IRC: Yokohama Rally Sardinia preview

GIRL POWER OPTS FOR YOKOHAMA PERFORMANCE Japanese tyre supplier YOKOHAMA will support the debut of the first all-female Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) team, which takes place at the Rally d'Italia Sardegna, Italy, on 4-6 June 2010.

GIRL POWER OPTS FOR YOKOHAMA PERFORMANCE

Japanese tyre supplier YOKOHAMA will support the debut of the first all-female Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) team, which takes place at the Rally d'Italia Sardegna, Italy, on 4-6 June 2010. Turkish nationals Burcu Cetinkaya and Cicek Guney will compete for team Peugeot Sport Turkiye on YOKOHAMA ADVAN tyres for the first of their seven-event IRC schedule.

Driver Cetinkaya and co-driver Guney have competed in several rally events together, including the World Rally Championship, where they finished 12th overall in the Rally of Turkey. The pair will make their IRC debut on Sardinian gravel in a 280bhp, four-wheel drive Peugeot 207 Super 2000 rally car, which for the past two seasons has secured the IRC title.

In advance of the team's first event, YOKOHAMA has joined Peugeot Sport Turkiye in Sardinia this week to test its tyres and ensure that the team finds the right set-up for each of the weekend's stages.

"We're very excited to compete in the series," said pilot Cetinkaya. "We have worked hard and completed 90km of testing in Sardinia for this weekend's rally. I'm very pleased with the YOKOHAMA tyres: they are especially good and fast on gravel, and we know exactly which tyre and compound on each stage of the event.

YOKOHAMA has put in a great effort for the series. It will be difficult as the level of competition is very high with some very good drivers but we're ready to fight!"

The tyres used during a gravel rally such as this need to have a stiffer construction and a relatively hard compound so YOKOHAMA's engineers developed an improved range of tyres for test and rally. YOKOHAMA's Technical Consultant Ian Beveridge explains: "Sardinia is a really tough event as the surface is very abrasive and with temperatures high, it can be a hostile environment for tyres. Compared to our other racing ADVAN tyres those designed for rallying must be much stronger to cope with sharp stones and withstand the impact of competing on uneven surfaces. The tread pattern is also more open and aggressive to bite through the loose surface and give good mechanical grip."

YOKOHAMA's European Motorsports Manager, Farid Al-Samarrai added: "We're very happy that the season is really starting for us, especially after such a successful testing session. The Peugeot Sport Turkey team is really energetic and motivated, so we're very proud to be supporting them and their all-female line-up."

-source: yokohama

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