Giti Tire Motorsport puts four on Nürburgring 24-Hour starting grid
Four Giti Tire cars have qualified for the 49th ADAC TOTAL 24h Race 2021 at the Nürburgring (3-6 June). The tyre manufacturer will compete in a fifth straight year and its third with the pioneering #gitiracing all-female team. This season all cars will run on GitiCompete GTR1 tyres, part of Giti’s comprehensive global range of competition racing tyres. Giti says its technology findings are adapted to further develop its everyday portfolios.
Giti Tire kicked off its 2021 Fun Cup Endurance Championship season with two racing icons in GT Radial car number 97. John McGuiness, part of the Honda TT Legends race team and best known for his 23 Isle of Man victories and 47 podiums, and Steve Peat, renowned multiple World and British Downhill Mountain Bike Champion swapped two wheels for four at the four-hour endurance race at Donington. The company has also added a new Giti branded vehicle to the grid, a joint entry with GT Radial Performance Centre (GTPC) partner MJ Tec from Stratford-upon-Avon.
Nico Rosberg: F1 champ, sustainability entrepreneur, Continental brand manager
Nico Rosberg has signed his name on the Continental dotted line and will henceforth act as a brand manager for the tyre maker. Announcing the arrangement, the former Formula One World Champion tweeted that he’s “proud to work with partners who put sustainability, technology and safety at the heart of what they do.”
Even though ticket sales are yet to commence, the Nürburgring 24-hour race is expected to take place over the weekend of 3 to 6 June as planned – with or without spectators. And when the ADAC Total 24h race commences, the circuit will include two sections of track that now carry the Goodyear name.
Lewis Hamilton F1 race-winning car to be auctioned live at British Grand Prix
Formula 1 together with RM Sotheby’s have announced a very special, single lot auction of the 2010 McLaren Mercedes MP4-25A Formula 1 Race Car, (estimate: $5m-$7m) to take place at the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix 2021. The auction will take place on the Saturday afternoon of the race weekend, immediately prior to the first-ever Sprint Qualifying Race. In keeping with the series of firsts, this sale marks the first time any Lewis Hamilton F1 Race Car, let alone a Grand Prix winning car has ever been offered for public sale.
Cooper Tire Europe says that as of the 2021 season, its rally tyres will be an official tyre option for the Motorsport UK British Rally Championship (BRC). As such, it will offer competitors six patterns and a total of 19 sizes for 13- to 18-inch rim diameters from its refreshed rally tyre range.
Edd Cobley returns to off-road racing on Davanti Terratoura A/T tyres
Off-road rally legend Edd Cobley will compete in the British Cross Country Championships in June on Davanti Terratoura A/T tyres. Cobley will pilot his new custom-built Land Rover 110 doublecab, Skippy 2.0 in the four-round national series. The three-time Land Rover Defender Rally Champion and Hill Rally Championship winner is one of the faces of Davanti’s Make It Happen campaign. The tyre brand will follow his exploits on its social media channels and website.
Five-time Isle of Man TT winner Peter Hickman has announced a deeper relationship with Dunlop Motorcycle Europe that will include an Official Brand Ambassador role, adding to his duties as a Dunlop test tyre rider.
After missing a year due to its corona-related cancellation, W Series is back in 2021. Returning with it is exclusive tyre partner Hankook, supplying Ventus Race tyres to all entries in the single-seater series.
Cam continues support of UK racing prospect Dan Zelos
Cam has extended its support of UK racing prospect Dan Zelos, current Mini Challenge UK Graduate Cup champion, to cover the 2021/22 season. The sponsorship is part of Cam’s ongoing investment in internal and external talent and skills development. 22-year old Zelos will continue his driving development in the Mini Challenge UK and on his journey to reach the British Touring Car Championship and beyond.
As Goodyear returns for another season as tyre supplier to the KwikFit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), it is also bringing back the Wingfoot Award for the 2021 season. In addition, the tyre maker will launch a competition that gives BTCC fans the chance to present the Goodyear Wingfoot Award to the 2021 season’s winner and also bag a set of Goodyear’s award-winning Eagle F1 SuperSport tyres for their car.
WEC: Virtually-developed Michelin Pilot Sport debuting in Le Mans Hypercar
The current season is Michelin’s ninth consecutive year with the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC), and it has developed a new range of tyres for the headlining Le Mans Hypercar class which replaces LMP1 as the premier class in 2021. All five cars competing in Le Mans Hypercar this year race on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres that were developed almost entirely created using virtual tools.
Goodyear begins ‘new era’ as FIA World Endurance Championship partner
Goodyear’s inaugural FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) campaign in 2020 was the prelude to a new era for the brand in the series. Goodyear is an official championship partner supplying every car in the LMP2 prototype category this season, which begins at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on Saturday 1 May with a six-hour race. In its comeback season to top-level motorsport, its first action at this level in two decades, Goodyear’s tyres were victorious in Shanghai and Bahrain, and achieved a memorable double podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The FIM Moto2 World Championship’s teams will be able to test Dunlop’s new soft rear tyre during practice and qualifying at Jerez this weekend. Dunlop says the in-event test will help new riders and teams get accustomed to the softer end of the Dunlop Moto2 range, which hasn’t been used since last October’s Teruel Grand Prix. It will also provide Dunlop with data on how the Jerez surface has evolved since its resurfacing in 2018.