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December 2017

By Gray

Posted in Motorsports

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Kumho Motorsport Review 2017

We’ve been super busy through 2017 and been involved in many motorsports supporting with our technical expertise and of course our tyres!

We’ve taken a breath and drawn together a review of 2017 for everyone to enjoy.

Rallying.

A great deal of serious rallying takes place in Ireland, continually reminding us of the wealth of natural driving talent that exists on the island from which Paddy Hopkirk MBE emerged all those years ago. The conditions are often wet and slippery – a forum in which Kumho competition tyres have frequently proved themselves the cream of the crop, and often did once again in 2017.

Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish Tarmac Championship.

Kumho has a proud record in this series, not least courtesy of such former outright victors as Eugene Donnelly and Garry Jennings. Among the more prominent of this year’s Kumho-supported runners was Barry Jones, the brother-in-law of Welsh rugby international Scott Williams, who clinched the Historic class in his self-prepared MKII Ford Escort with one event to spare. Another was 22-year-old Jenna McCann who employed a suitably distinctive pink and black-coloured Ford Fiesta R2 to annexe the hotly contested Junior class at the final round in Cork. Do we have another Michelle Mouton in the making?

Triton Showers National Rally Championship.

Kumho assisted no less than seven drivers to class wins in this series, but the other stand out result was Shane Maguire’s overall victory in the Group N category with his Mitsubishi Evo 9. And, as if that wasn’t impressive enough, he also achieved outright honours in the West Coast Rally Championship and won the Group N category in the Border Rally Championship.

Other notable rally results for Kumho-equipped drivers include:

  1. MSA British Rally Championship National Rally Cup – overall victory by John Morrison and Peter Carstairs, Mitsubishi Evo 9
  2. Roger Albert Clark Rally – outright victory by Marty McCormack, Ford MKII Escort. Marty also achieved three podium finishes in the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship and finished 6th overall, despite experiencing a major accident on the Ypres round
  3. Corrib Oil Galway International Rally – overall victory by Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy, WRC Subaru, and 3rd overall and 1st in the all-important R5 championship class, Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble, Ford Fiesta.

Single-seater categories.

Kumho has been the sole tyre supplier to the French F4 series for a number of years. A truly international category, it was this season won by 17-year old Frenchman Arthur Rougier, whose five victories at Spa and Pau were just enough to secure him the championship by four points from his fellow countryman Victor Martins.

Saloon formula and events.

This was also the 20th consecutive year that Kumho has supported the UK’s ever-popular BMW Saloon Championship, and the third for which it has successfully provided the powerful Class A cars with the option of slicks and wet weather tyres. This year’s overall champion and winner of Class CC in his BMW Compact was Kevin Denwood.

Further afield Kumho has continued to supply all the tyres for such major national competitions as the Australian V8 Touring Car and Chinese Touring Car championships.

And here’s to a successful 2018 for everyone we work with in motorsport!