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Different wheel sizes allowed in Kumho Series’ return

THE reborn V8 Touring Car Series has reunited with Kumho and will allow two different wheel sizes on its grid.

The Australian Racing Group-owned category is relaunching this year separate to Super3 which is now part of the rival Dunlop Series (also including Super2).

Featuring pre-Car of the Future Supercars, five rounds will be held, at Phillip Island, Winton, Sydney Motorsport Park, Sandown and Mount Panorama.

The category will in short be known as the Kumho Series in a throwback to pre-COVID days, the company having previously held title sponsorship from 2009 to 2019.

Kumho will also be the control tyre supplier, as is also the case this year for sister Shannons SpeedSeries category TCR Australia.

Interestingly, V8 Sleuth has learnt that both 17-inch and 18-inch tyre options will be allowed, although only one size can be used per round.

The move has been made for the convenience of competitors, those who moved with Super3 into the Dunlop Series having adopted the 18-inch size.

Action from the 2019 V8 Touring Car Series. Pic: Supplied

“Kumho were an original supporter of the category and built with V8 Touring Cars as it grew over the years, to the point where it became known simply as ‘The Kumho Series’,” said ARG chief operating officer Liam Curkpatrick.

“It’s great to be joining forces with them again to continue to move the category forward.

“Kumho have been a passionate supporter of Australian motorsport for a long time, and their role in the sport this year will be bigger than ever.

“2023 marks something of a reset for the category but it’s looking like a very strong year and that is only enhanced with Kumho onboard.

“We are looking at strong fields, potentially approaching 20 cars at some rounds, and some great racing.”

Round 1 at Phillip Island will take place across May 12-14.

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