For the last four years we have been the sole tyre supplier to the F1 feeder series Auto GP, so what better way to entertain our retailers than inviting them to Silverstone to witness the UK round of this international championship, plus a host of other exciting races?
Which is exactly what we did on Sunday, May 24. Confirmed the chief host, Kumho’s motorsport-savvy Truck Tyre Manager Steve Miller:
“Together with our distributor Micheldever Tyre Services, we hosted 32 guests from 12 different retailers drawn from all over the country. They were not only treated to a pits walkabout and able to watch the weekend’s second exciting Auto GP event in the comfort of the Brooklands Suite, but meet the winner of Race 1 and current series leader, 34 year-old Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia.”
His entrée to Auto GP were the two 2012 Brazilian rounds, both of which he won outright. He then joined the championship full time last year. An F1 driver from 2003-2005 for Jaguar and then Williams, Antonio famously had a narrow escape at the 2003 British Grand Prix when he entered Silverstone’s Hangar Straight flat out to find a scantily-clad priest, Cornelius Horan, running down the track towards him – one of the more bizarre incidents in F1’s colourful history.
Our Silverstone party also met all three drivers (Sean Walkinshaw, Martin Plowman and Craig Dolby) of the Nissan GTR that finished 5th in the Blancpain GT round. Said Micheldever’s Account Manager Paula Wilkinson: “I have to say that the racing at Silverstone was brilliant, and probably the most expensive motorsport I have seen. All the customers had a really great time and the hospitality was second to none.”
We provide Auto GP with product aimed at giving the series’ drivers experience of the type of tyre management so fundamental to today’s Grand Prix racing – the level they all aspire to. Whereas the 2013 season’s tyres were closest to F3000 ones in terms of size, those created since are equivalent to those used in F1, ie 660-13 – 245mm wide at the front and 325mm at the rear. The next two races in the 12-round 2015 Auto GP series will take place at the Paul Ricard circuit, France on June 27/28.
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