At this weekend’s Oulton Park round of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, Dunlop will introduce a new specification tyre for the series.
The ‘Dunlop Sport Maxx BTCC Medium’ will replace the previous medium-spec tyre and will give the drivers improved stability under braking and better durability during the course of the race.
“Even though we are the sole supplier, we are always looking to introduce new developments that can benefit the teams and the racing,” says Michael Butler, Dunlop’s BTCC Manager. “The new tyre uses new materials that have been proven in our successful GT Endurance racing programmes and we decided that applying these new technologies would benefit the BTCC tyre.”
The current Dunlop Sport Maxx BTCC Soft tyre will remain unchanged.
“We did see a bigger than expected difference between the two tyres at the recent Donington race, but this was due to colder than expected track conditions. During the summer months, we expect the performance difference between the current soft and the new medium to be similar to 2014. We will consider applying the same material changes to the 2016 soft tyre if we find it is necessary after analysing the results from this season.”
The new medium tyre was put under testing on different cars at Snetterton in 2014, as well as at the Brands Hatch and Donington Park pre-season tests.
Both tyre compounds will continue to be easily identified by different colour letters, with white ‘Dunlop’ logos on the soft compounds and black lettering on the medium tyre.
The BTCC season returns this weekend with races coming from Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit on June 6/7. As always, The Checkered Flag will report on all of the action.