Team Falken driver Matt Carter has won the 2011 British Drift Championship Super Pro class after a sixth place finish in Sunderland. The Falken team took second place in the Constructors Standings, missing out on first place by two points.
Toyota has introduced a winter tyre programme, with Yokohama winter tyres supplied by Stapleton’s. Toyota secured its supply of “thousands of winter tyres” earlier this year suitable for most current – and many past – Toyota and Lexus models. Hybrids, in particular, are well catered for, with a healthy supply available for the 17-inch wheels featured on Prius, Auris Hybrid and the Lexus CT 200h. Toyota Centres will supply competitively priced tyres and carry out the changeover for vehicle owners, who can also store their standard set with the Centre until the spring.
A Bridgend garage that lost £10,500 worth of equipment to thieves is bouncing back after joining the HiQ network. Waterton Tyre Services now has the fast-fit franchise’s black and white branding above its forecourt, following a £60,000 investment. The garage, based in Waterton Industrial Estate, was robbed at the start of the year after just five months of trading in the town.
The Department for Transport (DfT) revealed yesterday that illegal, defective and under-inflated tyres were responsible for more than 1,210 road casualties in Great Britain during 2010. The latest Road Casualties in Great Britain report shows that 18 motorists were killed during the year from defective tyres, bringing the number of tyre related deaths on UK roads in the last five years to 164.
ATS Euromaster has joined the Road Haulage Association (RHA) as an associate member becoming the first national tyre service provider to sign up to the highest gold tier membership level. ATS-E says the membership will help build on its relationship with the RHA, while the association’s membership will benefit from having access to ATS Euromaster’s technical knowledge and tyre husbandry.
Jump starters are considered by many to be a necessary piece of in kit modern workshops, and Winntec Europe opines that any jump starter is only as good as the performance of its charger. By combining these two items in one unit, Winntec believes it has developed a ground-breaking product – its all-new HD Booster for cars, trucks, other heavy vehicles and machinery. In announcing the HD Booster’s launch, the company says it has taken the concept of professional jump starters to an “even higher level of efficient performance.”
The Conti360° Fleet Services network in Europe is growing; in addition to the service package’s introduction into Hungary next month, Ireland now boasts a Conti360° presence. Continental Tyres has announced the establishment of a fully integrated partner network there, with 23 dealers and 37 sites across the country signing up.
Earlier this year, Tyres & Accessories reported on one tyre maker's installation of a tread depth measurement unit at its premises in the Netherlands. Similar equipment may become a familiar sight to British motorists in the future – and not everybody is pleased about this.
As of October, Continental’s service package for fleet operators will be available in a further European market. The Conti360° Fleet Services package for truck tyres, first established in the core markets of Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Poland and the Czech Republic in 2010, and extended into Austria and Ireland this year, is scheduled to be launched in Hungary next month.
Graham Matcham, global motorcycle sales manager at Avon Tyres, has left the company after 23 years’ service to pursue other opportunities in the motorcycle industry. Announcing Matcham’s departure from the tyre maker, European sales and marketing director Nigel Hampson said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Graham for his role in building a successful Avon motorcycle sales division and I wish him all the best for the future. Gary Bretherton, UK motorcycle manager, will continue to manage the UK market and all trade enquiries should be directed to him. We will inform the trade shortly of the revised structure to our Motorcycle Sales Department.”
Continental AG has appointed Elke Strathmann its new director of Personnel and appointed her a regular member of the company’s Executive Board. The tyre and automotive supplier says the 53-year old mathematician and human resources manager will take up her three-year contract position during the first quarter of 2012. Current Executive Board member for human resources, Heinz-Gerhard Wente, will henceforth concentrate on his duties as head of the ContiTech division plus take on responsibility for corporate purchasing in the Executive Board.
The sales and EBITA guidance issued by Titan International on May 19 has been revised, with increases made to both figures. In a September 28 press release announcing these alterations, Titan chairman and CEO Maurice Taylor stated: “Agriculture is booming, mining is hot and construction is rebounding.
Good news for the title sponsor and other supporters – official figures show the number of viewers tuning into watch the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – the BTCC to its friends – has grown an average of 43 per cent this year. The British Audience Research Board gained this statistic from an analysis of viewer activity during the first seven rounds of the current season versus the first seven rounds of 2010; this latest figure shows a growing interest in the ITV coverage – after the first three rounds the year-on-year increase was only 36 per cent.
September’s official launch of numerous additions to the Pirelli :01 Series presented Tyres & Accessories with the opportunity to visit the Italian manufacturer’s production site in Izmit, Turkey, where some of the range is produced alongside passenger car and motorsport tyres. It also gave us the chance to sit down with Ugo Forner, who has worldwide responsibility for Pirelli’s ‘Truck’ business unit, and listen to his views on Pirelli’s plans and the changing nature of the global commercial vehicle business.
Nokian Heavy Tyres has introduced a trio of new off-road products, the TRI 2 Extreme Steel, Loader Grip 3 and Nordman Mine All-Steel Radial. The first two of these are intended for earthmoving applications while the Nordman, as its name suggests, is aimed at the mining sector.