ERJ staff report (TP)
Melksham, UK – Avon Tyres has introduced a new tire to the British GT championship for the 2015 season.
It has been three years since the British company introduced a new tire to the championship, after series organiser – SRO Motorsports Group – requested that the tires “remain the same thanks to team and driver satisfaction”.
However, for next season, there will be a compound change for the new Avon slick, which will be supplied to all GT3 and GT4 teams.
It has been developing and carrying out testing of the new British GT tire at various European circuits, most recently at Snetterton, UK with marques including McLaren, Bentley, Aston Martin and Ferrari.
Avon Tyres technical manager – Motorsport, Mike Lynch, said: “The new tire has delivered peak lap times that are similar to, or better than, the 2014 tire.
“However, the main focus has been on significantly improving the tire performance throughout the range of ambient conditions. In all respects, we are extremely pleased with the test results from our significant UK, German and Italian test programs. We look forward to even closer and more competitive racing next year.”
As part of Avon’s commitment to the British GT Championship, the Melksham-based company is also investing in a range of moulds to provide further improved wet tires to GT3. The revised wet specification will feature a new pattern, replacing the wets that have previously had a hand cut tread.
In 2015, Avon Tyres will be entering its ninth year of supporting the championship, which has had “bumper grids” this season at all seven venues visited across the UK and including Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.