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Goodyear is New Tyre Partner of WEC and ELMS

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.”

Toyota Racing prepares for final season in WEC and Le Mans

Le Mans Champions Toyota Racing is preparing for a last hurrah in the upcoming WEC (World Endurance Championship) season and Le Mans. The squad of course captured the WEC titles and Le Mans without major challenges from factory-backed squads. In the new season, they wish to make it three-in-a-row at the Le Mans. Toyota Racing made their debut in the WEC in 2016.

The new season 2019/20 will feature eight races, spanning the UK, USA, South America, Asia and Middle-east. The shakedown or prologue is scheduled for 1 September at the Silverstone track. Toyota Racing is an obvious favorite without an obvious rival for a third consecutive title. The 2018 TS050 Hybrid became the first Toyota to win a Le Mans race. They are, however, not the first Japanese manufacturer to win that honor; that honor belongs to Mazda in 1991. Still, Toyota holds the honor of winning the Le Mans twice, and they’re now gunning for a three-peat.

For the new season, the same LMP1 car Toyota uses gets some modifications with revised aerodynamics and further fine-tuning of mechanical parts for reliability. The pilots confirmed for the new season are returnees, with the exception of former Le Mans winner Brendon Hartley, who’d a stint at Porsche in its heydays. Car no.7 once again has Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López at the helm. Sister car no.8 is driven by Hartley, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima. Meanwhile, Thomas Laurent is the test and reserve driver and will share driving duties with Signatech Alpine in an LMP2 racer.

Lopez remarked. “Mike, Kamui and I have one objective and that is to win races and the championship – and to take revenge at Le Mans. The new regulations for 2020-2021 are very exciting and we look forward to racing against other manufacturers again, which will be fun. But the downforce, the speed, the power of the TS050 Hybrid is amazing and I am sure that one day I will say that I was lucky to have the opportunity to race such a car.”

Hartley, the newbie, commented, “I fell in love with Le Mans when I first raced there in 2012 so, after missing two years, I can’t wait to return. Since Le Mans I had my first real test in the TS050 Hybrid and I am already feeling at home in the car and up to speed. My goals are always personal rather than results based.”

It all starts with the prologue, 4 Hours of Silverstone, then the first of eight races on four continents featuring a combined 66 hours of racing on historic tracks such as Sebring, Spa-Francorchamps and Fuji Speedway, ending at Le Mans on 13-14 June 2020.

2019-2020 WEC Calendar

1 September 4 Hours of Silverstone
6 October 6 Hours of Fuji
10 November 4 Hours of Shanghai
14 December 8 Hours of Bahrain
1 February 6 Hours of Sao Paulo
20 March 1000 Miles of Sebring
2 May 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
13-14 June Le Mans 24 Hours

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