Imola: Yokohama preview

Can BMW repeat their Oschersleben double victory? AN EASY RIDE OUT OF EUROPE The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) travels to Imola, Italy, on 19-20 September, for the last European race weekend of 2009, before moving to Asia for the...

Can BMW repeat their Oschersleben double victory?

AN EASY RIDE OUT OF EUROPE

The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) travels to Imola, Italy, on 19-20 September, for the last European race weekend of 2009, before moving to Asia for the four last rounds of the season. The Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari will play host to rounds 19 and 20 and will welcome YOKOHAMA, the official championship tyre supplier, back to Northern Italy.

Imola, renowned as the home of Italian motorsport, once known for its high speed corners, has now been emasculated with chicanes in order to improve safety and quell fears of serious accidents. The result is a circuit which proves little to test the quality of the YOKOHAMA product, as the tyre manufacturer has worked hard over the last three seasons to develop tyres, which are versatile enough to handle different track dynamics.

By working to meet the extremities of other circuits the Japanese tyre manufacturer, which is respected and established in motorsport, has developed a product which will cope with the demands of the Imola circuit.

"Imola is one of the easier circuits we visit," said YOKOHAMA's Technical Consultant, Ian Beveridge. "If you take a look at the calendar, there are tracks like Oschersleben where we have to cope with severe braking and Pau where the cars are really riding the kerbs."

"We have developed a tyre that works well throughout the WTCC calendar, and now have several seasons under our belt. So when we visit somewhere like Imola we know the tyre is going to give the high-performance that is expected."

"Even if it was to stop raining on the grid, we are confident that the wets would allow drivers to get through the race on a drying track. Our job has been to develop a high-end product which keeps the cars on the asphalt, so spectators can enjoy the great racing WTCC offers. Whether it is wet, dry or anywhere in between we are confident that our YOKOHAMA product will deliver good performance."

WTCC will travel to Okayama, Japan, on 1 November 2009 for the penultimate race meeting of the 2009 season.

Eurosport International will broadcast the Imola qualifying live on Saturday 19 September. Live rounds will start on Sunday 20 September at 09:00 (CET) with the WTCC warm-up. Coverage will continue with race one at 12:30 (CET) and race two at 14:30 (CET).

-credit: yokohama

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