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Dunlop develops endurance tyres to retain 2013 titles

The announcement of the 2013 Le Mans and World Endurance Championship (WEC) entry lists heralds the beginning of Dunlop’s World and European endurance racing titles defence.

At least eight of twelve WEC LMP2 entrants and 13 of 22 Le Mans 24 Hour LMP2 contenders are due to be racing on Dunlop tyres. Four of the LMP2 reserve entries have also chosen Dunlop as their tyre supplier.

Dunlop has high hopes for retaining its prototype winning form. The Birmingham, UK based tyre supplier took 2012 LMP2 titles in the WEC and at the Le Mans 24 Hours with Starworks Motorsport but 2012 was no fluke; the previous year Dunlop shod Greaves Motorsport won the triple with LMP2 titles in the WEC forerunner Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, European Le Mans Series and at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The GT category will also contain Dunlop representatives including the Dunlop art car JMW Ferrari which took the European Le Mans Series class win last season.

Taking the #56 garage allocated to a vehicle developing pioneering technology is the Green GT H2, the first prototype electric/hydrogen competition car, with Dunlop as Green GT’s chosen tyre partner.

Designers have been working throughout the off-season to improve the tyre constructions and compounds, and Dunlop has invited existing and potential customers to a European test in the forthcoming weeks to sample the new products.

James Bailey, Director, Marketing and Communications, Dunlop Motorsport Europe: “Dunlop was the choice of champions in 2012 and we have been working hard over the winter to make sure that our partners and customers have the best we can offer to help secure more titles for 2013. Part of our work has been working on a new tyre that warms up as quickly as a soft tyre but has the life-span characteristics of a hard tyre. We have made advances on durability and longevity while maintaining consistency. For us consistency is paramount – we want every driver to have confidence in his tyres from the out lap to the last lap of his stint. We are optimistic that the improvements will help our teams to retain the titles won on Dunlops last year.