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Jim Beam Falcon makes Kumho Series return

AN ex-Dick Johnson Racing Jim Beam Falcon has made its return to the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series in the hands of long-time owner Jason Foley.

Foley and the BF Falcon were a semi-regular combination in the Kumho Series prior to the category’s three-year hiatus, which ended last month at Phillip Island.

He acquired the Ford Supercar in 2017, 13 years after Steven Johnson and Warren Luff drove it to third place in the Sandown 500.

It was then in BA specification but was upgraded to a BF – which it remains to this day – ahead of the 2007 season.

Later that year, the car powered Johnson and Will Davison to the Bathurst 1000 podium, and the former backed that up with a third-place finish in Bahrain.

Steven Johnson and Will Davison at the 2007 Bathurst 1000. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley

After 149 races as DJR’s #17 entry, its final main game start came as the team’s #18 at Albert Park in 2009, when a spare car was required for James Courtney following an Adelaide crash.

DJR continued to run the car that year but in Super2 for Grant Denyer, who claimed a pair of race wins along the way.

It was almost eight full years before the car raced again, when Foley tackled the 2017 Sydney Motorsport Park round of the Kumho Series.

It’s one of five Falcon Supercars racing this weekend in Round 2 of the 2023 Kumho Series at Winton.

The car was redeployed in the main game as a one-off for James Courtney at Albert Park in 2009. Pic: an1images.com / Scott Wensley
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