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Announcing Our Motorsports Activity Schedule for 2019

 

March 11, 2019

 

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is pleased to announce that we have finalized our motorsports activity schedule for 2019. This year, we will once again be supplying our high-performance tires to drivers competing in various categories of races-from world-class tournaments to beginner-level races that are open to all comers-both in Japan and throughout the world. Through our active participation in motorsports, we aim to further enhance the value of our DUNLOP and FALKEN brands and augment our overall tire development capabilities while also supporting car lovers the world over and contributing to the overall development of competitive motorsports in general.

1. Four-Wheel Motorsports Activities
○DUNLOP
In Japan, the highlight of our activities will be SUPER GT, one of Japan's premier four-wheel racing tournaments. In this series, we will be supplying tires for five racecars driven by four outstanding teams, including Modulo Nakajima Racing in the GT500 Class and three teams competing in the GT300 Class. At the same time, 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 younger drivers by supplying "one-make" tires for beginner-oriented tournaments such as FIA F4 and other F4 tournaments. At the same time, we will also continue to support amateur drivers by sponsoring and supplying tires for open-participation races such as the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race and the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge.

○FALKEN
This year, FALKEN will once again be competing in the legendary ADAC TOTAL 24-Hour Race (commonly known as the 24 Hours Nürburgring for its location at the Nürburgring course in Nürburg, Germany), which is widely considered to be the world's toughest endurance race. Continuing from last year, Team FALKEN Motorsports will be competing with two top-notch racecars, the Porsche 911 GT3R that placed ninth overall in last year's race and the BMW M6 GT3 that placed fifteenth overall last year. In addition, we will also continue supplying tires to Team Subaru Tecnica International as they compete in the SP3T Class after winning their fifth 24 Hours Nürburgring to date last year. 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 at the same time contributing to the overall development of motorsports in general.
<FALKEN Official Website: http://www.falken.tires/ >

2. Two-Wheel Motorsports Activities
○DUNLOP
Overseas, we will be supplying "one-make" tires to support riders competing in the Moto2 and Moto3 Classes in the FIM Road Racing Grand Prix World Championship, which ranks among the world's premier two-wheel racing tournaments. At the same time, we will also be supplying tires to three teams competing for glory in the FIM Endurance World Championship.
Meanwhile, when it comes to motocross racing activities, having dominated in all classes at the AMA Supercross Championship in America for ten consecutive years, we will once again be aiming for victory in all classes for our eleventh straight year while also gunning for the title of World Champion in the MXGP motocross tournament.

In Japan, we will be supporting top teams and individual riders as they aim for the titles in a wide range of tournaments such as the All-Japan Road Race Championship.
Furthermore, we will once again be supplying "one-make" tires for 250cc motorbikes to support younger riders competing in the Junior Championship Class in the NS F100 HRC Trophy tournament and other competitions held for up-and-comers in the globally popular 250cc Class. Through these activities, we will continue working to create an environment to cultivate the next generation of Japanese riders who will go on take on the world at large.

 
 

■2019 DUNLOP Four-Wheel Motorsports Activity Schedule Overview
SUPER GT
ClassTeamVehicleDriver
GT500Modulo Nakajima RacingHonda NSX-GTNarain Karthikeyan
Tadasuke Makino
GT300GAINERNISSAN GT-R
NISMO GT3
Katsuyuki Hiranaka
Hironobu Yasuda
GT300R&D SPORTSUBARU BRZ GT300Takuto Iguchi
Hideki Yamauchi
GT300LM corsaLEXUS RC F GT3Hiroki Yoshimoto
Ritmo Miyata
All-Japan Rally Championship
ClassTeamVehicleDriver
JN1LUCK RALLY TEAMSUBARU WRXNorihiko Katsuta
JN1itzz 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
SC2MITSUBISHI LANCEROsamu Yoshimura
DSUBARU BRZTakuma Kamada
DMITSUBISHI MIRAGEYoshiaki Sumiyama
All-Japan Karting Championship
ClassTeamDriver
OKMASUDA RACING PROJECTTurbo Asahi
TAKAGI PLANNINGTaiga Imoto
Fuma Horio
CrocpromotionSyunsuke Minagi
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race
ClassTeamVehicleDriver
ProfessionalOTG Motor SPORTSTOYOTA 86Naoki Hattori
ProfessionalOTG Motor SPORTSTOYOTA 86Ritmo Miyata
ProfessionalOTG Motor SPORTSTOYOTA 86Togo Suganami
ProfessionalWakayama Toyota TEAM OGAWATOYOTA 86Takeshi Matsumoto
ProfessionalWakayama Toyota TEAM OGAWATOYOTA 86Kazuya Shimogaki
ProfessionalRECARO 86/BRZ RACING TEAMTOYOTA 86Kota Sasaki
ProfessionalRECARO 86/BRZ RACING TEAMSUBARU BRZHiroki Arai
ProfessionalNetz Toyota Hyogo Racing TeamTOYOTA 86Hiroyuki Saka
One-Make Tire Racing Category
Series NameCountry
FIA-F4 Championship (7 Tournaments, 14 Total Races)Japan
F4 Championship (7 Tournaments 10 Races +2 Special Race, 12 Total Races)Japan
IAME Series JAPANJapan
DUAL ATTACK 2019Japan
FIA-F4 Championship Young Driver Cultivation Program: FIA-F4 JAPANESE CHALLENGE
TeamDriver
OTG Motor SPORTSMasamitsu Otake
■2019 FALKEN Four-Wheel Motorsports Activity Schedule Overview
2019 ADAC TOTAL 24h Race
ClassTeamVehicleDriver
SP9
(FIA-GT3)
FALKEN MotorsportsPorsche 911 GT3RMartin Ragginger
Klaus Bachler
Dirk Werner
Jörg Bergmeister
BMW M6 GT3Peter Dumbreck
Alexandre Imperatori
Stef Dusseldorp
Jens Klingmann
SP3TSubaru Tecnica InternationalSUBARU WRX STICarlo van Dam
Tim Schrick
Hideki Yamauchi
Takuto Iguchi
■2019 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
EWCHonda Endurance Racing TeamHONDATBD
EWCWebike Tati Team Trick StarKAWASAKITBD
[Motocross World Championship]
MXGP
ClassTeamVehicleRider
MX1Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing TeamKAWASAKIC. Desalle
J. Lieber
MX1Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHUSQVARNAA. Jasikonis
P. Jonass
MX1Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP TeamYAMAHAG. Paulin
A. Tonus
MX1Standing Construct KTMKTMF. Coldenhoff
M. Anstie
MX2KEMEA Yamaha Official MX TeamYAMAHAJ. Geerts
B. Watson
[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
ASB1000 / SS600 / AP250 / UB150Supply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
IDEMITSU ASIA TALENT CUP
Vehicle
Supply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
[AMA Supercross Championship]
AMA SX
ClassTeamVehicleRider
450SXTeam Honda HRCHONDAK. Roczen
C. Seely
450SXMonster Energy Factory YAMAHAYAMAHAJ. Barcia
A. Plessinger
450SXMonster Energy KawasakiKAWASAKIE. Tomac
J. Savatgy
450SXRed Bull KTM FactoryKTMC. Webb
M. Musquin
450SXJGRMX YOSHIMURA SUZUKI FACTORY RACINGSUZUKIC. Reed
J. Hill
450SXRockstar Energy HusqvarnaHUSQVARNAJ. Anderson
Z. Osborne
D. Wilson
250SXGEICO HONDA / AMSOL / Factory ConnectionHONDAC. Sexton
RJ. Hampshire
250SXMonster Energy Pro Circuit KawasakiKAWASAKIA. Cianciarulo
A. Forkner
250SXMonster Energy / Thor / Parts Unlimited / Star RacingYAMAHAD. Ferrandis
M. Oldenburg
250SXTroy Lee Designs / Red Bull / KTMKTMJ. Smith
S. McElath
250SXJGRMX YOSHIMURA SUZUKI FACTORY RACINGSUZUKIA. Martin
J. Decotis
[Road Race in various countries]
All-Japan Road Race Championship (Japan)
ClassTeamVehicleRider
JSB1000TK SUZUKI BLUE MAXSUZUKITakuya Tsuda
JSB1000HiTMAN RCKoshien YamahaYAMAHAShinichi Nakatomi
J-GP2MIKUNI TELLY & KALLYSUZUKIHiroki Ono
J-GP341PlanningIODAYoichi Ui
J-GP3Team P.MU 7C MIKUNIHONDAAkito Narita
*Vehicles in the J-GP2 Class are listed by engine manufacturer.
MOTO AMERICA (America)
ClassVehicle
SBK / ST1000 / SS600 / Twins / Junior CupSupply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
GP Colombia Championship (Colombia)
ClassTeam
SBK / SS / StockBike / GP3All teams
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)
Vehicle
Supply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
NSF100 HRC Trophy (Japan)
ClassVehicle
Junior Championship ClassSupply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
HRC CBR250R Dream Cup (Japan)
ClassVehicle
Expert Class / Beginner ClassSupply "one-make" tires for all vehicles
HRC CBR250RR Dream Cup (Japan)
Vehicle
Supply "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 YAMALUBE YAMAHA RACINGYAMAHATakashi Okano
IA2PURE TECH RacingKAWASAKIKohei Ogawa
All-Japan Trials Championship (Japan)
ClassTeamVehicleRider
IASTEAM MITANI HondaHONDATomoyuki 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 TARGETHONDATadashi Kugimura
IABlue Riders with YAMALUBEYAMAHAKenji Suzuki
National MX Championship (Argentina)
ClassTeamVehicle
MX1 / MX2Honda Racing TeamHONDA
 



 

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