Aus GT permits tyre ovens for endurance series

Tom Howard

Wednesday 10th May, 2017 - 3:25pm

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Australian GT Endurance Championship will allow the use of tyre ovens this year

Organisers will allow the use of tyre ovens in the Australian GT Endurance Championship this season which begins at Phillip Island later this month.

Tyre ovens have become increasingly popular in GT racing making an appearance at this year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

The contraptions put a heat cycle through the rubber in preparation for use on the track.

A memo was sent to Australian GT teams this week confirming the change to the regulations.

It is hoped the use of the equipment will reduce the possibility of tyre damage caused by the high loads experienced at Phillip Island.

The opening round of the Australian Endurance Championship at Phillip Island last year was marred by a succession of Pirelli tyre failures.

Teams will run new Pirelli tyres this year, featuring strengthened sidewalls, which were run successfully in Europe last year.

“We are allowing the tyre warming cupboards at the endurance rounds following a review of the circuits we are competing at and in consultation with Pirelli,” said category manager Ken Collier.

“The latest GT3 cars are developing much more aerodynamic down force than in previous cars and this results in higher corner speeds and greater load on the tyre.

“Also, there have been occurrences of tyre damage through low pressures and/or excessive camber set-up which is a problem in qualifying sessions.

“Tyre warming is permitted in many GT races in Europe and it has been found to extend tyre life and assist in reducing the occurrence of set-up related damage to the tyres.

“We will continue to recommend minimum pressures and camber and we are also looking at the possibility of regulating these at each endurance event.”

The opening round of the Australian Endurance Championship is scheduled for May 26-28.

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