Dunlop, the official tire supplier to the V8 Supercar Championship Series, is all set to take on the extreme conditions that lie ahead at the inaugural Desert 400 race in Bahrain, November 23 -25. Ford Performance Racing driver, Mark Winterbottom, who is currently in third position in the Championship series, emphasises the challenge that lies ahead at Bahrain as he hopes to make it three podium finishes in a row.
â€œBahrainâ€™s International Circuit, which hosted the first round of the 2006 Formula One season, will set the stage for a great race as drivers battle to secure series points,â€ Mark said. â€œBahrain has everything you want in a circuit: hairpins, blind corners and fast long straights so youâ€™ll be seeing some heavy, last minute braking.
â€œEvery lap will be a hard fought challenge and Iâ€™m expecting the 50C on-track temperatures will come into play during the three demanding races totalling 400km,â€ he said. Kevin Fitzsimons, Dunlopâ€™s V8 Supercar operations manager, believes that Bahrain brings together the smooth, fast track of Shanghai, with the plus 30C temperatures of Darwin.
â€œFrom all accounts, weâ€™re expecting a hot, smooth and extremely fast circuit in Bahrainâ€™s desert conditions and weâ€™re confident that Dunlopâ€™s control tyre will continue to perform at maximum efficiency,â€ Mr Fitzsimons said. “Each racing car will be limited to 20 tyres, eight for practice and 12 for racing, which is a total of 620 wheels to be supplied for the second last race of the 2006 calendar.â€
The Dunlop V8 Supercar control tire is manufactured at the company’s specialised racing tyre factory in Nagoya, Japan, where each of the 9000 tyres provided during the 2006 calendar take more than three hours to be hand-crafted.
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