Patrik Sandell was confident in Red Bull Global Rallycross‘ new tyre for the 2016 season after the season opening rounds in Phoenix two weeks ago.
Driver got their first experience of the new tyre from BF Goodrich, who returned to the series replacing Yokohama, at the first rounds of the season. Sandell, who sits third in the standings, was positive over the new rubber, praising the their consistency and usability.
“Those tyres (BF Goodrich) are lasting a bit longer so when they start to fade out they don’t fade out as much as the tyres we have last year so those tyres are more easy to drive on,” he said. “I wouldn’t say they were more easy to get the very best out of them because I still think that all the teams have something to improve there but they drop down to maybe 90 per cent after one or two laps and then they stay pretty consistent”
Sandell, a driver who comes from a rallying background, also said the new rubber works very well on the dirt, and hoped that more off-road sections would feature in the series as a result.
“I like this tyre, and we have much better grip on dirt with this tyre so I really like that we can attack the dirt corners and hopefully we will have some nice dirt corners during this summer,” he added. “Fast speed dirt corners where we can really push it so I really cross my fingers that GRC will give us some dirt to play on.”