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Goodyear to take over as BTCC tyre supplier

Goodyear will take over from sister company Dunlop as official tyre supplier to the British Touring Car Championship from the 2020 season.

The move to bring the brand back into UK motorsport comes after Goodyear announced a return to the international arena in the World Endurance Championship – where it is providing tyres for a number of LMP2 teams in the 2019/20 season.

The new agreement will run until the end of the 2021 season, with discussions set to take place before then on the requirements of tyres that will be needed when the BTCC introduces new hybrid technology in 2022.

“The recent launch of Goodyear’s Eagle F1 SuperSport range and relaunch into motorsport shows how the brand is applying itself to a broader range of initiatives within the ultra-high-performance automotive sector,” Goodyear motorsport director Ben Crawley said.

“The BTCC is one of the best-loved, most famous motor racing championships in the world and it will provide a great opportunity for Goodyear to get close to the hearts and minds of motorsport enthusiasts. We are thrilled to be partnered with the championship from 2020.”

BTCC chief executive Alan Gow said he was pleased that Goodyear has chosen the series for the latest phase of its expansion.

“Goodyear has a proud and proven history in motorsport, spanning multiple decades and championships,” he said. “They provide knowledge from a global programme of racing experience making them a strong partner for the championship going forward. It also gives Goodyear the ideal opportunity to further increase their brand awareness via the UK’s largest motorsport championship. We are looking forward to welcoming the brand into the