This weekend will see more action at the Silverstone circuit for Japanese motorsport tyre brand Yokohama. In addition to the BRDC Formula 4 series, both the Ariel Atom Cup and Sports 2000 championships will compete in their opening rounds, all using Yokohama ADVAN racing control tyres.
Yokohama has been control tyre on the Sports 2000 series for a number of years and the three-class series generates grids of more than 30 cars per round. The series provides exceptional racing thanks to the two engine options and the inclusion of historic cars, as well as huge variety thanks to the numerous car designs.
The two modern classes are based on the venerable Ford 'Pinto' SOHC engine block or the latter 16V DOHC Duratec version.
The Ariel Atom Cup is in its second year and is the only official race series for the exoskeletal supercar. Last year saw increasing grids as the season progressed, while this year organisers are predicting even larger grids thanks to the success of the first season.
Commenting, Head of Motorsport at UK distributor, Yokohama HPT Ltd Mark Evans, said; "I am delighted that we are continuing our long-standing relationship with the Sports 2000 series, as well as entering our second year in partnership with the Atom Cup.
"Sports 2000 has been a mainstay of British club motorsport for years and the variety of chassis and engines produces a huge field where virtually no two cars are identical. The racing is always superb and the size of the grids is staggering - a real success story.
"The Atom Cup race series was clearly what was needed in the UK - and it looks like this year will be even bigger and better than it was last, so it would seem the series has really taken off."
Fans can follow the Atom Cup on Motors TV with a review of the first round being shown at 18.25 on Thursday 1 May.