Yokohama’s New WTCC Rain Tyres Make a Splash
The new rain tyres selected for the use in the next two seasons of the FIA World Touring Car Championship were recently given the opportunity to kick up some spray at the Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk. Chevrolet and BMW took part in the tests on the artificially watered track, with each company fielding a car fitted with Yokohama Advan tyres.
“We have compared our current rain tyres with the one we have developed for the next two years,” commented Yokohama Europe Motorsport manager Matthijs Mathlener. “The drivers have completed a number of tests, including short and long runs, with both the 2007 and the new tyres and on both a completely wet and a drying track.”
Following an invitation to tender, Yokohama was in early July appointed by FIA World Motor Sport Council to supply the control tyre for the 2008 and 2009 FIA WTCC.