple cars in the series for ex-V8 Supercars, though withdrew after last year’s opening round at Mallala.

2014 Super Six Touring Car Division Two Champion Jason Leoncini has signed with the team to drive its #45 Commodore VZ in the V8 Touring Car category.

Feb 3, 2015

Combining V8 Touring Car program with Manufacturers Championship

FORMER Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series runner-up Jim Pollicina is returning to the category for the 2015 season.

Pollicina has registered for the season in his ex-Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ formerly raced by the late Kiwi in V8 Supercars in 2006.

Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Standings
1st Justin Ruggier 763

2nd Ryan Simpson 709

3rd Matthew Palmer 488

4th Matt Chahda 447

5th Steve Briffa 418


The Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car (AV8TC) Series grew from the seed of an idea that the AU Falcon and VT/VX Commodore V8 Supercars were to become ineligible to compete in the V8 Supercar Development Series. With so many 'de-registered' cars looking for a place to race, the V8TC Series was created in 2008.

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Not only does the series provide a home for 'retired' and/or historically significant V8 Supercars, it enables teams/drivers to continue to race these iconic and exciting race cars, and just as importantly, it opens up another entry point for young drivers looking to forge a career in Australia's most popular category of racing.

The category is subject to strict technical requirements, although the cars ostensibly conform to the same V8 Supercar regulations to which they were built, the main differences being an engine rev reduction from 7500 to 7000rpm, and the addition of Kumho Tyres. The series has also 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.

This season will reveal the true value of the category, with not just formerly retired cars making an appearance, but drivers new to Nationals level motorsport, and new to V8 Touring Cars. Already it appears that the basis of the success of the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series is two-fold; one - to provide drivers who always wanted to be a V8 Supercar pilot but didn't have the time nor the resources, an opportunity to fulfill their dreams, and two - to provide young upcoming drivers who still harbor dreams (and have time on their hands) to become professional Supercar pilots a chance to learn their trade in the cut and thrust of Touring Car action.

Whatever happens in 2015, it is sure to be a memorable year, and the champion at seasons end, will have earned their title.



Discontinued models from the V8 Supercar Championship Series; AU/BA Ford Falcons, and VT/VX/VY/VZ model Holden Commodores.


They may be considered outdated 'main game' V8 Supercars (which is heritage of all the cars in the field), but at just on a second off the pace of the leading Development Series cars (many of whom would comfortably make the grid in the Championship Series), these cars are by no means 'retired'.
Powerplants are as they were in V8 Supercars, however to keep costs down, revs are restricted to 7000rpm. The 5.0-lite Windsor (Ford) or small block Chevrolet (Holden) powerplants still produce up to and over 600bhp.


2008: Chris Smerdon
(AU Falcon)
2009: Adam Wallis
(VX Commodore)
2010: Tony Evangelou
(BA Falcon)
2011: Terry Wyhoon
(BA Falcon)
2012: Josh Hunter
(BA Falcon)
2013: Shae Davies
(BA Falson)
2014: Justin Ruggier
(VZ Commodore)

V8TC Record Book Here

2015 EVENTS:

Round 1        27-29 March              Sandown Raceway

Round 2        12-14 June                Winton Raceway

Round 3        7-9 August                 Queensland Raceway

Round 4        18-20 September     Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Round 5         13-15 November      Sydney Motorsport Park

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