Following the Formula 1 teams’ unanimous rejection of Pirelli’s proposed 2020 tyre specifications, the tyre maker has confirmed its intention to supply 2019 specification tyres to the 2020 F1 World Championship. Pirelli says it, the FIA and the F1 teams took “several different factors” into account in reaching this decision.
Dunlop has been named official tyre partner for the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup, a new, JiR-organised championship that aims to find motorcycle racing’s future stars. The Dunlop D213 GP Pro will also serve as the Cup’s control tyre.
As of this year, the Sepang 12 Hours race in Malaysia will run on control tyres supplied by a single manufacturer, and Yokohama Rubber has been selected for this role. All competitors will take to the circuit in vehicles fitted with the Yokohama Advan A005 race tyre or, depending on conditions, the Advan A006 wet weather tyre.
For the last five years competitors in the World Rally Championship have been free to compete on any brand of tyre registered with the FIA, and newcomer Dmack has shown itself to be a worthy competitor to factory team supplier Michelin – at the start of this month, the brand secured its best ever WRC result and first podium finish. The days of open tyre competition may be numbered, however. Autosport.com writes that the WRC may return to a control tyre for next year’s season.
The UK distributor for the Yokohama tyre brand has added several new motorsport series to its portfolio for 2016. In addition to maintaining its extensive range of championships using Yokohama as control tyre, it will add several key, high profile series in the UK and Eire.
Building on the success of the European Seat Leon Eurocup, which uses Yokohama Advan racing slick and wet control tyres, the new-for-2015 Seat Supercup Ireland has followed suit, adopting the Japanese manufacturer as control tyre supplier for the ten-round series. The series will be supported by Yokohama’s Irish dealer, Murray Motorsport, which will not only provide the tyres each team is permitted for each race meeting but will also supply parts from Seat Sport.