Oct 09, 2020
Giti Tire’s excellent start to the shortened 2020 BTRC truck racing season continued at Snetterton (September 19-20), securing four podium finishes in five races.
The second meeting of the season, which took place at the long, high-speed race circuit near Norwich, got off to a flying start with Martin Gibson, the company’s Manager EU Testing Centre & Motorsport UK securing pole position and Stuart Oliver joining him on the front row.
The race itself proved just as eventful with a change in the starting order, Oliver securing first place and Gibson second in the team’s first ever one-two finish.
Race three proved the other standout performance with Oliver again taking the chequered flag and Gibson finishing in third.
Two of the five races starting with reverse grids where the team finished fourth and fifth and eighth and ninth respectively.
Gibson entered this season in a new fully race-prepared and liveried MAN TGX 18.480, which employs a 12.9 litre D26 engine capable of producing 1,000BHP and weighs 5,300kg.
At the first meeting of the season at Donnington (August 22-23) the team secured five podium finishes across five races, the highlight of which saw Gibson win his first-ever BTRC race despite starting from the second-last row of a reverse grid.
Gibson said: “To have set the fastest lap and qualify in pole position for the very first race, and to achieve a one-two finish, really was the start of an incredibly special few days. There were quite a few technical issues but we managed to overcome these as they occurred.
“More importantly is the consistency of the tyres, which are proving themselves time-and-time again in race conditions. For Snetterton we chose to run the same tyres on the rear that did the whole Donnington event, proving not only their race performance but also their durability.”
Both trucks run on Giti Race-Tuned v1 global competition truck tyres in size 315/70R22.5.
The tyre has been specially designed with an even pressure distribution and footprint optimisation assuring competition cornering and braking performance.
Design features include unique outside and inside shoulders, two longitudinal grooves and advanced sipes shape, orientation and distribution, while the racing compound has a special polymer for better grip, distinct functional resin for better handling and CB/silica blending for increased tear resistance.
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