Motorsport Tyres Victoria has seen the prominence of the event as the natural fit for Hankook, with owner Russell Palmer supporting the event in many ways, including tyre advice, sales and support leading up to the event and throughout the weekend.
The changeable weather meant that both hard- and soft-compound tyres were used at different times depending on the teams’ respective strategies. The MICHELIN Pilot Sport H2 (hard) was the preferred choice for Friday’s dry roads, but the softer S2 version was the chief option for the remainder of the rally, including for the visits to the notoriously punishing Panzerplatte test.
It was Michelin ambassador, and five-time champion, Craig Baird that maximised the grip of his Michelin tyres to him to carve his way through the field after qualifying in 7th position. He finished the race just ahead of Michael Patrizi, and the two Championship front runners, Steven Richards and Warren Luff.
The tyre manufacturer will continue to supply racing tyres from its Extreme Contact range and provide on-track support at both the Tudor Championship and Continental Tyre Challenge events. The extended agreement also gives Continental ongoing logo placement on cars in classes where its tyres are used.
“We’re really pleased to be returning to the Isle of Man after Dunlop’s success in June. The Classic TT is growing in popularity year on year and cannot be ignored as one of the most popular road racing events in the UK,” Mark Sears, Dunlop’s Motorcycle product support manager, said.
Daniel Ricciardo has won his second consecutive grand prix, from fifth on the grid in Belgium. The Australian used a two-stop strategy, starting with two stints on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre and finishing the grand prix on the P Zero White medium.
The latest RK will be brought to Germany in both RK5A hard and RKW7 soft compounds, the hard being the prime choice and the soft being the option. The consistency and durability of the hard tyre has improved, while the soft benefits from improved wet-weather performance.
The key to Spa is managing the colossal amount of energy going through the tyres, from every direction. At Eau Rouge, for example, the engines are at maximum power, the cars are travelling at 300kph, and there is a negative compression in the region of 1g, as well as about 5g of lateral force.
And according to Crash.net, we may not have too many years to wait for even larger tyres with Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery stating that Pirelli is more interested in the 19-inch size than the 18-inch, even though the latter could be ready for use in 2016.
As rain tyres were used during some point of the race, the rule of having to use both types of dry compounds was no longer valid. This then made for some very exciting racing with positions being swapped constantly, not only at the top but all the way down through the field and various strategies being at play.