Japanese GP: Bridgestone Box Kart race report

Bridgestone wins in Suzuka Bridgestone Motorsport has scored an impressive victory in the 2010 Suzuka Box Kart Race in the build- up to the Japanese Grand Prix. This event saw Bridgestone's Formula 1 Potenza wind tunnel tyres victorious on...

Bridgestone wins in Suzuka

Bridgestone Motorsport has scored an impressive victory in the 2010 Suzuka Box Kart Race in the build- up to the Japanese Grand Prix.

This event saw Bridgestone's Formula 1 Potenza wind tunnel tyres victorious on their competitive debut in front of many Formula 1 fans and team personnel.

The competition saw a number of teams push-start their self-built karts down the Suzuka main straight against the clock, with a slalom section to test handling agility. Bridgestone's winning machine was built by a team of Bridgestone's finest tyre engineers in their spare time. Mindful of the competition's judging criteria, the kart was built to satisfy originality and entertainment requirements.

The kart featured Formula 1 tyres at the back and the wind tunnel tyres at the front. Uniquely, the Make Cars Green campaign was promoted through the addition of a band of green rubber compound on the tread section of the tyres.

The event was not just about the kart producing the fastest time. The squad of engineers had to perform in front of the cameras to show off the virtues of their bid for victory, with Bridgestone's team performing a full pit departure complete with tyre blankets.

The competition consisted of many bicycle and go-kart based vehicles, whilst Bridgestone's chassis featured a bolted metal section and front and rear wings.

Such was the challenge of the competition that one rival struggled to reach the finish line without illegal driver assistance and another required last minute repairs before it started.

Bridgestone's team even had to fend off high calibre opposition from HRT F1 Team driver Sakon Yamamoto, who fielded a commercial kart chassis with its engine removed and modified to use scooter wheels and tyres.

Commenting on the fine victory, Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Hirohide Hamashima explained, "This was a tough competition and our engineers dedicated their personal time to build the kart with an absolute minimal budget.

"Our engineers opted to highlight the strengths of Bridgestone's Potenza Formula 1 tyres and I am happy that our wind tunnel tyres have featured in a victory on their competitive debut.

"Our engineers once more showed their Passion for Excellence and I am very proud of their superb performance. Thank you to Suzuka circuit for their highly entertaining event."

-source: bridgestone

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