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elcome to Yokohama’s first edition of Track News for 2009! After yet another successful season in ‘08, Yokohama is ready for an adrenaline-fuelled year, working hard trackside to provide the professionalism and quality expected of the Yokohama team.

Akinori Tokieda General Motorsports Manager





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losed season has been a busy time for Chevrolet. Drivers Rob Huff, Alain Menu and Nicola Larini have spent much of the winter testing and developing the new Cruze prior to its debut WTCC outing at Curitiba, Brazil. Since the car’s unveiling at the Bologna Motor Show in December, Yokohama ADVANs have played an important part in the team’s preparations for the Cruze’s highly-anticipated first season. “Whilst testing the Chevrolet Cruze, we required stability from the tyres in order to test all aspects of the new

model,” said Mark Busfield, Chevrolet’s WTCC Project Manager. “Whether using a new or old car, the tyre performance is very similar, but from our existing experience with Yokohama, we have managed to take advantage of the tyres’ consistency to ensure we have an excellent package. “We were lucky to have Yokohama technicians present at one of our testing sessions in Portugal. By working in close conjunction, we have managed to generate useful data and ensure the tyres work well with the new Cruze,” continued Busfield.

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Yokohama is proud to continue its support as official tyre supplier of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), European Touring Car Cup (ETCC), International Formula Master (IFM) and the ATS German Formula 3 Championship, as well as supplying teams in Le Mans 24 Hours, Japanese GT and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC). Year-on-year we continue to learn and 2008 was no different. We’ve received positive feedback from both teams and drivers who enjoyed the high performance of Yokohama ADVANs, and we continue to use this to maintain our high-quality tyres. By utilising the latest technology, we continuously develop Yokohama ADVANs, improving performance and safety to keep our partners on the track! From all of us at Yokohama, we hope you enjoy staying up-to-date on Yokohama’s global motorsport activities with Track News.




01 & 02 03 & 04 05 & 06 07 & 08 09 & 10 11 & 12 13 & 14 15 & 16 17 & 18 19 & 20 21 & 22 23 & 24

06-08 March 20-22 March 01-03 May 15-17 May 30-31 May 20-21 June 03-05 July 18-19 July 05-06 September 19-20 September 30-01 Oct/Nov 19-22 November

Curitiba, Brazil Puebla, Mexico Marrakech, Morocco Pau, France Valencia, Spain Brno, Czech Republic Porto, Portugal Brands Hatch, United Kingdom Oschersleben, Germany Imola, Italy Okayama, Japan Macau, Macau

LADA Avtovaz has confirmed its commitment to the 2009 WTCC season. Jaap van Lagen, Kirill Ladygin and Viktor Shapovalov will drive LADA Sports’ LADA Avtovaz 110 2.0. This is the first time a Russian car manufacturer has committed to an FIA world championship.

CURITIBA PREVIEW Yokohama Technical Consultant Ian Beveridge talks us through the challenges of Curitiba. “Curitiba is one of the more demanding circuits on the WTCC calendar. Because

of the high temperatures, long corners and aggressive track surface, the tyres generate a lot of heat. The ADVANs have to work quite hard, but from our testing we know they are fully capable of delivering in these extremely hot conditions.”

CIRCUIT INFO CURITIBA: Curitiba, Brazil Lap distance: Race distance: Location:


3.965 km 2 x 14 laps Eastern outskirts of Curitiba, Southern Brazil

WTCC Lap Record: Qualifying: Race:

1:24.295 kph Yvan Muller, SEAT León TDI 1:25.469 kph Jörg Müller, BMW 320si

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WTCC Race Winners:



Race 1: Race 2:

Race 1: Yvan Muller, SEAT León TDI Race 2: Gabriele Tarquini, SEAT León TDI

Jörg Müller, BMW 320si Augusto Farfus, BMW 320si

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SEAT’s Yvan Muller will be looking to defend his 2008 title this year, but is aware of the strong competition. SEAT secured both the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ titles last year; Chevrolet and BMW will come back fighting in 2009, trying to take the laurels.


n action-packed finale to the 2008 International Formula Master season saw the fight for the title decided at the last meeting in Monza, Italy. Although New Zealander Chris van der Drift clinched the title, it was Swiss Fabio Leimer who wowed the crowds, putting in a final full-throttle effort to beat Michael Ammermüller to the runner-up position. “This year will be tough for me. It’s not easy to say who will be fast at the moment, but we have a testing session in Valencia on 1 and 2 March, so it will be clearer,” said

the 19-year-old. “Josef Kral will be a strong contender this year, and I think some of the new drivers will be fast early on, so I don’t know who will be my main competitor for the title. It will be an interesting season! “Last year we started the season getting to know how the Yokohama ADVAN tyres worked, and within a few races we had found the right set-up. I am very happy with them; they perform consistently over a race and last year’s data will help us this season.”

INTERNATIONAL FORMULA MASTER CALENDAR New Zealander Chris van der Drift won the 2008 Formula Master title, securing a record six wins during the season. With new drivers yet to be confirmed, the Series is set to be just as action-packed as the previous two seasons. ROUND 01 & 02 03 & 04 05 & 06 07 & 08 09 & 10 11 & 12 13 & 14 15 & 16




16-17 May 30-31 May 20-21 June 18-19 July 25-26 July 29-30 August 05-06 September 19-20 September

Pau, France Valencia, Spain Brno, Czech Republic Brands Hatch, United Kingdom Hungaroring, Hungary Spa, Belgium Oschersleben, Germany Imola, Italy


JAPANESE GT CALENDAR Yokohama-equipped teams competed in both the GT500 and GT300 classes during last year’s Japanese GT season. At the end of the year in Fuji, Yokohama teams claimed a one-two finish in the GT300 class, with Yokohama car No. 25 just missing out on the GT500 podium with a fourth place finish. ROUND DATE 01 21-22 March 02 18-19 April 03 03-04 May 04 20-21 June 05 25-26 July 06 22-23 August 07 12-13 September 08 17-18 October 09 07-08 November

TRACK Okayama, Japan Suzuka, Japan Fuji, Japan Sepang, Malaysia Sportland SUGO, Japan Suzuka, Japan Fuji, Japan Autopolis, Japan Twin Ring Motegi, Japan

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21-24 January 05-07 March 03-04 April 07-09 May 18-20 June 09-11 July 30-01 July/Aug 21-23 August 10-12 September 24-26 September 22-24 October 19-21 November

Rallye Monte Carlo, Monaco Rally Internacional de Curitiba, Brazil Safari Rally, Kenya* Sata Rally Açores, Portugal Ypres Westhoek Rally, Belgium Rally Russia, Russia Rali Vinho Madeira, Portugal Barum Rally Zlin, Czech Republic Rally Principe de Asturias, Spain Rally Sanremo, Italy Rally Japan, Japan RAC MSA Rally of Scotland, United Kingdom

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GERMAN SEAT LEON SUPERCOPA CALENDAR 2009 saw GAG Racing’s Nicki Thiim and Jimmy Johansson secure first and second place in the drivers’ standings, with Fischer Racing’s Christoffer Nygaard claiming third place. Over twenty-five drivers are expected to take part in the championship this coming season. ROUND DATE TRACK 01 & 02 03 & 04 05 & 06 07 & 08 09 & 10 11 & 12 13 & 14 15 & 16

15-17 May 29-31 May 26-28 June 17-19 July 31-02 July/Aug 14-16 August 09-11 October 23-25 October

Hockenheimring, Germany Lausitz, Germany Norisring, Germany Zandvoort, Netherlands Oschersleben, Germany Nürburgring, Germany Dijon, France Hockenheimring, Germany

ATS GERMAN FORMULA 3 CALENDAR Last year’s Yokohama-supported ATS German Formula 3 Cup saw Frédéric Vervisch claim the title with seven wins, six fastest laps and four pole positions. Dutch squad Van Amersfoort Racing is regarded as one of the 2009 title favourites, with drivers Laurens Vanthoor and Stef Dusseldorp behind the wheel of the two Dallaras F307 Volkswagens. ROUND 01 & 02 03 & 04 05 & 06 07 & 08 09 & 10 11 & 12 13 & 14 15 & 16 17 & 18



09-13 April 21-23 May 05-07 June 19-21 June 03-05 July 07-09 August 21-23 August 18-20 September 16-18 October

Oschersleben, Germany Nürburgring, Germany Hockenheim, Germany Oschersleben, Germany EuroSpeedway, Germany Assen, Netherlands Nürburgring, Germany Sachsenring, Germany Oschersleben, Germany

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Frenchman Nicolas Vouilloz took the 2008 IRC title with eight podium finishes in his Peugeot 207 S2000 ahead of team-mate Freddy Loix and third-place Fiat man Giandomenico Basso. Frenchman Sebastien Ogier has already claimed victory at the season-opener in Monaco, setting the pace for 2009.




01 & 02 03 & 04 05 & 06 07 & 08 09 & 10 11 & 12

28-29 March 25-26 April 16-17 May 13-14 June 12-13 September 07-08 November

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After winning eight races during the 2008 season, César Campaniço secured the Portuguese Touring Car Championship title in his BMW 320si. Joän Figueiredo finished in second place in his Peugeot 407 S2000, with Francisco Carvalho third in his SEAT León. 2009 looks set to be another promising year for SEAT, after secured the 2008 Manufacturers’ title.

RUSSIAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR The Russian Touring Car Championship (RTCC) is expecting yet another exciting season in 2009. Last year, Alexey Basov topped the leader board in the Touring class, with Alexey Dudukalo winning the Touring Lights and Alexander Jeltov securing the National title. ROUND



01 & 02 03 & 04 05 & 06 07 & 08 09 & 10 11 & 12 13 & 14

31 May 14 June 28 June 19 July 23 August 13 September 27 September

Myachkovo, Moscow Mnevniki, Moscow Togliatti Kursk Smolensk Mnevniki, Moscow Lujniki, Moscow

SWEDISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR Flash Engineering’s Richard Göransson was crowned 2008 Swedish Touring Car Champion, having driven his BMW 320si to a seven-point lead from closet rival Fredrik Ekblom. The on-track battle is set to continue this year as both return for the 2009 title fight. ROUND DATE TRACK 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09

01-02 May 22-23 May 05-06 June 26-27 June 10-11 July 14-15 August 28-29 August 11-12 September 25-26 September

LE MANS 24 HOURS One of the most prestigious events on the motorsport calendar, the Le Mans 24 Hours, will celebrate its 86th year in 2009. The legendary race meeting will take place on 13-14 June.

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FIA World Touring Car Championship Muller on top of the world! (well roof actually)

International Formula Master Champion Chris van der Drift celebrates his title victory

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Japanese GT in Fuji: Nobuteru Taniguchi and Dominik Farnbacher celebrate alongside runners-up Shinsuke Shibahara and Haruki Kurosawa

ATS Ge Frédéricrman Formula with the Vervisch tas 3 Champion tes suc title win cess Tom Cave dominates his class at the Wales Rally GB

NEWS IN BRIEF KRAL MOVES FOR 2009 Czech Joseph Kral will swi tch from his 2008 squad, Team JVA , to JD Motorsport for the forthco ming season. During winter testing with JD Motorsport, the 18-year-old broke the lap record at Valencia, Spain, with a best lap of 1:26.577.


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