By Alex Kapadia
Dunlop are set to embark on a record-breaking logistical mission to transport 6,500 tyres to Dubai for a racing spectacular.
The sixth annual ‘Dunlop 24hrs of Dubai’ race kicks off this weekend and the tyres manufacturer will attempt the biggest ever logistics operation in its history.
It is also the largest racing grid ever featuring one single tyre brand and has already attracted an impressive 87 entries comprising an eclectic mix of exotic sportscars and touring cars.
Every competitor will race on Dunlop Tyres, with the organisers having tested the durability, performance and consistency of the Dunlop range in last year’s event.
The full grid of cars is believed to be the largest ever racing grid of cars on one single brand of tyre in the history of International Endurance Motorsport.
Dunlop will be supplying 6500 tyres for this race. The logistics operation is incredible – 14 shipping containers have been despatched to Dubai and 38 skilled tyre technicians will service the cars.
Gary Wassell, Car Motorsport Manager, is proud of the operation to get Dunlop to the chequered flag of this gruelling race. “It is our single biggest ever logistics operation in the century-long history of Dunlop Motorsport.
“We will be taking 74 different specifications of Dunlop tyre to cater for the incredibly diverse grid of cars. The organisers ‘Creventic’ have done a superb job to attract entries from all over the world.”
The line-up features supercars as diverse as the latest Mercedes Benz SLS AMG competing against Ferrari F430GT2, Porsche 911GT3, Lamborghini Gallardo, Aston Martin Vantage and Corvette racing cars. In the highly competitive production touring car classes, racecars such as the Seat Leon, Mini Cooper and RenaultSport Clio add to the challenge for the Dunlop technicians.
Dunlop’s racing tyres are designed and built at the company’s Motorsport Technical Centre in Birmingham, UK.
The company have an impressive record in endurance racing, with more wins in the iconic Le Mans 24hour race than any other tyre company.
In 2010, Dunlop won arguably the toughest endurance race of all, the Nurburgring 24 hours as Official Technical Partner to BMW’s M3 GT2 racing team.