Goodyear is the new tyre supplier of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and European Le Mans Series (ELMS), following decades of non-involvement in major International Motorsports. As the official tyre partner, Goodyear provides all LMP2 entrants in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, including cars from outside of WEC and ELMS. The cars will benefit from the latest developments in Goodyear Racing tyres. In addition, Goodyear will also increase its brand visibility on and off the track to support its launch of the latest range of Eagle F1 SuperSport tyres, featuring motorsport-derived technology.
Some of you might remember in the 70s and 80s that Goodyear was a proud tyre supplier of Formula 1. Goodyear shod F1 cars won 368 GPs.
A multi-year deal was signed between Goodyear and the organizers Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO). Previously, the WEC series had multiple tyre suppliers. The ACO made a move in the off season to appoint a single tyre supplier for the new season. Goodyear now officially supplies tyres to the LMP2 category. The 2020/21 WEC season, featuring 8 rounds, will kick off at Silverstone next September, before continuing across four continents around the world, and has its climax at the 24 hours of Le Mans in June 2021. Goodyear-equipped cars have won the Le Mans on 14 occasions, from 1960s till 1990s.
Apart from the WEC, Goodyear supplies to the ELMS, the continental endurance racing series. ELMS will begin in April 2021 with six races slated for six of Europe’s top circuits.
Gerard Neveu, CEO of the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, stated: “Since announcing its comeback this year, Goodyear’s commitment to top level performance has been very impressive. To win a World Championship’s LMP2 class at only the third attempt shows the investment, technology and dedication of the Goodyear team. We are proud to have Goodyear as a premium partner in WEC and ELMS, and our LMP2 teams will benefit from high level professional support to ensure the continuing close competition in the category.”