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Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Cars

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Apr 14, 2014

Justin Ruggier to jump from iRacing online to real-life V8 Touring Car racing

MELBOURNE-BASED Eggleston Motorsport has confirmed Sydney-based driver Justin Ruggier as part of its 2014 Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series program.

Ruggier will drive a well-known ex-HSV Dealer Team Commodore VZ in the series for ex-V8 Supercars, which begins next weekend at Mallala in South Australia.

His new car was used by Rick Kelly to win the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship and also finished runner-up at that year’s Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 with brother Todd co-driving.

Apr 9, 2014


Porsche Carrera Cup Champion to dovetail role with racing program

FIVE-TIME Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Champion Craig Baird has been confirmed in the role of Driving Standards Observer for the 2014 Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series.

The Gold Coast-based New Zealander will dovetail the role with the DSO position for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, which also competes on the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals program.

Baird, a veteran of 19 Bathurst 1000 starts and 87 V8 Supercars Championship event appearances, takes over the role from Cameron McConville.

Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Standings
1st Shae Davies 0

2nd Ryan Simpson 0

3rd Terry Wyhoon 0

4th Tony Evangelou 0

5th Matt Hanson 0

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The 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 2014, it is sure to be a memorable year, and the champion at seasons end, will have earned their title.

Overview

CARS:

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

PERFORMANCE:

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.

PAST CHAMPIONS:

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)

V8TC Record Book here



2014 EVENTS:

Round 1        25-27 April                 Mallala Motorsport Park

Round 2        13-15 June                Winton Raceway

Round 3        8-10 August               Queensland Raceway

Round 4        19-21 September     Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Round 5         17-19 October          Wakefield Park

Round 6        31 Oct -2 Nov             Sydney Motorsport Park

 

Series Points
2013 series points

www.v8touringcars.com.au

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