Goodyear is set to be the exclusive tyre supplier for the World Endurance Championship's (WEC) new LMGT3 class.
- Three-year contract starts from next season
- LMGT3 to replace LMGTE technical regulations used since 2012
Context: The American tyre company already supplies WEC's LMP2 class, so the expansion to include the new LMGT3 class is simple enough. The supplier role is particularly difficult at the moment with the banning of any form of tyre reheating, so securing an established player with knowledge of the series was crucial.
Comment: Richard Mille, International Automobile Federation (FIA) Endurance Commission president, said: “Tyres are one of the key areas which will evolve over the next couple of years. We have already moved away from tyre heating and we will be gradually reducing the number of available tyre compounds, therefore having an experienced partner that already knows both the FIA World Endurance Championship as well as GT3 racing is an asset.
“The fact that LMGT3 cars will run on commercially-available, off-the-shelf tyres is also a positive development that will bring down the costs for competitors.”
Coming next: WEC returns for its second round of the 2023 season with the 6 Hours of Portimão taking place this weekend on 16th April.