Goodyear tyre test feedback suggests WTCR drivers can push all race long
WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup drivers should be able to push all race long during the 2020 season.
That’s according to initial feedback from Goodyear’s successful two-day WTCR tyre test at the Parcmotor circuit in Castellolí, near Barcelona, last week.
Having made its eagerly anticipated return to international racing last summer, Goodyear is the Official Tyre Supplier to the WTCR under a three-year agreement with the FIA and WTCR promoter Eurosport Events from 2020.
To prepare for the upcoming season, which is due to fire into life at WTCR Race of Hungary from 24-26 April*, Goodyear organised the two-day session in Spain where the five types of TCR car set for action in the 2020 WTCR were used for a series of qualifying and race simulations.
Goodyear is using one dry weather specification tyre in 2020, designed to meet the demands of the wide range of circuits on the WTCR calendar with a focus on durability and consistency.
The design incorporates learnings from testing carried out in the Nürburgring Nordschleife-based VLN endurance series to ensure Goodyear is well prepared for WTCR Race of Germany, which takes place on the legendary 25.378-kilometre layout in May.
While the teams worked on optimising the camber, spring rates and pressures to suit the new tyre, Goodyear’s focus during the two-day test was on building a working relationship with the teams and advising them on how to optimise the performance of the tyres.
Most teams were able to run lower camber settings than previously to extract performance from the tyre. This is also set to enhance durability over a race distance, meaning drivers can push harder for longer.
Michael Butler, Goodyear’s UK Events Manager, said: “The WTCR teams were very cooperative and open with their feedback. We worked closely with them to get the optimum performance from the new tyres. One team remarked that the new tyre means they will change their approach to race strategy thanks to the consistency over a long race run allowing the tyres to be pushed hard for a race distance. Indeed, one driver did a 60-kilometre run and the difference from the first lap to the last lap was only half a second.”
*Subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council ratification