MINI John Cooper Works racing on Hankook tyres in Nürburgring 24 Hours
The legendary Nürburgring 24 Hours is one of the highlights of the endurance season for motorsport fans all over the world. This weekend (26th to 29th May) sees the 50th staging of the classic race, which will feature a MINI John Cooper Works for the first time for ten years. The race car, based on the cult British car and run by the Bulldog Racing team, will be supported by Hankook with the high-end Ventus Race tyre, which has proven itself in numerous endurance races.
How Pirelli’s F1 tyre compounds made the difference in Barcelona
Pirelli’s new 18” Formula 1 tyres faced “one of the biggest tests” of their inaugural season in Spain as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen used a three-stop strategy to win and gain the championship lead. He alternated between the P Zero Red soft tyre, with which he started the race, and the P Zero Yellow medium, on which he finished it, handling a high-energy circuit and high temperatures with relatively high degradation. His team mate Sergio Perez and Mercedes driver George Russell, who also finished on the podium, both used a different three-stop strategy: soft-medium-medium-soft.
Exclusive Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli will supply the teams with its softest compound P Zero tyres for the first time since the Australian grand prix when the series visits the streets of Monaco. The C5 compound, alongside the C4 and C3, will be available one weekend after the hardest tyres in its range were selected for the Spanish Grand Prix. The compounds will be designated as P Zero White hard (C3), P Zero Yellow medium (C4), and P Zero Red soft (C5).
TMD Friction, through its Mintex braking brand, has expanded its exciting partnership with drifting star Pete ‘Peden’ Nielsen. The expanded sponsorship will see Mintex branding displayed prominently across the liveries of Crewsade drivers Pete Nielsen and Al Harris’ Nissan 180SX and S14 drift racing cars at a thrilling series of events this summer, kicking off with the Modified Nationals display in Peterborough in May.
Giti Tire Motorsport by WS Racing aims to defend class win in 2022 Nürburgring 24-Hour
The Giti Tire Motorsport by WS Racing team returns to the Nürburgring 24-Hour on 26-29 May seeking to defend its class victory in the powerful SP8 category in 2021. The trailblazing #gitiracing all-female team will compete in a new BMW M4 GT4, one of four taking to the grid for Giti Tire Motorsport by WS Racing. The team is celebrating its sixth straight year at legendary Nordschleife and the fourth with the pioneering ‘Girls Only – Ready to Rock the Green Hell’ crew. All cars will run on the GitiCompete GTR1 tyre, part of Giti’s comprehensive global motorsport portfolio. This year marks a milestone for the event too; it is the 50th ADAC TOTAL 24h Race.
Hankook previews DTM Trophy season as series begins at Lausitzring
The 2022 DTM Trophy gets underway this weekend at the Lausitzring, with Hankook supplying its high-end Ventus Race tyres, as it has since the series’ inception in 2020. The “talent factory” for touring car racing will feature seven rounds. Hankook says the series continues its commitment to youth development, an important element of its motorsport commitments. Drivers from 11 countries will compete in 20 production-based GT sports cars from the opening round of the 2022 DTM Trophy in Lower Lusatia (20-22 May). Manufacturers include Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and Toyota. Among the racers is sole female entrant, Sophie Hofmann from Waldenburg; the 23-year-old made her DTM Trophy debut last year. Hankook also supplies the single-seater all-female W Series.
Pirelli’s latest Scorpion gravel tyre will make its debut on the milestone Rally de Portugal. The first gravel event of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship season is also the 50th edition of the event, with the new hybrid Rally1 cars running on Pirelli’s updated range of Scorpion KX WRC gravel tyres. Pirelli will bring around 2400 tyres to Portugal, of which 520 will be for the top class of Rally1 cars. Rally1 drivers may use up to 28 tyres during the rally and shakedown.
The Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship (Goodyear FIA ETRC) kicks off on 21-22 May in Misano, Italy. This year Goodyear increases its commitment to the pinnacle of European truck racing by becoming its title partner.
Pirelli to supply soft compounds for WorldSBK in Estoril, Portugal
Pirelli will focus on the softest tyres in its range for the third WorldSBK round of the season, the first of two 2022 meets in Portugal. The supplier will offer riders the standard soft SC1 and the development SC1 A0674 on the front. Rear specifications will be the supersoft SCX and soft SC0 tyre, in addition to the SCQ option that can be used in the Superpole session and Superpole Race.
New Pirelli P Zero RA5A asphalt tyre debuts at Rally Islas Canarias
Pirelli has introduced a new hard-compound asphalt rally tyre ahead of the 12-14 May Rally Islas Canarias, round three of the FIA European Rally Championship. The P Zero RA5A is an evolution of the RA5, fitted by many winners in the continental series over the last three years. The new tyre will be available to Pirelli-equipped drivers including Spaniard Nil Solans, who returns to the ERC in a Volkswagen Polo Rally2 after his victory in the opening round in Fafe.
Falken pays tribute to fans in latest Nürburgring 24-hour race film
‘This Is Your Return to The Ring’ is the title of Falken Tyres latest Nürburgring 24-hour race film. Its release this past weekend coincided with the qualifying races for the main 24-hour race that will place at the end of May.
BTRC 2022 will run exclusively on Giti Race-Tuned v1 tyres
The British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC) will run exclusively on Giti Race-Tuned v1 global competition truck tyres in size 315/70R22.5 in its 2022 season. The manufacturer, which is also returning as official tyre partner to the championship, will supply the tyre to all 20 trucks competing in the series. Giti’s two fully liveried trucks will compete in all races, driven by Team Oliver’s Stuart Oliver and his son, Michael Oliver. The team secured a first and second place during the five season-opening races at Brands Hatch on 16-17 April.
Several tyre makers plan to offer tyres containing natural rubber from non-conventional sources. Bridgestone Americas has been working to commercialise guayule shrub rubber for a decade and recently announced the upcoming motorsport debut of a race tyre made with guayule rubber grown and extracted at its R&D facilities. It will introduce the new Firestone Firehawk at the Indy Pit Stop Challenge on 27 May ahead of the race tyre’s competitive premiere in August.
Kwik Fit extends Goodwood Festival of Speed partnership
Kwik Fit will be an Official Partner at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard (23-26 June 2022). The UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair network debuted in this role in 2021, and has promised “an even greater presence at the world’s biggest celebration of motorsport and car culture.” Kwik Fit will showcase its British Touring Car Championship activities and its expertise in car repair and electric vehicle technology from a bespoke Kwik Fit Centre.
Bridgestone launches semi-slick Potenza Race track day tyre
Bridgestone has launched the semi-slick Bridgestone Potenza Race, its first ever tyre day tyre for the replacement market. In testing conducted by TÜV SÜD at the 6.115km Nardo circuit in Italy, the tyre was able to improve upon average times set by three leading competitor tyres over three laps by an average of more than two seconds. It was also ranked second for longevity, and delivered class-leading dry braking at Bridgestone’s European proving ground. The Potenza Race is homologated for public roads, but with performance focussed on track days. Developed and manufactured in Europe, the Potenza Race will be available in 13 popular sizes between 17 and 20 inches from June 2022, supporting the most commonly sighted hot hatchbacks and sportscars at track days.