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Victorian young gun Glen Raymond has won the Kumho Future Champions Award at the fifth round of the Australian Rally Championship, the International Rally of Queensland with a fine second place in the Asia Pacific section of the two-day championship rally.

While Raymond has been contesting the ARC, the Mitsubishi driver entered the International category of the rally pitting him against the leading contenders in the Asia Pacific title beating home the likes of Scotland's Alister McRae, Japan's Katsu Taguchi and Aussie WRC driver Chris Atkinson.

He captured points for second place in the ARC category and will take his Future Champions prize of eight tyres to the final ARC round in the hills surrounding his hometown in Victoria in November.

While the top APRC teams used the latest tyres from European manufacturers, Glen chose to stay with the less expensive Kumho ARC control tyres he has used in the other Australian rounds this year and proved that he could still match and better the times of the Asia Pacific contenders.

Many of the international drivers suffered punctures in the Queensland event but with his Kumho shod machine Raymond did not have one puncture in what is the longest and arguably toughest Australian rally this year.

The performance of Glenn and his co-driver brother Matt is all the more creditable given the Mitsubishi Lancer EvoX the pair campaign was built in the family garage in Warragul in the Gippsland region of Victoria.

"It is fantastic to be recognised by Kumho for our efforts and the effort the team puts into getting us to the rally," said Glen.

"I knew it was going to be tough because it was the longest ARC round this year and is always a fast rally so I knew I would have to play it smart," he said.

"We were up against teams with much bigger budgets and a lot more experience than us but we managed to beat all but one of them in both APRC and ARC which is just fantastic.

"The Kumho control tyres performed faultlessly, did not give us any problems whatsoever, in fact now that we have finally sorted some of the EvoX's electronic driveline management the car was handling and stopping better than ever," he added.

Its been a tough year for Glen and Matt Raymond sorting the complex Lancer EvoX, suffering problems in both the Coffs Coast Rally in NSW and the previous round in South Australia after moving from a Toyota Corolla in which they finished second in 2009.

The Kumho Future Champions Award is judged by Kumho and ARC management based on the ARC team which has shown the most professionalism, performance, determination and potential to become future Australian Rally Champions.

According to John Mills, Kumho Motorsport coordinator, Glen Raymond was judged as the winner of the Award in Queensland because of the speed and consistency he showed as well as his effort in capturing a podium in what was the longest and toughest round of the championship.

"Glen and Matt's professionalism in taking second not only in the ARC but also against the top Asia Pacific crews was a stand out as was the effort put in by his team, it was a very intelligent drive," said John Mills.

The Kumho Future Champions Award has been designed to acknowledge ARC drivers efforts and give them the encouragement and incentive to continue in what is a demanding and expensive sport.

As control tyre supplier, Kumho is putting its backing into the Australian Rally Championship with a reduction in the cost of tyres, encouragement awards and a significant rights fees going to the sport, Kumho's commitment to rallying is by far the largest commercial backing for the sport this year.
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