Goodyear to supply European Le Mans Series teams
- FIA World Endurance Championship tyres to be developed for LMP2 teams for 2020
LMGTE category to be exclusively supplied by Goodyear in 2020.
Following Goodyear’s comeback to the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the tyre company has announced that it will offer the same specifications of tyres to teams in the top class (LMP2) of the 2020 European Le Mans Series.
Last month, Goodyear’s historic return to WEC marked a fresh commitment to top-level sportscar racing for the 14-time Le Mans 24 hour winning tyre brand. Since the comeback announcement, Goodyear teams have scored podium finishes and set pole position at the Fuji 6 hour race.
The cars in the top-class of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) run to the same specification as WEC, and this will allow Goodyear to accelerate the development of their latest generation endurance racing tyres as Ben Crawley, Director, Goodyear Racing, explains: “Goodyear is an industry leader in developing ultra high-performance tyres for sports cars. Our WEC comeback applies our knowledge and technology in one of the most demanding championships in racing. To extend this development to ELMS means we get to work with a wider range of cars, teams and drivers as well as showcase the Goodyear brand at some of Europe’s most prestigious circuits”
In parallel, ELMS has announced that all the entrants in the 2020 LMGTE class, for production-based supercars, will run on Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport racing tyres. The LMGTE class is open to a wide range of cars, including the Ferrari F488 GTE EVO, Porsche 911 RSR and Aston Martin Vantage V8.
Ben added: “The LMGTE category fits perfectly with Goodyear’s recent launch of the Eagle F1 SuperSport road-legal tyre. The ultimate version of this range, the Eagle F1 SuperSport RS has been homologated for the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and GT3 RS, and sizes are also being developed to fit models from other premium sports car manufacturers. In ELMS, we will supply a tyre range that offers the performance, parity, consistency and durability needed for a diverse range of cars.”
Gérard Neveu – ELMS CEO: “Goodyear is one of the iconic names in Motorsport. With fourteen 24 Hours of Le Mans victories, they bring vast experience as well as their prestige, investment and technology to the European Le Mans Series. We are proud that Goodyear have chosen WEC and ELMS to headline their return to international sportscar racing.”
The European Le Mans Series is the world’s leading continental endurance racing series with a series of 4-hour races at Barcelona, Monza, Le Castellet, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and Portimao. The 2020 season starts with the 4 hours of Barcelona on 5th April.
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