Bathurst veteran gets behind Kumho Series class-within-the-class

FURTHER emphasis will be placed on growing the Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series’ Heritage Class this year.

Inaugural series champion Chris Smerdon, who continues to race an ex-Stone Brothers Racing FG Falcon in the Kumho Series, has agreed with his business partner Mike Ryan – also a keen motorsport enthusiast – to support the class for the remainder of the season via their business, Vectra Corporation.

The award will be known as the ‘V8 Touring Car Heritage Trophy presented by Vectra Corporation’.

The Kumho Series was established in 2008 as a place for ex-V8 Supercars to continue racing and V8 Sleuth is an official series partner, its preservation of V8 Supercar racing car history giving it a direct link to the series, its cars and drivers.

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V8 Touring Cars organisers said the new sponsorship would boost the series’ prospects of drawing more cars out of garages – both this year and into the future.

“Chris has always been a great supporter of the V8 Touring Car series and we’re really pleased to be working with the Vectra Corporation to help build the Heritage class,” category manager Liam Curkpatrick said.

“There are a lot of cars in garages that rarely get used. We can offer them a great place to get on track, at great events, and do it quite affordably so they can enjoy their vehicles.

“We’re going to work closely with Vectra Corporation to make it more appealing for people to join the series and race in the Heritage Class to show off more of these fantastic, original cars to the fans around Australia.”

The Heritage class was introduced this year as a way to encourage earlier generation ex-V8 Supercars to compete in the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series.

Early-specification cars up to and including VX Holden Commodores and AU Ford Falcons are eligible for the Heritage class, with original liveries encouraged but not mandatory.

Troy Stapleton, in his ex-Dick Johnson Racing EL Falcon and Brad Neill’s ex-David Parsons VS Holden Commodore have both competed in the first two rounds, while Andy Cantrell’s ex-Glenn Seton Ford Falcon is also a series regular.

Several other cars have registered their intention to compete ahead of the remaining three rounds of the 2017 series, to be held at Queensland Raceway, Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park, respectively.

The Vectra Corporation Heritage Trophy races alongside the outright Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car series cars, with Jack Smith leading the standings following the first two rounds – rounds that have delivered two different winners.

Jordon Boys sits second in the series with Michael Anderson third – the Bathurst driver also leading the Kumho Cup class.

The next round of the V8 Touring Cars series will be held at Queensland Raceway’s Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint event on July 28-30.

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V8 Sleuth strives to both preserve and celebrate Australian motorsport’s rich history, from tracking and tracing the race-by-race histories and changing ownership of individual cars, to capturing and retelling the stories of the people who made our sport what it is today.