Goodyear has announced a long-term tyre supply agreement with leading historic motorsport promoters, Masters Historic Racing. The tyre supply agreement builds on Masters’ long standing relationships with the Goodyear-owned Dunlop and Avon brands, and marks the reintroduction of Goodyear into several premium championships, including events for Formula 1 and Le Mans cars.
Goodyear will supply tyres to the Masters Endurance Legends and Masters GT Trophy series from the beginning of 2024. These tyres will be manufactured alongside Goodyear’s contemporary FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series LMP2 and LMGT3 range. This will ensure the Masters’ prototypes and GT cars will benefit from the same consistency, performance and durability as the current cars.
Goodyear will also become the supplier for the Masters Racing Legends series for 1966 to 1985 Formula 1 cars. In an era spanning the eligibility period for the Masters championship, Goodyear dominated F1 and to become the most successful manufacturer in the history of the Formula. The newly-developed Goodyear F1 tyres will gradually replace the Avon brand in this category. There has been no mention of post historic tyres for Sportscars, but a Goodyear spokesman reiterated what we were told earlier in the year: Goodyear, “will be looking at every sector where there’s demand.”
The existing Dunlop-branded range of cross-ply treaded tyres for historic Pre-‘66 GT and touring cars will be expanded to support burgeoning grids, highlighting the company’s commitment to the sector. The Dunlop range gives truly authentic performance and aesthetics, complying with the FIA’s Appendix K regulations.
David Joy, Technical Leader and Sales Account Manager Historic, Goodyear EMEA, explained the scale of the company’s commitment, “The historic racing market is becoming increasingly diverse, spanning vintage to very recent cars. Across our Goodyear and Dunlop brands we have increased the size of our historic tyre portfolio with an investment in new sizes and specifications to ensure entrants have the most appropriate and authentic period tyres for their cars. It is a pleasure to commit to a long term partnership with Masters, who take a forward-thinking approach to historic motorsport.”
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