FIRST EQUIPMENT LOAD HEADED TO SHANGHAI FOR HISTORIC RACE The first load of equipment for the historic debut of the V8 Supercar Championship Series is on its way to China in a three metre high sea freight container fully loaded with 390 Dunlop...
FIRST EQUIPMENT LOAD HEADED TO SHANGHAI FOR HISTORIC RACE
The first load of equipment for the historic debut of the V8 Supercar Championship Series is on its way to China in a three metre high sea freight container fully loaded with 390 Dunlop wet weather tyres and associated tyre fitting machinery.
The Dunlop tyres will be used by V8 Supercar teams during the historic event at the Shanghai International Circuit on June 10-12. A further 650 Dunlop dry tyres are being sent direct from the Dunlop factory in Nagoya, Japan, leaving on May 20.
"The sheer size and scale of the logistics of taking our series to China are enormous," said V8 Supercar Championship Series Chief Executive Wayne Cattach.
"When you consider the tyres alone is such a large uplift then add 32 races cars, spare parts and panels, thousands of tools and up to 500 or so people you start to get the picture.
"For a sport such as ours to make this happen is an enormous credit to our organisation, the teams, the sponsors and everybody involved."
The wet weather Dunlop tyres are stacked nine high in the container. The tyres are 30cm wide, 68cm high and are fitted to the 17 inch carbon fibre wheels of a V8 Supercar. The major difference between that and a normal road tyre is the width and unique tread. A standard road tyre is around 22cm wide.
The 390 wet weather Dunlop tyres weigh just under five tonnes. The additional material weighs around one tonne.
Each team will be allowed 20 new Dunlop tyres for the Shanghai event. Normally they are allocated 12 new tyres for most events and can also choose from worn tyres they have used from previous events.