REIGNING Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series Champions Eggleston Motorsport hasconfirmed the signing of Formula Ford driver Liam McAdam for the 2015 series.

The 17-year-old Queenslander finished seventh in last year’s Australian Formula Ford Series and will pilot the team’s #38 ex-Garth Tander, Toll HSV Commodore VZ.

The same car won the Phillip Island round of last year’s Kumho Series in the hands of Cameron McConville for EMS.

“This is a big opportunity and there’s no better team to be with in this category than the reigning champions,” says McAdam, who completed an evaluation test day with EMS at Phillip Island late last year.

“This year is all about learning how to drive these cars properly and progress as I become more comfortable with them.”

Eggleston Motorsport Team Principal Rachael Wagg says the team was pleasantly surprised how fast McAdam was at his initial evaluation day last December.

“He has a great attitude towards his driving and, while he’s only 17 years old, he listens, learns, asks good questions and has a really good head on his shoulder for someone his age,” she says.

“He is serious about a career in the sport and is going the right way in and out of the car. I think he has the makings of a very successful V8 Supercar driver if he follows the right path and absorbs as much as he can during this next 12 months.”

McAdam will make his V8 Touring Car debut in the opening round of the Kumho Series at Sandown in Melbourne on March 27-29.

The round is the first of five to be held in 2015 with events at Winton, Queensland Raceway, Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park to follow.

The Kumho Series is run for ex-V8 Supercars no longer eligible for the V8 Supercar Development Series.

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