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Announcing the 2018 Motorsports Activity Schedule

 

March 16, 2018

 

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is pleased to announce that we have finalized our Motorsports activity schedule for 2018. This year, we will once again be supplying our high-performance tires to drivers competing in various categories of two-wheel and four-wheel races with the aims of further enhancing the value of the DUNLOP and FALKEN brands and reinforcing our tire development capabilities while also contributing to the development of competitive motorsports in general.

 
1. Four-Wheel Motorsports Activities
<DUNLOP>
In Japan, the highlight of our activities will be the SUPER GT, one of Japan's most popular four-wheel racing tournaments. In this series, we will be supplying tires for four racecars driven by four outstanding teams, including Team NAKAJIMA RACING, who won the sixth race of last year's tournament in the GT500 Class, as well as three teams competing in the GT300 Class. In addition, we will also be supplying tires to various racing teams competing for the title in their respective classes in a wide range of race categories, including the All-Japan Rally Championship, the All-Japan Gymkhana Championship, the All-Japan Dirt Trial Championship, All-Japan Karting Championship and more.

Meanwhile, we will also be supporting the cultivation of young drivers by supplying "one-make" tires for such beginner-oriented tournaments as FIA Formula 4 and Formula 4. At the same time, we will also sponsor and supply tires for open-participation races such as the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race and the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge with the aim of supporting race fans who want to enjoy the thrill of driving fast, thus contributing to motorsports by expanding the talent pool of future world-class racers.

Overseas, we will be supplying "one-make" tires for races such as Formula 4 racing in Chile.
<FALKEN>
FALKEN will once again be competing in the legendary ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race, which is widely considered to be the world's toughest endurance race, at the Nrburgring in Germany this May. Continuing from last year, Team FALKEN Motorsports will be competing with two top-notch racecars, the Porsche 911 GT3R and the BMW M6 GT3 that placed eighth overall in last year's race. In addition, we will also be supplying tires to Team Subaru Tecnica International as they compete in the SP3T Class. Through these activities, we aim to further enhance the value of the FALKEN brand, which is already well regarded in Europe and North America, while contributing to the development of motorsports in general.
2. Two-Wheel Motorsports Activities
<DUNLOP>
We will be supplying "one-make" tires for the Moto2 and Moto3 Classes in the FIM Grand Prix World Championship, which is one of the world's premier two-wheel racing tournaments. Bolstered by last year's victory, we are now aiming to win our fourth consecutive FIM Endurance World Championship. Meanwhile, in our motocross racing activities, DUNLOP is also aiming for our ninth consecutive year of dominating all classes in the AMA Supercross Championship in America, as well as the title of World Champion in the MXGP.

In Japan, we will be supporting top teams and individual riders as they aim for the titles in a wide range of tournaments, including the All-Japan Road Race Championship, the All-Japan Motocross Championship, the All-Japan Trials Championship and the Japan Enduro Championship. At the same time, we will also be supplying tires for six teams competing in the Suzuka 8 Hours Road Race, which is the largest motorbike race in Japan and the final race in the FIM Endurance World Championship.

Furthermore, we will once again be supplying "one-make" tires for 250cc motorbikes competing in increasingly popular road races held for up-and-coming racers throughout the world. Through these activities, we hope to contribute to the development of motorsports while cultivating the next generation of world-class racers.
[2018 DUNLOP Four-Wheel Motorsports Activity Schedule Overview]
SUPER GT
ClassTeamVehicleDriver
GT500NAKAJIMA RACINGHonda NSX-GTBertrand Baguette
Kosuke Matsuura
GT300GAINERNISSAN GT-R
NISMO GT3
Katsuyuki Hiranaka
Hironobu Yasuda
GT300R&D SPORTSUBARU BRZ GT300Takuto Iguchi
Hideki Yamauchi
GT300Audi Team HitotsuyamaAudi R8 LMSRichard Lyons
Ryuichiro Tomita
Takuro Shinohara
All-Japan Rally Championship
ClassTeamVehicleDriver
JN-6Team LUCKSubaru WRXNorihiko Katsuta
JN-6itzz Rally TeamSubaru WRXTakuma Kamada
All-Japan Gymkhana Championship
ClassVehicleDriver
PN4Mitsubishi LANCERShigeki Kayano
SA2Honda INTEGRATakashi Asayama
SA4Mitsubishi LANCERShinji Tsugawa
All-Japan Dirt Trial Championship
ClassVehicleDriver
SA2Mitsubishi LANCERKazuhiro Kitamura
SA2Subaru WRXTakuma Kamada
SC2Mitsubishi LANCEROsamu Yoshimura
DMitsubishi MIRAGEYoshiaki Sumiyama
All-Japan Karting Championship
ClassTeamDrivers
OKMasuda SpeedTurbo Asahi
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race
ClassTeamDriver
ProfessionalOTG Motor SPORTSNaoki Hattori
ProfessionalOTG Motor SPORTSHiroki Yoshida
ProfessionalWakayama Toyota TEAM OGAWATakeshi Matsumoto
ProfessionalNetz Toyota Hyogo Racing TeamHiroyuki Saka
One-Make Tire Racing Category
Series NameCountry
FIA-F4 Championship (7 Tournaments, 14 Total Races)Japan
F4 Championship
(East Japan: 7 Races, West Japan: 7 Races +1 Special Race)
Japan
X30 Challenge JapanJapan
DUAL ATTACK 2018Japan
TOP RACE SERIESArgentina
Chile Formula 4 (Formula Total by Dunlop)Chile
FIA-Formula 4 Championship Young Driver Cultivation Program: FIA-F4 JAPANESE CHALLENGE
TeamDriver
OTG Motor SPORTSYuko Tamaki
[2018 FALKEN Four-Wheel Motorsports Activity Schedule Overview]
2018 ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race
ClassTeamVehicleDrivers
SP9 (FIA-GT3)FALKEN MotorsportsPorsche 911 GT3RMartin Ragginger
Klaus Bachler
Dirk Werner
Sven Mller
BMW M6 GT3Peter Dumbreck
Alexandre Imperatori
Stef Dusseldorp
Jens Klingmann
SP3TSUBARU TECNICA
INTERNATIONAL
SUBARU WRX STICarlo van Dam
Tim Schrick
Hideki Yamauchi
Takuto Iguchi
[2018 DUNLOP Two-Wheel Motorsports Activity Schedule Overview]
<Road Racing World Championship>
FIM Grand Prix World Championship (MotoGP)
ClassVehicle
Moto2 / Moto3Supply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC)
ClassTeamVehicleRider
EWCSuzuki Endurance Racing TeamSUZUKITBD
EWCGMT94 YamahaYAMAHATBD
EWCHonda Endurance Racing TeamHONDATBD
<Motocross World Championship>
MXGP
ClassTeamVehicleRider
MX1Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing TeamKAWASAKIC. Dessale
J. Tixier
MX1Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP TeamYAMAHAA. Tonus
S. Simpson
MX2HRC MX2HONDAM. Cervelin
C. Notsuka
MX2KEMEA Yamaha Official MX TeamYAMAHAB. Paturel
B. Van Doninck
<Road Racing International Championship>
FIM CEV Repsol International Championship
ClassVehicle
Moto2 / Moto3Supply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
Red Bull MotoGP ROOKIES CUP
ClassVehicle
Moto3Supply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
FIM Asia Road Racing Championship
ClassVehicle
SS600 / AP250 / UB150Supply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
IDEMITSU ASIA TALENT CUP
ClassVehicle
Moto3Supply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
<AMA Supercross Championship>
AMA SX
ClassTeamVehicleRider
450SXTeam Honda HRCHONDAK. Roczen
C. Seely
450SXMonster Energy Factory YAMAHAYAMAHAJ. Barcia
C. Webb
450SXMonster Energy KawasakiKAWASAKIE. Tomac
J. Grant
450SXRed Bull KTM FactoryKTMM. Musquin
B. Tickle
450SXJGR YOSHIMURA SUZUKISUZUKIJ. Bogle
W. Peick
450SXRockstar Energy HusqvarnaHUSQVARNAJ. Anderson
D. Wilson
250SXGEICO HONDA Factory ConnectionHONDARJ. Hampshire
J. Martin
250SXMonster Energy / Pro Circuit / KawasakiKAWASAKIA. Cianciarulo
A. Forkner
J. Savatgy
250SXStar Racing / YamahaYAMAHAA. Plessinger
D. Ferrandis
250SXTroy Lee Designs / GoPro / Red Bull / KTMKTMJ. Smith
S. McElath
A. Martin
250SXRockstar Energy HusqvarnaHUSQVARNAZ. Osborne
<Road Race in various countries>
All-Japan Road Race Championship (Japan)
ClassTeamVehicleRider
JSB1000Team KAGAYAMASUZUKIYukio Kagayama
JSB1000HiTMAN RC Koshien YamahaYAMAHAShinichi Nakatomi
JSB1000Sanyo Industrial & RS-ITOH with
VISSEL KOBE
KAWASAKIMitsunori Okamura
J-GP2Will-Raise Racing RS-ITOHKAWASAKITakeshi Ishizuka
J-GP2MIKUNI TELLY & KALLYSUZUKIHiroki Ono
J-GP2Y! mobile  Kohara RTHONDAIkuhiro Enokido
Takayuki Oki
J-GP3KTM. ASPIRATION RACINGKTMUkyo Furuichi
J-GP341PlanningIODAYoichi Ui
J-GP3Team P.MU 7C MIKUNIHONDAAkira Komuro
*Vehicles in the J-GP2 Class are listed by engine manufacturer.
Suzuka 8 Hours Road Race (Final Race in the FIM Endurance World Championship) (Japan)
ClassTeamVehicleRider
EWCTeam KAGAYAMASUZUKITBD
EWCTrick Star RacingKAWASAKITBD
SSTSanyo Industrial & RS-ITOH with VISSEL KOBEKAWASAKITBD
MOTO AMERICA (America)
ClassVehicle
SBK / ST1000 / SS600 / Twins / Junior CupSupply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
GP Colombia Championship (Colombia)
ClassVehicle
SBK / SS / StockBike / GP3All vehicles
Argentina SBK Championship (Argentina)
ClassVehicle
SBK / SS / R3 / 250cc / Moto5Supply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
MFJ CUP / Regional Championships (Japan)
ClassVehicle
JP250Supply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
HRC NSF250R Challenge (Japan)
ClassVehicle
J-GP3Supply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
HRC CBR250R/RR Dream Cup (Japan)
ClassVehicle
E Class / B ClassSupply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
DUNLOP AUTOBY Cup Gymkhana! (Japan)
ClassVehicle
A Class/B Class/C1 Class/C2 ClassSupply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
<Off-road race in various countries>
All-Japan Motocross Championship (Japan)
ClassTeamVehicleRider
IA1Kawasaki Team GREENKAWASAKIMakoto Ogata
IA1Team SBESUZUKIKoichi Fukaya
IA1Team Flying Dolphin SAISEIYAMAHATakashi Okano
IA2Team H.R.CHONDAChihiro Notsuka
IA2BOSS RACINGHONDATaiki Koga
IA2PURE TECH RacingKAWASAKIKohei Ogawa
All-Japan Trials Championship (Japan)
ClassTeamVehicleRider
IASHRC Club MITANIHONDATomoyuki Ogawa
IASYAMAHA FACTORY RACING TEAMYAMAHAKenichi Kuroyama
IASYSP Keiyo  KEN OKUYAMA RACINGYAMAHAFumitaka Nozaki
IASSo7 Audio Japan Wise Beta TeamBETATsuyoshi Ogawa
IASVertigo with MitaniVERTIGOAkira Shibata
Japan Enduro Championship (Japan)
ClassTeamVehicleRider
IATeam TARGET with MiyakiHONDATadashi Kugimura
IABlue Riders with YAMALUBEYAMAHAKenji Suzuki
Yutaro Uchiyama
National MX Championship (Argentina)
ClassTeamVehicle
MX1/MX2Honda Racing TeamHONDA
 



 

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