Sep 16, 2014

Blue Mountains racer John Vergotis typifies ‘privateer’ V8 racing spirit

WHEN the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series made its debut at Mallala Motorsport Park back in 2008, John Vergotis was part of the tiny four-car grid.

Fast-forward six years and the Katoomba workshop proprietor is one of the backbone competitors in the series, which caters for ex-Falcons and Commodores no longer eligible for the V8 Supercar Development Series.

Vergotis is one of the most experienced Kumho Series drivers in the field and typifies the traditional ‘privateer’ label, preparing and racing his own car at meetings all over the country.

This weekend he will compete in round four of the 2014 series at Phillip Island and tie Western Australian Matt Hansen for second on the all-time Kumho Series starts list with 21 round appearances, four short of record holder Chris Smerdon.


Welcome to the Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series Website

KUMHO TYRES AUSTRALIAN V8 TOURING CAR SERIES - This touring car category gives the perfect place for ex-V8 Supercars to continue their long and successful lives after they finish in the V8 Supercars Championship and Development Series.

Run to the same technical platform, the category is ideal for young drivers wanting a taste of V8s or veterans and businessmen racers with the passion for these cars, many of which are run in the same colours as carried by some of the biggest stars in V8 Supercar racing.

Every car in the field has significant history and, with a strong TV package and increasing numbers since its inception in 2008, the V8 Touring Car category is continuing to grow and gain momentum.

Ryan Simpson - Winner, Round 3 Queensland