Kumho Australian Rally Supply Begins with Successful Testing
Kumho has successfully completed preseason tests on its tyre selections for the Australian Rally Championship. The R900, designed for compacted gravel, the R800 for loose gravel and the wet-weather and muddy conditions R700 all impressed drivers with their high levels of grip, longevity and predictability having used them in the scorching temperatures of a Melbourne heat wave.
John Mills, Kumho Tyre Australia’s motorsport coordinator, told Rally Sport magazine: “The drivers who tested were very impressed with the performance of the various tyres and offered some valuable feedback to our engineers which is one of the reasons Kumho is involved with the ARC as control tyre supplier. Kumho’s involvement will make the sport of rallying more cost effective for competitors reducing their tyre expenditure significantly. Saving ARC teams close to $2,000 per rally or around $12,000 across the six round championship.
“With the reduction in the cost of tyres, the encouragement awards and the significant rights fees going to the sport, Kumho’s commitment to rallying is by far the largest commercial commitment to the sport this year,” Mills added. Kumho plans to offer prizes for showing the potential to win the series in the future; premier class competitors and their teams will vie for the Kumho Future Champions Award.