Courtney declared overall champion in successful V8 Supercars 2010 season

06 December 2010

Dunlop Tyres and the V8 Supercars celebrated the end of another successful season on Sunday, December 5 following the final round of the 2010 V8 Supercars Championship Series in Sydney.

Heading into the final round of the season, James Courtney held a slim Championship lead over reigning title holder Jamie Whincup, and, despite finishing 14th, managed to hold on to win his first V8 Supercar crown. While Holden's Lee Holdsworth claimed the final race win in front of Dunlop Super Dealer FPR driver Steven Richards and Shane Van Gisbergen, the day belonged to Courtney.

Dunlop is the exclusive provider of SP Sport Max ‘Control’ and SP Sport Maxx ‘Sprint’ tyres for the V8 Supercar Championship Series, and applauded Courtney and his team on the victory.

"Dunlop would like to congratulate James Courtney and the Jim Beam racing team on their fantastic efforts throughout the season which was capped off with the coveted Championship title,” said Dunlop Motorsport Operations Manager, Kevin Fitzsimons.

“The potential for James to come out and shake up the V8 Supercar Championship has been there since he won a World Go-Karting Championship as a kid, and we’ve now seen that potential fulfilled.

“The Sydney Telstra 500 was a fitting finale to the year with every team giving it their all, resulting in plenty of action on track for the fans,” Kevin said.

Speaking about the year that was, Mark Winterbottom said, "It was such a tough year but we made it. I don't think I've ever had a season where so many variables come into play - particularly with tyres."

“This year we had the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx ‘Control’ tyre as well as the soft-option Dunlop 'Sprint' tyre to work with, so making the car behave the way you wanted it to was always a challenge - sometimes our plans paid off, other times it was a case of going back to the drawingboard," he said.

"Next year it looks like we'll be racing a lot more on the 'Sprint' tyre which will no doubt produce another exciting Championship title chase - I can't wait!," ‘Frosty’ concluded.

Kevin Fitzsimons said he and the Dunlop Motorsports team were proud of their involvement and the contribution made to the Series, particularly in relation to the continued success of the ‘Sprint’tyre.

“The ‘Sprint’ tyre-only rounds certainly shook things up in the Championship Series and definitely helped the young drivers mix it up a bit. The added intensity and excitement from the ‘Sprint’ rounds was also a big hit with drivers and fans, which is always a bonus,” Kevin said.

“The addition of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx ‘Sprint’ soft option tyre in 2009 was such a success that it led to the introduction of sprint tyre only events in 2010. On the back of this, the 2011 series will include 11 events that will be utilising the super sticky variant. We’re understandably thrilled with this result and the response we’ve had from drivers, teams and V8 fans this year."

”Named the official control tyre supplier at the start of the 2002 season, 2011 will see Dunlop in its 10th consecutive year of supplying the V8 Supercar Championship Series and Fujitsu Development Series with their control tyres, in a deal that will see them continuing theirrelationship until 2012.



SP Sport Maxx ‘Control’ tyre rounds – Clipsal 500, Phillip Island 500, Bathurst 1000, Sydney500

SP Sport Maxx ‘Sprint’ tyre rounds – Abu Dhabi, Hamilton, Winton, Queensland Raceway, Gold Coast 600, Symmons Plains, Sandown Challenge

Dual tyre rounds – Australian F1 GP, Barbagallo, Hidden Valley, Townsville 400


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