Avon Tyres – the Masters choice

Avon Tyres has been chosen by the organisers of the GP Masters series to supply the race rubber for the prestigious six-race championship. The series kicks off in Qatar on April 29th.

GP Masters debuted in South Africa last year on Avons with former World Champion, Nigel Mansell, taking the chequered flag ahead of an eclectic field of veteran F1 drivers.

Julian Baldwin, Motorsport Director for Avon Tyres, is thrilled at the continued involvement in the series. “The Kyalami race last year was one of the highlights of the motorsport calendar. We were delighted to be involved at the start and more so from hereon in,” he said.

Competing in the same Nicholson McLaren Cosworth powered, 650 bhp single-seaters, the unique race series features the likes of Ricardo Patrese, Derek Warwick, Emerson Fittipaldi and Rene Arnoux.

Silverstone will hold the British round of the series on 12-13th August.

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Notes to editors:

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company of Findlay, Ohio, USA, has more than a century’s experience at the leading edge of tyre technology. Cooper produces a full range of tyres for passenger car and 4x4 applications under the Cooper and Avon brand names, together with Avon motorcycle tyres.

Avon Tyres is proud to boast a long and continued association with motor sport, spanning more than six decades. From grass roots, to international racing, Avon has encouraged, supported and developed motor sport through sponsorship, technical guidance and being official supplier to a vast array of championships – both on two-wheels and four.

1950s- Avon Tyres first appear in Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.
1957 - Avon Tyres debut in motorcycle racing. From 1958 to 1963, every solo motorcycle champion competes on Avon Tyres.
1981 - Avon Tyres joins forces with International Race Tyre Services to enter the race tyre market.
1982 - Awarded three-year contract to be official tyre supplier to British Formula Three. The relationship continues to this day.
1983 - Avon Racing formed to further design, develop and sell racing tyres internationally.
1986 - Start of association with International Formula 3000. Contract held until the series ended in 2004.
1991 - Avon Tyres begins to supply Caterham one make race series. In 2006, seven Caterham championships in the UK and Europe run on Avon rubber.
1993 - Awarded contract to supply tyres to the single-seater Formula Ford series in UK and Europe. The relationship continues to this day.
2004 - Avon Tyres begin to supply the SCSA (formerly ASCAR) oval racing championship.
2005 - Inaugural GP Masters race in South Africa on Avon Tyres.
2006 - Avon Tyres becomes official tyre supplier and sponsor for British GT Championship.

Avon Tyres Motorsport sponsors Rookie of the Year, recognising new motor sport talent, and F3 team of the Year. Avon continues to be a driving force behind British motorsport.

Posted on 25th April, 2006

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