Michael Anderson impresses in Kumho V8 Touring Car Series

Bathurst's Michael Anderson has again opened eyes with a polished performance in the penultimate round of the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series.

Anderson is in his first season driving in the series for de-registered V8 Supercars after stepping up from his Historic Touring Car championship winning Ford Falcon GTHO.

He has been making steady improvement all season in his Kenwood Homes Ford Falcon BF.

In the most recent round at Phillip Island, Anderson finished a strong eighth outright.

It means he remains second outright in the Privateers Championship, but he could be best described as being unlucky to have not finished higher up at Phillip Island.

After qualifying seventh for race one, Anderson made a great start and was sitting fifth.

He was set to pounce on the fourth placed car with eight laps to run, but he received a black flag for being one decibel over the noise restriction at Phillip island.

It is believed the strong winds at the island circuit tends to make the noise read higher if you are unlucky enough to pick up a gust as you go past the position from where the noises are being recorded.

As there was no time to repair the exhaust, he was forced to retire from that event.

That retirement saw him forced to chase his tail for the remainder of the meeting. He scored no points for the first race and was subsequently relegated to the rear of the grid for the second race.

Anderson drove extremely well to fight his way up through the field to finish seventh in race two.

However, his grid position for the third and final race was not determined by where he had finished the previous event, but rather an aggregate of race one and two.

It meant he started race three in 13th and it was another fight through the field.

As the flag fell to signify race end, he had done a great job to climb up to sixth place.

Anderson Motorsport team chief Ken Anderson was naturally disappointed with the way it worked out, but excited by the way the car performed. He is also impressed with the way Michael Anderson is coming to terms with this category.

"The car went really well and is a credit to Matt [Negus] our chief spanner, and I'm sure only for the black flag we would have been fighting for a podium finish," Ken Anderson said.

"I guess the best way to describe it was by saying it was another learning experience.

"We're now really looking forward to the final round at Sydney Motorsport Park next month at the Muscle Car Masters meeting."

That meeting is on October 29-30.

SOLID EFFORT: Bathurst driver Micahel Anderson placed eighth outright in the penultimate Kumho V8 Touring Car Series round. Photo: RICHARD CRAIL 040816michaelanderson

SOLID EFFORT: Bathurst driver Micahel Anderson placed eighth outright in the penultimate Kumho V8 Touring Car Series round. Photo: RICHARD CRAIL 040816michaelanderson

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