Goodyear FIA ETRC 2022: Goodyear completes another successful season of heavyweight racing
Goodyear has completed another spectacular season of truck racing action, demonstrating the performance, durability and sustainability of its truck tyre technology. The 2022 Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship season drew to a close in Jarama, Spain on 2nd October, the last of eight rounds.
A dominant Norbert Kiss won his fourth title in Goodyear FIA ETRC, with Teo Calvet fending off close competition to win the Goodyear FIA ETRC Promoter’s Cup.
The championship had some special highlights, including the 100,000 fans that packed out the Nürburgring in July, and the exciting races at Le Mans watched by 70,000 spectators, as Goodyear added to its illustrious history at the French circuit, which includes 14 overall wins in the car 24 hour race.
A total of 24 drivers representing four manufacturer teams competed in 2022, delighting fans with flat-out racing action.
The Goodyear tires performed exceptionally over the course of the season. The tyres are built using comparable carcass to commercial truck tyres, the tread and tread compound are modified to provide the needed grip on wet and dry conditions and to help deal with the heat generated by the drivers pushing the 5.3-tonne trucks to the limit at over 160 km/h.
Tires at the centre of Goodyear FIA ETRC’s sustainability push
Goodyear’s commitment to the championship means it will continue to work closely with the ETRA (European Truck Racing Association) and the FIA to introduce new technologies and innovations in the years to come to make further steps forward in sustainability. These will go towards continuing to make the championship competitive, exciting and sustainable.
The championship is committed to helping accelerate the transition to a sustainable future and has committed to reaching net zero by 2038 at the latest, a target outlined in the Paris Agreement. In transport, tires play a crucial role in lowering overall emissions with technology that lowers rolling resistance and methods of manufacturing that are kind to the environment.
The championship already made the shift to fully sustainable HVO biodiesel in 2021, and Goodyear’s racing tires are given an extended life through retreading, an identical service that is available to Goodyear’s commercial vehicle tyre customers across Europe. This means that the tires used in the Goodyear FIA ETRC are then retreaded into standard on-road products that can be used by transportation fleets.
Maciej Szymanski, Marketing Director for Commercial Europe, Goodyear said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in the Goodyear FIA ETRC for making this year such a success. From a Goodyear perspective, there are many parallels between the work that goes into creating the ultimate truck racing tire and a tire that delivers for fleet operators around Europe. The two worlds are dedicated to maximising results and extracting the most performance and efficiency from its vehicles. In this regard, we couldn’t be happier with the way these two areas of the Goodyear business support each other.”
“Goodyear and the ETRC share the same goal, which is to drive forward more sustainable solutions in the road haulage industry,” said ETRA Managing Director Georg Fuchs. “The series provides the perfect test lab for innovation and over the last few years we have already been able to provide valuable findings for Goodyear and their road relevant developments. The introduction of the retreading program is the next step towards a more sustainable future, and we are proud, that Goodyear road tires will carry a bit of the truck racing DNA in them” - he added.
Davide Califano, Head of Brand and Product Marketing for Commercial Europe, Goodyear, explains how the partnership between the championship and Goodyear is so valuable: “The activity we do on-track gives us an important advantage when it comes to researching and developing new specifications of truck tires. Using Goodyear FIA ETRC as a test bed has been invaluable to our development program. The insights we are able to discover allow us to work on a better product for both the track and the road.”
Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 74,000 people and manufactures its products in 57 facilities in 23 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.