Dun­lop re­launches a be­spoke Su­per Tour­ing tyre

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Dun­lop has re­launched its Su­per Tour­ing tyre, with the aim of boost­ing grid sizes in his­toric rac­ing.

Dur­ing the late 1990s, the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship housed a four-way tyre war be­tween Dun­lop, Pirelli, Miche­lin and Yoko­hama.

Af­ter be­ing tested by two-time BTCC cham­pion John Cle­land and pro­lific His­toric Sports Car Club Su­per Tour­ing Car Tro­phy racer James Dodd, Dun­lop has rein­tro­duced a sim­i­lar­spec­i­fi­ca­tion into pro­duc­tion.

To re­duce costs for com­peti­tors, the new tyre will be more durable than its 1990s coun­ter­part but pro­duces sim­i­lar grip. It fol­lows de­mand from com­peti­tors, and will also be con­structed us­ing the same com­pound as the cur­rent BTCC tyres, which Dun­lop also builds.

Size re­stric­tions meant Hoosier sup­plied the HSCC grid which has strug­gled to con­sis­tently at­tract more than 11 en­tries out­side of head­line events such as the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic.

Dun­lop Mo­tor­sport’s Michael But­ler, who of­fered tyre sup­port to Su­per Tour­ing teams in pe­riod, said: “Cars that are this ad­vanced need a be­spoke tyre.

“In the nineties, there were no lim­its on tyre de­vel­op­ment. We had qual­i­fy­ing tyres, spec­i­fi­ca­tions for sprint and en­durance races and dif­fer­ent tyres to suit each man­u­fac­turer. Mod­ern day his­toric rac­ing teams do not need this com­plex­ity. We’ve used the lat­est ma­te­ri­als to repli­cate the per­for­mance of that ‘tyre war’ era but with the dura­bil­ity and con­sis­tency that’s im­por­tant for a sea­son on a sus­tain­able bud­get.”

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