ERJ staff report (TP)
Tokyo − Yokohama Rubber announced that it extended its contract with the Japanese Formula 3 Association for three more years.
According to the agreement, “Yokohama Rubber’s global flagship brand ADVAN racing tires will remain the control tires for All-Japan Formula 3 Championship races for the next three years through 2016.”
The press release said: "Yokohama Rubber has supplied tires to the series since 2011, and the contract extension reaffirms recognition that the tires fully meet the required performance and safety standards. The control tires will include the ADVAN A005 and the ADVAN A006 for use on wet surfaces. Both tires make use of Yokohama Rubber's proprietary orange oil compounding technique to ensure superior grip performance while enhancing environmental performance.
"Yokohama Rubber supplies control tires to many of the world's top-class formula races, including the Macao Grand Prix and the German Formula 3 Championship Series.
"The All-Japan Formula 3 Championship series was started in 1979, making it the longest-running race category in Japan. The series features no-frill formula racing cars designed solely for speed and driving performance. The All-Japan series, together with F3 series in other countries, is considered a springboard for young drivers hoping to become F1 drivers. The most successful drivers from the world's various F3 series gather each November to compete in the Macau Grand Prix and vie for F3 world champion."