TEENAGER SEALS KUMHO V8 TOURING CAR CROWN AT SANDOWN
He also broke Chris Smerdons record for most round wins in a season (four) took Terry Wyhoons record for most consecutive race wins (six) and equalled Wyhoons record for the most race wins in a season (10).
â€œWe had the speed all weekend said Hunter.
â€œI came here with a strong head and we really wanted to win this championship. We had the will to do that and were really happy to get the win for the team and to wrap up the championship is awesome.
Hunter will be awarded the 2012 Kumho Series Champions Trophy at tonights awards evening in Melbourne.
Tony Evangelou was solid all weekend and finished second in all three races to run second for the round in his CAT-liveried ex-Jason Bright/Ford Performance Racing Falcon while series rookie Morgan Haber finished third for the weekend.
Haber also clinched third in the series behind Hunter and Jim Pollicina and will compete in next weekends final round of the V8 Supercar Development Series at Sydney Olympic Park.
Pollicina was the only driver capable of stopping Hunter from claiming the Kumho Series this weekend but could only muster enough speed from his ex-Jason Richards/Tasman Commodore to finish fourth overall.
Western Australian Matt Hansen finished fifth for the round in his ex-Holden Racing Team Commodore clear of Justin Garioch Bobby Jane Aaron Tebb Michael Hector and Isi Ambrosio.
Overheating problems accounting for Marcus Zukanovics ex-Garth Tander Toll HSV Dealer Team Commodore which failed to finish Race 2 and pulled into pit lane after the warm-up lap of Race 3.
Television coverage of the round will air in upcoming weeks on Speedweek on SBS and Inside SPEED on Foxs SPEED motorsport channel. A dedicated one-hour telecast of the round will also air on SPEED at a later date.
The Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will return in 2013 with the opening round at Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek on March 23-24.
KUMHO TYRES AUSTRALIAN V8 TOURING CAR SERIES
TOP 10 SERIES POINTS AFTER ROUND 6 OF 6
1. Josh Hunter (Falcon BA) 648 pts
2. Jim Pollicina (Commodore VZ) 558 pts
3. Morgan Haber (Falcon BA) 447 pts
4. Matt Hansen (Commodore VZ) 373 pts
5. Tony Evangelou (Falcon BA) 331 pts
6. Bobby Jane (Falcon BA) 297 pts
7. Justin Garioch (Falcon BA/Commodore VZ) 275 pts
8. Shane Hunt (Falcon AU) 253 pts
9. Michael Bartsch (Falcon BA) 252 pts
10. Aaron Tebb (Commodore VZ) 237 pts