Dunlop Uses Autosport Show to Publicise 2008 Victories
Dunlop Tyres has brought together a selection of winning motorsport machinery at the Autosport International Show, which opened at the NEC in Birmingham to Trade visitors today. The show continues through the weekend, opening to the public on Saturday.
The Birmingham-based manufacturer is displaying the Le Mans Endurance Championship winning Ferrari F430 GT2 on their stand at the NEC from 8th to 11th January. The Ferrari clinched the international championship running on development Dunlop tyres for the second year in succession.
Also on show is the BMW 320si that local star Mat Jackson drove to victory in several rounds of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship, displayed alongside a Mosler that is tipped to be a front runner in the Britcar GT Championship, Britain’s biggest and fastest GT Endurance racing series.
Dunlop’s racing tyres are made at the Fort Dunlop factory in Birmingham, 15 minutes drive from the Autosport Show, and have won more touring car and Le Mans 24 Hour races than any other make of tyre. The manufacturer has also achieved some notable two-wheel victories, and has the record breaking Honda of John McGuinness that achieved the first 130mph average lap of the tortuous 37 mile Isle of Man TT circuit.
Over 200,000 racing tyres are manufactured at Fort Dunlop each year, many being shipped to race tracks on other continents. In car racing, Dunlop supplies tyres for Le Mans, the Open GT Championship, LMS (Le Mans Series), V8 Supercars (Australia), DTM (German Touring Cars), BTCC (British Touring Cars) and rallying. For motorcycle racing Dunlop manufactures tyres for MotoGP 250 cc and 125 cc classes, Superbike, Supersport, Endurance, Supermoto and Motocross.