Dunlop lauds 'perfect' touring car finish
Last weekend saw the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) come to a close with Gordon Shedden taking his maiden touring car trophy, with Dunlop once again the proud sponsor and the sole tyre supplier. Across the ten rounds of the season, Dunlop supplied 4,616 tyres to the championship, 656 of which were wet v-grooved tyres. Each round is attended by a 15 strong motorsport service team who ensure the teams are running the correct tyre set up for their vehicle.
Simon Betney from Dunlop Motorsport said: “The 2012 season has been as challenging as ever and we have worked closely with our teams in the paddock to ensure that they are running the tyres according to the set up of their vehicle to provide top performance. We have supported all of the rounds, as we do year on year, and we have enjoyed coping with some interesting vehicle set ups across the season.”
“We had specific challenges at Thruxton, where we shod all of the vehicles with our harder compound tyre to cope with the abrasive surface, and also at Rockingham when the heavens opened and our tyres were able to handle the high level of water on the track. It is always exciting at touring car races but never more than when we are faced with unruly weather or a difficult surface. Throughout the season our team monitor the tyres and how they are performing on the track. We use this data to improve the tyre for the following season as well as performing test days with the teams prior to the season starting. The data collected assists us to provide a product that works on front-drive, rear-drive, diesel, petrol, normally aspirated and turbocharged cars.
Andy Marfleet, Dunlop Brand Manager said: “A fabulous end to the season once again. It is great to see Gordon Shedden win the championship for the first time in his career. We have been the proud sponsor of the event for three consecutive years and have a long association with touring cars since it began back in the 50’s. We have again enjoyed being out on track with the teams and it is particularly rewarding for us to take our racing technology and translate it into our road going products. Without participation in motorsport we would not be able to do this.”