The 2014 Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series was an Australian motor racing series for V8 Touring Cars, which are de-registered and superseded former V8 Supercars. Although the series utilised cars built for V8 Supercar racing, it was not an official V8 Supercar series. It involved two classes, the S class for cars with sequential gearboxes, and the H class for cars with H-pattern gearboxes.

It was the seventh running of the V8 Touring Car National Series. The series took place on the program of Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships events. It began at Mallala Motor Sport Park on 26 April and finished at Sydney Motorsport Park on 2 November after six meetings held in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

The sequential gearbox class and the overall championship was won by rookie Justin Ruggier, in a battle with Ryan Simpson. Although Simpson won three rounds to Ruggier's two, Simpson suffered from penalties and not being allowed to compete in one race at Phillip Island due to noise restrictions. Simpson still managed to break the record for the number of wins in the category with 10 victories. Matt Chahda finished 4th in the series and clinched the title for the highest placed driver with a H-pattern gearbox.[1]

Teams and drivers

Justin Ruggier (Holden VZ Commodore placed first in the series
Ryan Simpson (Ford BF Falcon) placed second in the series
Steve Briffa (Holden VY Commodore placed fifth in the series
Simon Tabinor (Ford BF Falcon) placed eleventh in the series

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2014 Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series:

Team No Driver Class Car
Fernandez Motorsport 3 Jose Fernandez H Ford BA Falcon
Kustom Works/Supercar Parts 4 S Ford BF Falcon
Voight Contracting 5 H Holden VZ Commodore
501 Performance 6 H Ford BF Falcon
Poco Racing 8 H Holden VY Commodore
JCV Automotive 12 H Ford BA Falcon
selby.com.au 14 S Ford BF Falcon
Enviropress 16 H Holden VX Commodore
Falcon Spares/Engine Master 18 Matt Chahda H Ford BA Falcon
Century 21 Haselbrook 21 Matt Chahda H Ford BA Falcon
STR Truck Bodies 24 S Ford BF Falcon
Drew Russell
48
MW Motorsport 26 Matthew White S Ford BF Falcon
28
Haymans Electrical 31 H Ford AU Falcon
Eggleston Motorsport 38 Cameron McConville S Holden VZ Commodore
54
Vectra Corp/Lubrimaxx 39 S Ford BA Falcon
THR Motorsport 51 H Holden VZ Commodore
ADG Engineering 57 H Holden VZ Commodore
G&D Strong Excavations 75 H Holden VZ Commodore
Parramatta Smash Repairs 88 S Ford BF Falcon

Calendar

The series was contested over six rounds.

Rd. Circuit Location Date Winner
1 Mallala Motor Sport Park Mallala, South Australia 25–27 April Ryan Simpson
2 Winton Motor Raceway Benalla, Victoria 13–15 June Ryan Simpson
3 Queensland Raceway Ipswich, Queensland 8–10 August Ryan Simpson
4 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria 19–21 September Cameron McConville
5 Wakefield Park Goulburn, New South Wales 17–10 October Justin Ruggier
6 Sydney Motorsport Park Sydney, New South Wales 31 October-2 November Justin Ruggier

Points system

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th
Qualifying 3
Races 1 & 2 40 35 31 27 23 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Races 3 60 53 47 41 35 30 26 23 20 17 15 14 12 11 9 8 6 5 3 2

Series results

Position [2] Driver [2] Car Class [2] Total points [2]
1 Justin Ruggier Holden VZ Commodore S 763
2 Ryan Simpson Ford BF Falcon S 709
3 Matthew Palmer Ford BF Falcon S 488
4 Matt Chahda Ford BA Falcon H 447
5 Steve Briffa Holden VY Commodore H 418
6 Drew Russell Ford BF Falcon S 227
7 John Vergotis Ford BA Falcon S 226
8 Chris Delfsma Ford BA Falcon H 137
9 Cameron McConville Holden VZ Commodore S 133
10 Brendan Strong Holden VZ Commodore H 127
11 Simon Tabinor Ford BF Falcon S 114
12 Shane Hunt Ford BF Falcon S 106
13 Chris Smerdon Ford BA Falcon S 99
14 Aaron Tebb Holden VZ Commodore H 71
15 Ryan Cochrane Ford BF Falcon S 66
16 Darrin Renouf Holden VX Commodore H 57
17 Jose Fernandez Ford BA Falcon H 55
18 Gerard McLeod Ford BF Falcon S 52
19 Craig Dontas Holden VZ Commodore H 51
20 Lyle Kearns Holden VZ Commodore H 24
21 Tony Evangelou Ford BF Falcon H 0
22 Ramon Connell Ford AU Falcon H 0

References

  1. ^ "RUGGIER CROWNED KUMHO V8 CHAMPION IN SYDNEY FINALE". V8 Touring Cars. Retrieved 2014-11-29.
  2. ^ a b c d "2014 Australian V8 Touring Car Series Series Results" (PDF). Kumho Tires Australian V8 Touring Car Series. Retrieved 2014-11-29.