As this summer’s weather becomes more and more unpredictable, with almost as many dry FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) races as there has been wet so far, Yokohama is making sure its ADVAN wet racing tyre provides the ultimate grip possible.The Japanese tyre manufacturer, sole supplier to both WTCC and Formula Master, has introduced a new wet weather tyre for the WTCC this year with improved compound and construction.
The ADVAN 240/610/R17 A006 is confirmed for the entire 2008 and 2009 seasons and incorporates non-aromatic oil in advance of the new 2010 regulations, which reflect European directives that no such oil can be included in tyre compounds.
“Aromatic oil is used throughout the tyre industry,” explains Yokohama Technical Consultant Ian Beveridge. “We know this will change in 2010 and, with the opportunity which arose in creating a new wet weather tyre for the WTCC, we have implemented this change in our compounds already.
“It’s important to be proactive in our development work and this was the perfect chance to see if removing aromatic oils would affect our way of producing tyres or our product’s performance. From the extensive use already completed thanks to the last few WTCC races occurring in wet weather conditions, we can report a positive outcome already; our tyres are as good as ever.”
Brno, Czech Republic track factsLength of circuit 5.403 kmNumber of corners 14Distance:turn ranking (1-10)* 4.36 (ninth most demanding 2008 WTCC track)Length of longest straight 636.56mRace distance 54.030 km (10 laps x 5.403 km)Average speed of 2007 winner J.Müller, 142.81kph (weather/track sun 26º/dry 52º)
* Where 10 is the 2008 WTCC circuit with the most turns/km
Qualifying Race One Race TwoWTCC Saturday 14 June
Eurosport 2 Sunday 15 June
12:00 CET Live
Eurosport Int. & Asia Pacific Sunday 15 June
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Eurosport Int. & Asia PacificF.Master n/a Saturday 14 June
12:15 CET Live
Eurosport Int. and Asia Pacific Sunday 15 June