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We take a look at the Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Cars from QR

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RacerViews was at the Shannons Nationals over the weekend – a true festival of racing with Australian GT, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, Formula 3, V8 Touring Cars, Manufacturers Championship, Sports Sedan and more.  We were there to cover the action and here we present our Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Cars photo wrap.

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It was a dominant performance from Ryan Simpson who took the pole and race wins

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Jim Pollicina would get involved in someone else’s accident in race 1, effectively ruining his weekend

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The older model cars still allow for a little flame here and there.

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The Series has almost taken on a historic racing quality.  Many of the more wealthy drivers run the cars in their original livery for when the cars competed in the top line V8 Supercar Series.

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The AU Falcon that saw Craig Lowndes swap from Holden to Ford over a decade ago was back on track with the Kumho V8s

The race in brief

ROOKIE Ryan Simpson has converted his second straight Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series pole position into a win in Race 1 of Round 4 at Queensland Raceway.

The Parramatta Smash Repairs Falcon driver piloted his ex-Craig Lowndes Ford to a comfortable 4.69-second victory, leading home 2012 Queensland round winner Morgan Haber and MW Motorsport team owner Matthew White in the 12-lapper.

SYDNEY young gun Ryan Simpson has clean-swept Round 4 of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series at Queensland Raceway, winning both of today’s races after taking pole position and victory in Race 1 yesterday.

The Sonic Motor Racing pilot was untouched in either of today’s two races and scored his first Kumho Series round win in just his second appearance.

His victory also means that four different drivers have won the first four rounds of the Kumho Series – the first time in the category’s six-year history that this has occurred.

“We were disappointed with how things went at Winton, so we were keen to keep the speed we had there rolling into Queensland,” said Simpson.

“It’s great to get the clean sweep, so we’d hope we can carry that to Phillip Island now and keep aiming for some more race wins.”

Despite missing the first two rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park and Mallala, Simpson has now moved to sixth in the series pointscore and claimed today’s round victory over 2012 Queensland Raceway round winner Morgan Haber.

The Mackay-based driver finished second in Race 2 earlier today, though was penalised five seconds post-race for jumping the start and thus dropped to third position behind Shae Davies.

He was able to get back in front of Davies in Race 3 after dropping the position early in the race, the pass allowing Haber to claim second for the round with Davies rounding out the podium.

Despite still not winning a round, Davies has built his series lead to 82 points after main rivals Terry Wyhoon and Tony Evangelou were involved in an accident in yesterday’s opening race.

Wyhoon clawed through the field to finish eighth and sixth in today’s two races to finish seventh overall, while Evangelou’s ex-CAT Falcon suffered clutch problems in the final race and he now has drifted 102 points behind Davies.

Toowoomba racer Nathan Assaillit rounded out a solid weekend of racing to finish a personal best fourth for the round ahead of Matt Hansen’s ex-Mark Skaife, Holden Racing Team Commodore.

The top 10 for the round was completed by Dan Day (a personal best in sixth), Wyhoon, debutante Jordan Skinner, Finance Ezi’s Maurie Pickering and Steve Briffa, who failed to finish Race 3.

Matthew White had looked a podium contender after a strong run on Saturday, though his ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon continued to be struck down by a mysterious engine problem. He finished a delayed 19th in Race 2 and elected not to start Race 3 due to the engine dramas.

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See more coverage from our Shannons Nationals weekend at Queensland Raceway

Preview with Nathan Assaillit

Interview with Australian GT driver, Klark Quinn

Interview with F3 driver, Ben Gersekowski

A hotlap experience

Our Australian GT photo gallery

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By Sam Tickell, August 2013

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