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Le Mans 24 Hours: Dunlop reviews ‘race of the century’

Le Mans 24 Hours: Dunlop reviews ‘race of the century’

Tuesday 20th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Dunlop’s Le Mans 24 Hours 2017 is one to remember with records broken, overall race laps led, and overall podiums in addition to the more typical class wins and podiums, in a race with high temperatures testing cars and drivers. Track temperatures exceeded 50 degrees towards the end of Sunday’s race in France’s Sarthe region.

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Dunlop’s Le Mans challenge with new GT tyre regulations

Dunlop’s Le Mans challenge with new GT tyre regulations

Thursday 15th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Last year, Dunlop returned to GT racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), taking the Teams’ and Drivers’ titles, five wins and nine podium finishes with Aston Martin Racing. The experience the tyre maker gained, however, is of limited help, as a complete change in tyre regulations was introduced for the 2017 season. These changes place fresh demands upon the tyres used and bring different criteria for Dunlop’s tyre designers and engineers to focus on.

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Video: Vincent van Goor explains Dunlop LMP2 tyre development for Le Mans

Video: Vincent van Goor explains Dunlop LMP2 tyre development for Le Mans

Tuesday 13th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Dunlop has released a new video with senior engineer, racing car tyre development, Vincent van Goor explaining its tyre development ahead of this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. A record number of LMP2 cars will compete on the manufacturer’s rubber – 22 of the 25 entrants. All of the cars are racing on the La Sarthe track for the first time courtesy of new regulations for 2017. The race starts at 15:00 CEST on Saturday 17 June.

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Pirelli renews Le Mans Village On The Curves sponsorship

Pirelli renews Le Mans Village On The Curves sponsorship

Friday 9th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Pirelli has renewed its sponsorship of the Village on the Curves at Le Mans for 2017, as part of the Italian tyre company’s relationship with Porsche Club GB. The Village on the Curve is a camping village located on the Porsche Curves at the French circuit. Porsche owners flock to the village to enjoy the views of the track and community atmosphere.

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No Le Mans win, but Bridgestone back on motorcycle championship podium

No Le Mans win, but Bridgestone back on motorcycle championship podium

Wednesday 19th April 2017 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Bridgestone’s Nico Thuy commented that the tyre maker was “aiming for great results with our new team partners” during the year’s FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) series, and during the second round event this goal was realised with a second-place finish. On 16 April, some 75,000 spectators watched the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team finish the 24 Heures Motos Le Mans less than 20 seconds behind fellow Yamaha-backed team GMT 94. The two teams finished 12 laps ahead of the rest of the field.

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Bridgestone aims for ‘glorious return’ at Le Mans 24 Hours Moto

Bridgestone aims for ‘glorious return’ at Le Mans 24 Hours Moto

Friday 7th April 2017 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone is upbeat about its first race back in world championship motorcycle competition, after the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team on Bridgestone tyres topped preliminary testing at Le Mans on 28 and 29 March.

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2 Porsche WEC teams switch to Dunlop tyres

2 Porsche WEC teams switch to Dunlop tyres

Thursday 30th March 2017 | 0 Comments

FIA World Endurance Championship Porsche teams Dempsey-Proton and Gulf Racing will run on Dunlop tyres in their global campaigns following comparative testing. Both teams have experience of working with Dunlop in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), where the brand is the sole tyre supplier to the LMGTE class. Both teams will race in the LMGTE AM class of WEC, including the Le Mans 24 hour race.

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Pirelli becomes ACO-endorsed LMP3 Cup exclusive tyre supplier

Pirelli becomes ACO-endorsed LMP3 Cup exclusive tyre supplier

Friday 13th January 2017 | 0 Comments

Pirelli has announced an extension to its Bute Motorsport relationship, becoming the exclusive tyre supplier to the new LMP3 Cup Championship after signing a three-year deal. The new series was officially renamed at the beginning of the year following an exhibition race at Snetterton last October under the Prototype Cup banner. The championship features the Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3), developed under the technical stewardship of the ACO and aimed at teams and drivers looking to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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Dunlop maintains LMP2 dominance at Le Mans 24H

Dunlop maintains LMP2 dominance at Le Mans 24H

Monday 20th June 2016 | 0 Comments

Dunlop continued its success in the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the top seven finishers in the class using its tyres. The adaptability of Dunlop’s tyres was key to this success, as these top seven finishers included chassis from six manufacturers. Signatech Alpine took the victory, having completed 357 laps. The Dunlop tyre range is all-new for 2016 and the LMP2 tyres demonstrated the progress the brand had hoped to achieve; all teams used the same sets for four stints, while several managed to complete five – a feat Dunlop describes as a first in the modern era of sportscar racing.

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Evolution in Le Mans cars matched by Michelin tyre development programme

Evolution in Le Mans cars matched by Michelin tyre development programme

Friday 17th June 2016 | 0 Comments

The developments of Michelin’s endurance racing tyres are on show at this year’s Le Mans 24 hours. The manufacturer said its winter programme, conducted between November 2015 and the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 2016 season-opener at Silverstone, comprised every class, while focusing on making its tyres more competitive against increasingly active competition. Nearly every car competing on Michelin tyres has evolved since last year, the tyre supplier explains.

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Dunlop to supply 27 cars across 4 Le Mans classes in 2016    

Dunlop to supply 27 cars across 4 Le Mans classes in 2016    

Wednesday 15th June 2016 | 0 Comments

Dunlop will supply tyres to 27 cars across all four Le Mans classes in 2016, more than any other year in the millennium. The supplier will transport more than 6,000 tyres using ten trucks; more than 80 personnel will provide fitting, engineering and support. Each class has different regulations and requirements and consequently different tyre specifications.

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Aston Martin Racing ‘has Dunlop Motorsport’s full attention’ in GT class

Aston Martin Racing ‘has Dunlop Motorsport’s full attention’ in GT class

Tuesday 14th June 2016 | 0 Comments

Dunlop and Aston Martin Racing describe the test of the manufacturer’s GT tyres for the first time in November in Bahrain as “a key turning point for both parties.” Dunlop committed to a full GT class development programme and Aston Martin began a return to lifting trophies. Le Mans is of great importance to both companies who are proud of their respective success there: Dunlop has 34 overall victories, more than any other tyre manufacturer, and Aston Martin took GT class wins in 2007and 2008 and the GTE Am class win in 2014.

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Dunlop’s ‘evolving technologies’ helping BTCC deliever exciting racing

Dunlop’s ‘evolving technologies’ helping BTCC deliever exciting racing

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 | 0 Comments

Dunlop’s 2016 MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) tyre range has been developed to meet the championship’s two major requirements. First, the two specifications of dry tyre in soft and medium compounds need to handle nine different tracks (as well as an additional hard compound for Thruxton’s abrasive surface). And secondly, they need to handle the wide variety of temperatures across its ten rounds.

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Aston Martin WEC team to race on Dunlop tyres

Aston Martin WEC team to race on Dunlop tyres

Tuesday 23rd February 2016 | 0 Comments

Aston Martin Racing’s entries in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) have switched from Michelin to Dunlop tyres for the 2016 season. The team evaluated Dunlop’s motorsport tyres over the winter and, under a new technical partnership, the Dunlop rubber will now be supplied to the Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE cars.

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Michelin supporting Ford’s 2016 return to 24 Hours of Le Mans

Michelin supporting Ford’s 2016 return to 24 Hours of Le Mans

Friday 19th June 2015 | 0 Comments

Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the 1-2-3 finish achieved by the Ford GT at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and to mark the occasion Ford is returning to the endurance race with an all-new vehicle bearing the Ford GT name. At a recent press conference, Ford shared that it will work towards this goal with Michelin as its exclusive tyre technology partner.

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