The Shannon’s Nationals
October 13/14 2012
*v8 Touring Cars
V8 Heritage Round for Wakefield Shannons Nationals.
V8 Touring Car heritage round will debut at Wakefield Park
KUMHO Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series organisers have announced plans for a ‘Heritage Round’ concept for later in the 2012 season.
The category will host original ex-V8 Supercars spanning the last two decades of the popular Aussie racing category at the Shannons Nationals round at Wakefield Park on October 12-14 – the weekend after the famous Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
The event will not be a round of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series, but will be open to eligible ex-V8 Supercars.
Competitors will be encouraged to present their cars in original liveries as carried by their car’s original driver/team, with older model Commodores (VP, VR, VS, VT, VX) and Falcons (EB, EF, EL, AU) all eligible.
The current generation of cars eligible for the Kumho Series – the Falcon BA and Commodore VY/VZ – will not be eligible for the Wakefield Park event.
Cars will not be required to run completely to the V8 Touring Car rulebook, with special dispensation available to those that perhaps do not quite meet the category regulations.
Kumho Series Commercial Manager Rob Curkpatrick says the event is meant to be fun with a semi-historic flavour.
“Some of the older model cars that are simply not now competitive in the Kumho Series and this gives their owners somewhere to run them with vigour,” he says.
“We also know there are quite a few cars around the country that have been restored to their original colour schemes but they don’t have anywhere to run, apart from private practice days.
“This ‘Heritage Round’ gives them the perfect place to bring them out, have a run at speed on the track and enjoy their cars, giving the fans a chance to relive some V8 Supercar memories.
“There is enough history over 20 cars of the five-litre formula that many of the older cars are being restored and revived. We’d love to get as many of them involved as possible.”
Series organisers are open to the concept of sharing the Heritage Round between different circuits in future years to allow car owners in different states a chance to show off their V8 Supercar ‘pride and joy’.