Dunlop hard tyres for two more tracks
The tyre rules for the British Touring Car Championship have been tweaked for two more of the remaining races this season.
The championship has soft and medium compound tyres, and uses a special harder specification cover for the demanding Thruxton circuit.
However, this year at Croft in June and Rockingham in August, the teams will have a choice between the medium compound and the harder Thruxton-spec tyres.
Michael Butler of Dunlop said: “After testing the latest Sport Maxx Hard version last year, the feedback and data showed that this tyre, which was designed for the extreme demands of Thruxton, could be the optimum choice at other circuits with highspeed corners. Therefore, we have decided to widen its use to other circuits this year.”
Joint points leader Rob Collard said he had been angered by the switch. The BMW driver said: “This is a rule that will mitigate against the advantages of the rearwheel-drive cars. We are kinder to our rubber and can come on strong later on in races where it is abrasive.”
Collard won at Croft in ’15