Toyo Tires has been announced as the tyre supply partner to the new Z Cars Racing Series in 2017. The manufacturer will supply the Proxes R888R tyre, already present in a variety of British club motorsport series, to the busy grid of BMW Z3 and Z4 cars. Gary Feakins Racing (GFR) has partnered with MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) to create what they hope will be an accessible, yet aspirational series. They hope it will provide a quality, yet affordable, grid and a stepping stone to higher formulae, such as GT racing.
Following its product experience event at the Portimao circuit in September, Davanti has announced a new partnership with the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve Racing School in Portugal. For the next two years all vehicles at the AIA Racing School will be fitted with Davanti Tyres. Models include a Porsche Cayman S, Audi RS3, Audi TTS, Honda Civic Type-R and two Ginettas, All professional racing tuition, track experiences, and driving demonstrations will be performed on Davanti’s DX640 tyres, with the exception of the Ginettas, which will race on the DX390 pattern.
Bridgestone has launched the new Battlecross X10 motocross tyre for sand terrain. The tyre features a new tread design and increased block deformation, promising riders stronger traction, better self-cleaning and higher sideslip control in all types of sandy conditions. The tyre was developed and tested by top riders on the MX competition circuit.
Toyo’s new full slick competition tyre, the Proxes RS1, was launched in the UK in time for the 2015 season. Its two 15” sizes (195/570R15 and 205/580R15) were joined by the larger 235/620R17, and now Toyo has added two 18” fitments to the range, 245/640R18 and 285/680R18. Toyo states that the tyre is its model for a large and growing market for specialist slick tyres, primarily amongst those that regularly attend track days or participate in club-level motorsport.
Dunlop has stated its intention to continue supporting competitors progressing through the ranks of UK motorsport, as it prepares to enter its third decade as official tyre supplier and title sponsor of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. One of the most enduring partnerships in motorsport, Dunlop says its link with the BTCC allows it to continue its support of grassroots racing. The manufacturer signed an agreement with TOCA until at least the end of 2021 at the end of the 2015 season.
Bridgestone will sponsor a rising teenage motocross rider from Stroud during the 2016 season. Harry Linton has been added to the tyre giant’s stable of sponsored riders, all of whom were spotted early and went on to achieve significant successes. Aged 16, Linton is quietly spoken but is expected to make a big noise in motocross, having won the 2014 Rookie Grand Slam in MCF and winning the senior class of the BSMA Clubman’s Series last year.
Yokohama HPT, the Japanese tyre manufacturer’s UK distributor, will continue to support young drivers and their progression through motorsport in the UK in 2016. YHPT will continue to support starter forms of motorsport for young drivers as well as a route to allow them to progress through the ranks in the three main disciplines: circuit racing, rallying and rallycross.
Pirelli is supporting a new initiative between the national motorsport federations of Finland (AKK Motorsport) and Italy (ACI Sport) to provide an innovative rally coaching programme for up-and-coming drivers from both countries.
14 year old Daniel Harper has beaten off 64 other aspiring racing drivers to secure a fully funded season in the 2016 KICK Start Energy Drink Ginetta Junior Championship. Harper, who hails from County Down in Northern Ireland, impressed across the board during the testing, three day event.
In the motorsport industry high speed is the norm, both on and off the track. When a Mosler MT900R race car run by Staffordshire University Race Team suffered damage to the rear chassis and exhaust system, a replacement OEM exhaust could not be supplied in time for the next race. After the initial setback the team approached the Klarius R&D department to see if it could help. They were amazed to discover that Klarius could design, manufacture and test a bespoke system, ready for delivery, in under 24 hours.