The TCR UK Series announced that it has selected Yokohama to be the official tyre partner for the series. The announcement was made at the Autosport International Show at the NEC in Birmingham last week.
Yokohama was chosen thanks to its long association with Touring Car racing, having supplied tyres to the FIA World Touring Car Championship for the past 11 years and propelling a number of star names to the British Touring Car title in the series’ glory years of the 1980s and 1990s.
This announcement is one of the final pieces of the jigsaw to fall into place, allowing teams to start testing with the tyres they’ll be using when TCR UK gets underway at Silverstone over the Easter weekend (March 31st/April 1st).
A choice of two tyres will be supplied to TCR UK competitors: for dry tracks, cars will be fitted with Yokohama’s A005 racing slick tyre, with the company’s A006 rain tyre provided for wet conditions. Both options will be provided in 250/660R18 size.
Mark Evans, Head of Motorsport for Yokohama HPT commented:
“The new TCR UK Series is set to be one of the most exciting series in British Motorsport and we’re incredibly proud that Yokohama is playing a pivotal role from the outset.
The cars will be fitted with our proven Motorsport products, which have delivered fantastic successes for many drivers around the world. Given their impressive levels of performance and reliability, we are confident that the tyres will help produce a first class racing spectacle.”
Jonathan Ashman, the Promoter of TCR UK, added:
“We are delighted to confirm Yokohama as our tyre partner ahead of our maiden season. Their heritage in World and British Touring Cars speaks for itself, so we know our competitors will be using the best tyres available.”
“Also, because of the way TCR has spread across the world, we’ve always wanted to make it as easy as possible for our teams and drivers to compete in other TCR championships should they so wish. Having experience of such a strong tyre partner as Yokohama should stand them in good stead wherever they go.”
As per usual, I will be keeping things up to date on here with the blog as well as with the members of the TCR Talk International Facebook Group & the TCR Talk UK Facebook Group & The TCR UK Fans Group who will also be sharing their thoughts as well as any news from FIA WTCR, The TCR Europe Series, Domestic TCR Series and any news on the TCR UK Series that starts in 2018.
Please note that all images in this blog post are used courtesy of WSC/TCR International Series
Until next time, all the best!