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All Eyes on the Dunlop in Ipswich and Winton

Dunlop head into the halfway mark of the V8 Supercar Championship Series season at the City of Ipswich circuit and Winton Raceway with high expectations after the sole tyre supplier to the V8 Supercar Championship Series introduced a new, control tyre at Darwin's Hidden Valley.

Kevin Fitzsimons, Dunlop's V8 Supercar operations manager, said that the new control tyre went well at Hidden Valley but both Ipswich and Winton would truly test the consistency of the new tyre.

"The overall results of the new Dunlop control tyre were very good with regards to durability and consistency, whilst the wear rates were a little higher this was understandable with the tyre reaching temperatures of around 100 degrees operating in conditions that reached around 40 degrees on the track."

"The overall results of the new Dunlop control tyre were very good with regards to durability and consistency, whilst the wear rates were a little higher this was understandable with the tyre reaching temperatures of around 100 degrees operating in conditions that reached around 40 degrees on the track."

"To have Darwin, Queensland and Victoria races back to back at this time of year is a true test of the consistency of the tyre over a broad range of conditions as we are anticipating anything as low as nine degrees on track at Winton."

"I was generally very pleased with the way things went at Darwin. I anticipated it would take a bit of time for the teams to get a handle on the new tyre but overall the majority of teams were pleased with how they adjusted to the new tyre," explained Kevin.

"I have said previously that by the time we get to Phillip Island both ourselves here at Dunlop and the teams will be fully accustomed to the new control tyre and it will be business as usual. This is still the case and I'm looking forward to the second half of the season."

August 2008