Goodyear to return to the WEC, Le Mans
Goodyear will subsequently go toe-to-toe with Michelin from the 2019/20 season onwards, which incorporates subsequent yr’s 88th operating of the Le Mans 24 Hours. Its preliminary goal is LMP2, nonetheless the corporate is thought to have been in dialog with groups in different lessons.
RACER understands that Dunlop (owned and operated by Goodyear in Europe and elsewhere) will step again from supplying tires for the WEC and as an alternative focus solely on its European Le Mans Collection effort, the place it provides rubber in each LMP2 and GTE.
<h2 class="related__header">Extra Le Mans/WEC!</h2><a category="block block--related" href="https://racer.com/2019/06/11/racers-24-hours-of-le-mans-resource-guide/?utm_source=smg&utm_medium=wasabi&utm_content=recirc-auto-related" data-track="-in-article-related-auto"><h2 class="block__title">RACER’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Useful resource Information</h2><h2 class="block__title">MotorTrend to air 24 Hours of Le Mans reside</h2><h2 class="block__title">Lindsey closing in on GTE Am title</h2></apart> <p>In preparation for this transfer, Goodyear has been creating a brand new vary of sportscar tires at its services in Hanau, Germany, and at Colmar-Berg in Luxembourg.</p> <p>“The character of the races (various from four hours to 24 hours) means tire selection and technique are important, and that gives a motivating problem for the know-how groups in our European innovation facilities forward of exploring different racing alternatives for the model,” mentioned Goodyear’s motorsport director Ben Crawley.</p> <p>Goodyear has a protracted historical past of competing in sportscars, supplying tires in IMSA for a number of many years. The model has 14 Le Mans wins, the latest being in 1997, when it equipped Joest Racing’s No. 7 TWR Porsche.</p> <p>“Motorsport continues to be one of the vital standard world sports activities,” Crawley continued. “It is a perfect platform for us to have interaction with shoppers across the heritage, ardour, innovation and know-how that make up Goodyear’s story in racing.”</p> <p>“We are going to concentrate on sportscar racing at first, earlier than making use of learnings to different classes of racing, which might be inside the endurance area or in different racing collection.”</p>