The French tyre manufacturer that features in all of the current WEC classes has confirmed its future in the series by becoming the sole supplier for the imminent Hypercar class.
With Goodyear making a return to the world’s premier endurance series, replacing sister brand Dunlop, it is unclear the whether the American brand pitched for the rights, or indeed if other names like Pirelli or Continental applied.
What this does confirm is that a tyre war will not become part of the new Hypercar class, something thought possible when the regulations were announced.
Personally, I am disappointed with this. As much as I agree with the uniformity and equality that running the same tyre manufacturer achieves, I believe a tyre war really could have added something to this new era of endurance racing.
The GTE Pro class recently became Michelin dominated, and a final hurrah came when the Dunlop-shod #97 Aston Martin Vantage took a last lap victory over the Michelin-running #63 Corvette C7.R.
What made that race particularly exciting was that under the changeable conditions of day-night-day racing, the performance swayed in the favour of certain rubber depending on the ambient conditions.
Apply this to the battle for the overall victory, Goodyear Aston Martins taking on the Michelin Toyota’s, for example, and the fight would become even more intense.