KUMHO SERIES TO KICK OFF AT MALLALA THIS WEEKEND
Simpsons car has undergone a transformation over the off-season being re-painted in the familiar fluro red and silver livery carried by Lowndes during its time as a TeamVodafone car.
Simpson was the form man of last season claiming a record nine race wins in a row and finishing runner-up in the final points despite missing the opening two rounds.
The team that has won the Kumho Series for the last two years Fernandez Motorsport is working on a last-minute deal to be on the grid at Mallala.
There remains a possibility that team principal Jose Fernandez himself will step behind the wheel of his ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon and make his first V8 start in seven years.
Local South Australian and two-time Mallala Kumho Series round winner Chris Smerdon is due to return to the category at Mallala in his Stone Brothers Racing-built Falcon BF after missing the second half of last season.
Dunlop Series leaders Eggleston Motorsport will make a return to the Kumho Series at Mallala with Sydney rookie Justin Ruggier in the ex-Rick Kelly Toll HSV 2006 V8 Supercars Championship-winning Commodore.
Queenslander Shane Hunt will debut his ex-Paul Radisich/Triple Eight Falcon while reigning Saloon Car Champion Simon Tabinor will start his first Kumho Series season in his ex-Brad Jones Falcon.
V8 Utes star Craig Dontas is entered to drive local team THR Motorsports ex-Greg Murphy/Superchep Auto Commodore while Sydneysider Steve Briffa has new backing from Poco Furniture and a new yellow and red livery on his ex-Paul Morris Motorsports Commodore.
Queenslander Lyle Kearns will travel south to race his sister PMM Holden though the Commodore runners are out-numbered by their Ford counterparts 9-4.
Kumho Series regulars John Vergotis Matthew Palmer and Chris Delfsma return in their respective Falcons while Matt Chahda will also return in his ex-Jason Bright Ford after competing in Sports Sedans at the Winton V8 Supercars event.
Private practice will be held on Friday at Mallala Motorsport Park with official practice for the opening round getting underway on Saturday morning.
All of the Sunday race action will be live-streamed free at www.thenationals.com.au with TV coverage to follow in upcoming weeks on SBS Speedweek and SPEED TV Australia.
Saturday April 26
2.50pm Race 1 (15 laps)
Sunday April 27
9.15am Warm Up
11.35am Race 2 (15 laps)
1.35pm Race 3 (20 laps)