Following Goodyear’s comeback to the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the tyre company has announced that it will offer the same specifications of tyres to teams in the top class (LMP2) of the 2020 European Le Mans Series.
Last month, Goodyear’s historic return to WEC marked a fresh commitment to top-level sportscar racing for the 14-time Le Mans 24 hour winning tyre brand. Since the comeback announcement, Goodyear teams have scored podium finishes and set pole position at the Fuji 6 hour race.
The cars in the top-class of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) run to the same specification as WEC, and this will allow Goodyear to accelerate the development of their latest generation endurance racing tyres as Ben Crawley, director of Goodyear Racing explained: “Goodyear is an industry leader in developing ultra high-performance tyres for sports cars. Our WEC comeback applies our knowledge and technology in one of the most demanding championships in racing. To extend this development to ELMS means we get to work with a wider range of cars, teams and drivers as well as showcase the Goodyear brand at some of Europe’s most prestigious circuits.”
In parallel, ELMS has announced that all the entrants in the 2020 LMGTE class, for production-based supercars, will run on Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport racing tyres. The LMGTE class is open to a wide range of cars, including the Ferrari F488 GTE EVO, Porsche 911 RSR and Aston Martin Vantage V8.
Crawley added: “The LMGTE category fits perfectly with Goodyear’s recent launch of the Eagle F1 SuperSport road-legal tyre. The ultimate version of this range, the Eagle F1 SuperSport RS has been homologated for the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and GT3 RS, and sizes are also being developed to fit models from other premium sports car manufacturers. In ELMS, we will supply a tyre range that offers the performance, parity, consistency and durability needed for a diverse range of cars.”
The European Le Mans Series is the world’s leading continental endurance racing series with a series of 4-hour races at Barcelona, Monza, Le Castellet, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and Portimao. The 2020 season starts with the 4 hours of Barcelona on April 5.