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YOKOHAMA EXTENDS COMMITMENT TO MOTORSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT Japanese tyre supplier YOKOHAMA will return home as the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) travels to Okayama, Japan, for the penultimate race weekend of the 2009 season on 1 ...

YOKOHAMA EXTENDS COMMITMENT TO MOTORSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT

Japanese tyre supplier YOKOHAMA will return home as the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) travels to Okayama, Japan, for the penultimate race weekend of the 2009 season on 1 November. Not only will YOKOHAMA be providing the control tyres for the WTCC, but in its continued commitment to motorsport, will also supply a range of teams competing in the inaugural Asian Le Mans Series, which is supporting the world-class touring car championship.

In accordance with its environmental policy, YOKOHAMA will be using 'green electricity' in its tyre service area during the weekend while preparing cars for the track. With the aim of reducing the use of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions, YOKOHAMA has partnered with Japan Natural Energy Company Limited and has been issued with a green certificate worth 1,000 kWh of energy using natural resources.

It is the second consecutive year that YOKOHAMA has used 'green electricity', generated by wind power, hydropower and biomass, at the Japanese rounds of the WTCC, as the fight against global warming is of high priority to the company across its business activities, including motorsport.

As the control tyre supplier for the WTCC, YOKOHAMA has also recently announced that it will provide the championship with ECO tyres from 2010. Comprised of a mixture of orange oil and rubber, previous components that are harmful to the environment have been removed.

"Not only is it our aim to deliver performance, but due to our awareness of environmental issues, we also supply competitors with an eco-friendly tyre option," said YOKOHAMA's Technical Department Manager, Susumu Watanabe. "The tyres have been developed to provide similar characteristics to the current tyre, but reduce damage to the planet."

Prior to next weekend's WTCC rounds, YOKOHAMA will also be supplying the control tyres for the FIA European Touring Car Cup (ETCC), which takes place at Braga's Circuito Vasco Samerio, Portugal, on 25 October. It has supported the series consecutively since 2005 and will award prize money of EUR 165.000 across each of the three categories: Super 2000, Super 1600 and Super Production. Coverage of the ETCC will be shown live on Sunday, with race one broadcast on Eurosport 2 at 13:00 (CET), followed by race two on Eurosport at 14:30 (CET).

The following weekend, coverage of the WTCC event will begin on Saturday 31 October, with qualifying shown live on Eurosport at 10:45 (CET). Race footage will also be shown live on Sunday 1 November, with race one broadcast at 05:30 (CET) followed by race two at 07:45 (CET). Eurosport will show behind-the-scenes footage with its 'Inside WTCC' programme at 23:15 (CET) on Tuesday 3 November, which will feature James Thompson in this edition.

Okayama track facts
Circuit length: 3,703 metres
Number of turns: 11
Race distance: 52 km
Fastest race lap: James Thompson (Honda Accord) 1:48.767 (122.56 kph)

-credit: yokohama

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