ERJ staff report (DS)
London -- Michelin is to become the exclusive tyre partner to A1GP World Cup of Motorsport starting with the 2008/09 season. The French company which has a vast motorsport heritage has signed a three year deal to provide tyres for the new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car.
Tyres for the current season are supplied by Cooper Tire Europe through its Avon Tyres Racing operation based in Melksham, Wiltshire, UK. Cooper began supplying tyres with the first season of the A1GP series in September 2005.
A1GP said Michelin tyre technicians have been working hard with the A1GP technical personnel to provide the best possible rubber for the series. Since the Powered by Ferrari car had its first run in Fiorano in late May it has been using the company's tyres and has clocked up over 4,000 kilometres on tracks in Italy and Spain.
â€œWe are very pleased to be working with Michelin for the next three seasons," said A1GP general manager, technical and operations, John Wickham. "Michelin has a vast amount of experience in motorsport and will enhance the competitive nature of our series. We commenced the test programme at the beginning of June and have now specified the most suitable tyre compound and construction for our new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car.
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Press release from A1GP