Mazda Partners with Yokohama for Targa Tasmania 2010

This year, Mazda will enter Australia’s Targa Tasmania race with Yokohama tires, as the Japanese car manufacturer announced a partnership with the tire maker.

The Mazda RX-8 SP of Steve Glenney and the New Generation Mazda3 MPS of Brendan Reeves will be using Yokohama’s 18 inch ADVAN A050 semi-slick tires. In addition the Mazda RX-8 SP will use light weight ADVAN Racing RG2 wheels.

“The Yokohamas maintained their performance for a longer period than other tires we tested,”
said Horsley, the architect behind Mazda’s four consecutive 12 Hour Endurance race wins in the RX-7 SP.

“While there are many intricacies that make up a good race car, tires are undoubtedly one of the most important elements to get right, especially in a rally as tough as Targa Tasmania. In most cases, not having the right tires can be a game changer."

“As a manufacturer we don’t invest in major motor sport campaigns such as Targa Tasmania unless we know we have a good chance of finishing up the pointy end. Having secured the Yokohama product and the depth of knowledge that comes with it, is a huge step in the right direction.”

The 2010 Targa Tasmania, one of the world’s toughest tarmac rally, will be held from April 27 to May 2. The event has 2000 km made up of around 40 special closed road stages and regularly attracts more than 300 entries.
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