Kumho Tyre Australia will continue as the naming rights partner and official control tire supplier of the Australian V8 Touring Car Series for a further three years.
The expanded relationship, through to the end of the 2019 season, will see the longstanding partnership between Kumho Tyre Australia and the series for ex-V8 Supercars extend past the 10 year milestone during its duration.
Kumho Tyre and V8 Touring Car organisers will also work closely to finalise an 18″ tire specification for the series, with a view to introducing the 18″ wheels currently used in Supercar and Development Series competition into the category in 2019. Always working with a view to retaining affordability, the series has committed to running the current 17″ package through to the end of the 2018 season to allow teams to utilise existing stock.
“Kumho Tyre Australia is very excited to continue a longstanding and successful partnership with the Kumho V8 Touring Car series,” said Kumho Tyre Australia marketing coordinator, Rachael Sinai. “We have been part of the series since it was formed and have been proud to play a role in its growth into such a competitive and exciting part of the Australian Motor Sport landscape. Progressing the relationship to include the introduction of an 18″ wheel and tire package into the series is a natural evolution and follows the course taken by the Supercars Championship. We are already underway in the early development of the tire and will work closely with the series and the competitors involved to ensure the best possible package to promote great racing and keep growing the class.”
V8 Touring Cars organisers believe the ongoing Kumho Tyre partnership solidifies the position of the series within the Australian motorsport landscape.
“Kumho Tyre Australia has been with the V8 Touring Cars series since its foundation in 2008 and as the major sponsor since 2009,” added category manager Liam Curkpatrick.”We have worked closely with Kumho throughout that period to build the series to a point where it is now a regular support category on the Supercars program and has a following and fan base of its own. The series has a great mixture of young drivers, privateer runners racing classic cars and even cars running in their ‘heritage’ livery as a nod to their racing past and these are all aspects we are working to grow.
“We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the Kumho Tyre team to build the profile of the series and introduce a new, 18″ tire package for the championship within the next three years.”
The final round of the 2016 Kumho V8 Touring Car series will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park’s annual Muscle Car Masters event this weekend, between 28-30 October.