GRC partnership a rallycross first for Continental
As part of a new, multi-year partnership with US-based rallycross series Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC), Continental is developing its very first rallycross tyres. The partnership between GRC and Continental Tire the Americas gets under way in 2018 and will see Continental serve as exclusive tyre provider for competitors in the Supercars, GRC Lites and Polaris RZR categories of the GRC, was well as to the e-GRC electric series that is scheduled to debut in 2019. Continental replaces BFGoodrich as official GRC tyre supplier.
“We’re thrilled to add Global Rallycross to our motorsports portfolio,” said John DeSalle, president of Continental Tire Motorsports. “We’re looking forward to providing a tyre that will give the fans the great racing they expect while also making it fun for the drivers. This series is action-packed and we can’t wait to get on track.”
As part of the new relationship, and its entry into the sport of rallycross, Continental Tire will develop brand new tyres for Red Bull GRC competition. These will debut in the 2018 season opener in Louisville, Kentucky on 19 May. Supercar and GRC Lites vehicles will use a shared compound, while a second tyre will be developed for the Polaris RZR side-by-side class.
“Continental Tire is an industry leader in technical tyre development. Their experience in developing tyres that work in both pavement and non-pavement situations, as well as their ability to develop race tyres for a wide variety of vehicles, tracks and circumstances make them the ideal partner,” said Colin Dyne, chief executive officer of Red Bull GRC. “As the official tyre supplier for the Red Bull GRC series, they will bring a new level of excellence and high performance to the events.”
The 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross season features 12 rounds across eight events, including two rounds at yet to be announced venues in Europe. In addition to serving as the series’ exclusive tyre provider, fans can expect a number of exclusive Continental-themed promotions at events and on social media.