Goodyear sole tyre supplier to LPM2 category of WEC, ELMS
Goodyear is to serve as official tyre supplier to the LMP2 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and European Le Mans Series (ELMS). This arrangement follows the decision made by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) to appoint a single tyre supplier for the Le Mans Prototype class.
A multi-season contract with the ACO and the FIA World Endurance Championship will see Goodyear begin its LMP2 partnership by supplying tyres to all WEC teams in the LMP2 class from the opening round of the 2020/21 season at Silverstone in September through to the 24 hours of Le Mans in June 2021. The LMP2 partnership with ELMS starts in April 2021.
“Goodyear has a long and remarkable history in motorsport,” states Mike Rytokoski, vice-president and chief marketing officer, Consumer EMEA at Goodyear. “In addition to our unbeaten record in Formula One with 368 Grand Prix wins, we have 14 overall wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This partnership allows us to showcase our technology, durability and performance in the most famous endurance race in the world. We are proud to have been chosen for this challenge.”
Pierre Fillon, president, Automobile Club de l’Ouest, adds: “Goodyear’s heritage at Le Mans includes some of the most iconic victories from the 1960s to the 1990s. We are delighted that such a well-known, worldwide brand, built on a winning pedigree, has chosen the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the WEC and ELMS to prove their technology in the most demanding of racing environments. Their commitment to the future of endurance racing is inspiring and echoes the ethos of the ACO and all our endurance racing championships.”
Gerard Neveu, chief executive officer, FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, comments: “Since announcing its comeback this year, Goodyear’s commitment to top level performance has been very impressive. To win a World Championship’s LMP2 class at only the third attempt shows the investment, technology and dedication of the Goodyear team. We are proud to have Goodyear as a premium partner in WEC and ELMS, and our LMP2 teams will benefit from high level professional support to ensure the continuing close competition in the category.”