Kumho have been supplying all the tyres for the blue riband Formula 3 Zandvoort Masters since 2002, and was therefore very much in evidence at the 25th running of the event last weekend (September 18-20).
Sunday’s 25 lap grand final fell to the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, who eventually fought off a determined challenge from fellow Carlin driver George Russell of Britain to take the chequered flag by 8.427 seconds.
Said a delighted Giovinazzi: “I saw George was behind me and I did the first three laps 100 percent, after which I saved my Kumho tyres for the end of the race.”
In becoming the Masters Champion, 21-year-old Giovinazzi follows in the wheel tracks of reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton and other current Grand Prix stars Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hülkenburg; not to mention the senior formula’s youngest ever recruit, Max Verstappen, who won the Masters meeting last year.
Making the most of our long standing role in the event, Kumho invited guests from Sweden and the UK, and Dawa Däck and their customers along with representatives from commercial tyre specialists Barry Shaddick Tyres and Jetyres were treated to a weekend long mix of motorsport and excursions to Amsterdam – with Kumho’s Head of Sales for Northern Europe Sungyong Lee in attendance, the party enjoyed the ‘Heineken Experience’ and a canal tour of the city before dining at Staets Restaurant. While at the circuit, the group was kept busy with garage tours of the competing teams; a face-to-face chat with up-and-coming young Indian driver Arjun Maini; a photoshoot with the Kumho Tyre grid girls; and a grid walk prior to the start of Sunday’s race. The privileged finale to an action packed trip for the Kumho guests was being personally addressed by the race winner in their hospitality suite – a fitting end to a memorable weekend.
The tyre on which the Masters final was run, was the latest version of Kumho’s proven S700 slick, that’s available in 13, 15, 17 and 18 in sizes and hard, medium and soft compounds. The wet weather version, the W700, was also available to the teams throughout the weekend.
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