In a move that confirms its commitment to the burgeoning championship for globally regulated touring cars, official tyre supplier Goodyear has announced a brand-new three-year deal that will see it continue as technical partner to the TCR UK Championship until the end of 2024.
Goodyear has actively supported TCR UK over the past three seasons and, with twenty-six cars lining up for the opening rounds at Oulton Park over the Easter weekend, Goodyear UK Manager Mickey Butler is excited to see the championship in such good shape:
“Having been a part of the TCR UK programme since 2019, the progression that’s been made over the last twelve months is fantastic to see.
“When you consider where the championship has come from, surviving the sport’s challenges and a global pandemic, to become one of the biggest TCR series’ anywhere in the world, it’s testament to the hard work that has been put in behind the scenes.
“The level of interest was clear to see at the pre-season test and it’s going to be tremendous to watch the racing this season, with so many cars and drivers taking part.”
As well as being the only national-status, multi-marque touring car championship in the UK, Butler also sees TCR UK as a ladder of progression to the FIA World Touring Car Cup, which features the same specification cars and is also supported by Goodyear.
“As the supplier of the WTCR control tyre, drivers of TCR cars race on our product all over the world. It means that UK drivers that progress up the TCR ladder could race against the best in the world, continuing to use our product.”
Championship Manager Stewart Lines is delighted to continue the long-standing relationship with Goodyear:
“Micky and Goodyear have been fantastic supporters of TCR UK and have had faith in us every step of the way. I’m therefore pleased that this year with a significant increase in competitor numbers, we can show them their belief has been well and truly justified.”
Goodyear’s support not only sees the company continue as the supplier of controlled tyres for the championship but extends to the provision of on-event technical service and the sponsoring of awards, including the new-for-2022 Diamond Award for drivers aged over 40.