Dunlop, who are the Official Tyre Partner to the MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), have just introduced bigger tyre sizes and new constructions for the 2017 BTCC season, meaning that they have predicted a significant increase in grip and traction.
Dunlop has been the Official title sponsor to the MSA British Touring Car Championship since 2005, and has been the series sole supplier of tyres since the start of the 2003 season. In 2015, Dunlop announced a 5 year extension to their sponsorship, taking it to 2022.
Dunlop are changing their Sport Maxx BTCC range to be in a larger size of 265/660R18, compared to the previous 245/650R18, which means a width increase of 20mm. In addition to an increased size, the tyres will also have improved performance which will come from the use of advanced compounds. This will provide consistent, enduring performance and Dunlop are also introducing an enhanced construction to improve steering response and braking stability.
Spectators at the BTCC events will be able to follow who is using which tyre, due to a new naming convention. In all races, apart from Thruxton, the Sport Maxx Prime tyre will be used, which has been known before as the Sport Maxx Medium. As before, this tyre will be used by drivers in two of the three races at each BTCC event.
In one race at each event a Sport Maxx Option tyre will be used, which will be either a softer or harder compound than the Prime tyre. Dunlop will announce which Option tyre will be used at each circuit before the start of the season. Spectators will be able to differentiate between the two tyre types as the Sport Maxx Option tyre will have a dark grey sidewall, and the Sport Maxx Prime tyre will have bright yellow sidewalls.
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