Giti ready to race in VW Fun Cup 2020
With the VW Fun Cup 2020 season ready to commence its reduced calendar of five rounds, Giti Tire has confirmed that it is maintaining its position as Official Tyre Partner. The tyre manufacturer will also participate, racing its fully livered GT Radial car. Ellis Hadley, senior test engineer at Giti Tire, will line-up on the grid alongside seasoned racing enthusiasts from the GT Radial Performance Centre (GTPC) network. The VW Fun Cup will start with a One Hour Sprint Race and a Four Hour Endurance Race on 8 August at Snetterton, before hitting Thruxton, Silverstone and the season finale at Oulton Park on 17 October. All cars in the competition run on GitiCompete GTR2 tyres.
Brian McDermott, country manager – UK for Giti Tire, said: “Like all motorsports the season has been curtailed because of the Covid-19 outbreak, but we have a very close relationship with the VW Fun Cup organisers and will continue to support the series this year and next.
“Add to this our involvement with MotoFest Coventry 2021, where the main GT Radial Sprint Circuit will host a full VW Fun Cup wheel-to-wheel demonstration race for the very first time, and it’s fair to say we’ve a lot to be excited about looking forwards.”
VW Fun Cup supports GT Radial brand in UK
Graham Mitchell, wholesale sales director for Micheldever Tyre Services, exclusive distributor of GT Radial in the UK, added: “The utilisation of the VW Fun Cup alliance has grown every year and we are seeing extra TV, print and online coverage.
“This can only be fantastic news for the GT Radial Performance Centres (GTPC) as we continue to raise consumer awareness of the brand and support our growing network of independent tyre and garage businesses.”
The Fun Cup endurance championship was launched in the UK in 2002, with the clearly defined objective of providing cost-effective, close, exciting racing.
With a grid regularly topping 30, the cars are identical, race designed, single-seaters with a super-strong space frame chassis based on the Volkswagen Beetle. They are powered by an 1800cc, 130 bhp VW/Audi petrol engine with a Sadev sequential gearbox, race brakes and fully adjustable suspension.
The GitiCompete GTR2 tyre on which all competitors run forms part of a comprehensive range of competition racing tyres which are used in events around the world. Giti’s technology and information gathered in the series is adapted to further develop its everyday passenger car portfolios, the manufacturer states.