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October 2016

By Kumho Marketing

Posted in Motorsports

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  • Kumho victorious in European Autocross for the second year running
  • 2016 – another successful season that confirms Kumho’s ability to shine in all manner of motorsport disciplines

Frenchman Florent Tafani recently brought his Kumho-shod Peters Suzuki home ahead of no less than 38 fellow competitors, to clinch the Buggy 1600cc class of the 2016 FIA Autocross Championship at his home circuit of Saint-Igny-De-Vers. Three victories and no less than eight podiums in the nine-round series was just reward for the experienced Tafani, who finished a frustrated runner-up in the same category last season. This year, he stuck with the soft compound K33 Kumho R800 tyres throughout the final weekend, re-cutting them when rain began to affect the mix of rough and muddy terrain.

There was success for Kumho in the Super Buggy class of the Series too, with last year’s Buggy 1600 victor, Johnny Feuillade, annexing 5th place in this more powerful class. To obtain optimum traction he opted for a mix of compounds for his Kumho R800 tyres, placing the soft K33 ones on the front and harder K71 versions on the rear. The ever-competitive Feuillade was among the quickest runners throughout the season, but suffered too many collisions to repeat the success he’d previously enjoyed in the lower class. 

Another strong and varied motorsport season for Kumho

Kumho is already able to reflect on another successful season in many branches of motorsport. Aside of the company’s R800 performance in the Autocross Championship:

  • Rick van Goethem won the Nürburgring Drift Cup on Kumho’s street-legal V70A track day tyres
  • Kumho-shod vehicles claimed two class wins and two 3rd places in the annual Nürburgring 24 Hour race
  • The company celebrated its 15th successive year as sole tyre supplier to the blue riband Zandvoort Masters of F3 meeting, which was this year won by Joel Eriksson
  • The company continues to be the sole supplier of tyres to the Chinese Touring Car Championship
  • Bob Fowden and Paul Wakely have clinched the Welsh National Tarmacadam Rally Championship after a dominant season in their Kumho-shod Subaru Impreza WRC