Dunlop Unveils Details on New V8 Supercar Control Tyre
As the official tyre supplier to the V8 Supercars since 2002, this year is a milestone year for Dunlop with the Townsville 400 sponsorship as well as the introduction of the new 'SP Sport Maxx Sprint' soft option tyre at selected championship rounds.
"Arguably the largest change in the championship's history is the introduction of the SP Sport Maxx Sprint tyre to be used alongside Dunlop 's current SP Sport Maxx Control tyre at select races," Dunlop Brand Manager, Melissa Tilley said.
"As requested by V8 Supercars, the new 'Sprint' tyre's performance deteriorates with time, coming back to the lap times of the current 'Control' tyre after approximately 20 laps. It is approximately 1.5 to 2 seconds quicker per 60 second lap, and will last around 80 km."
"Therefore, strategies each team employs as to when they fit the 'Sprint' tyres will play a very important role and result in much more action both on track and in pit lane," she said.
V8 Supercars Australia CEO, Cameron Levick, said that this is an exciting development for the Championship.
"From a racing and entertainment perspective we have introduced a number of key changes this year, one of which is a softer compound tyre, with the specific purpose of creating more action for our fans," Mr Levick said.
"Dunlop went away with a brief last year to make this soft tyre and came back with the 'SP Sport Maxx Sprint' which we will introduce at the Winton event next month. It's a tyre that may be several seconds faster per lap than a hard compound tyre but also one that will wear much more quickly.
"Each car will have to use the tyre at certain times during selected race weekends. So, for a period of time, you potentially have several cars with a big advantage against others that don't. Then, as the tyres wear, the drivers that have chosen SP Sport Maxx Sprint tyre may find themselves battling for grip.
"That's exactly what we hope to create - faster cars, slower cars, plenty of passing and more on-track drama."
A soft tread compound has been adapted to the exact same casing as the current SP Sport Maxx Control tyre and will be used in the 'sprint' races, being introduced at Winton (VIC) and then used at Symmons Plains (TAS), Hidden Valley (NT), Ipswich (QLD), Sandown (VIC) and Barbagello (WA).
The SP Sport Maxx Sprint tyre will be recognisable both on and off the race track by a distinctive yellow marking on the wall of the tyre.