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February 2016

By Tom Shattock

Posted in Motorsports

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Ecsta TW02 Full Wets help Crosse take on Brands Hatch

We love a challenge at Kumho Tyre, but the extra slippery conditions of the winter stages at Brands Hatch has to be up there as one of the toughest tests of our mettle. Luckily, with the serious talent of Jesse Crosse behind the wheel, our tyres were on hand to help out both driver and his Ford Escort RS MK2 finish with a good time. Check out some extracts from Crosse’s blog below:

…Main topic of conversation among the Escort boys was tyre choice. The rain started early so most opted for full wets (my only option other than slicks), while some were braving intermediates. My Kumho Ecsta TW02 full wets have got a nice wide blocks and plenty of grooves to get the water away. Like most wets, they’re made from the softest compound which in this case is Kumho’s K12.

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…’Slippery’ doesn’t come close to describing how greasy the rally stage that started the event was and, at low speeds on a succession of 180 degree bends, understeer was horrendous. Kicking the back out with the power is fine but, with a tightly wound-up limited-slip diff, that can lead to more understeer followed by snap oversteer. Neat and tidy ruled the day. The exit from the rally stage was across a bog-like gravel section and I found myself peering out through my one-wiper porthole. We’d only done around two hundred metres of the rally with a whole day to go…

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…From then on we got going quicker, but still kept it smooth. By SS7 a dry line started to appear, the times came down and we started to close up the gap to the front but an accident compromised the stage and SS8 was abandoned. Shame, but thankfully the crew were OK and that’s the main thing…

…So we finished in our seeded position of 21 from 79 starters, happy to have got the first wet rally out of the way in the new car unscathed. The first two rallies in this car have both been cold weather events and I can’t wait to try the ‘Millie’ out on warmer, grippy surfaces once the weather cheers up.

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