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Supercars confirms new wet tyre for Gen3

A NEW Dunlop wet tyre will be introduced to the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship after passing testing.

As first reported by V8 Sleuth, the compound will be softer and more capable of dealing with extreme wet conditions.

It was put through its paces on the Gen3 prototypes at a sodden Sandown on the day after a SuperSprint event in August, and again during Camaro and Mustang demonstration laps at Mount Panorama earlier this month.

Supercars says the new version will arrive in Australia prior to the Newcastle season-opener next March, while the 2022 edition will be handed down to Super2 and Super3 teams.

“This is great outcome for drivers and particularly the fans who want to see racing in any condition,” said Supercars CEO Shane Howard.

“This will provide drivers with more control under wet conditions which in turn will provide a greater spectacle for fans.

“Following testing we’re very pleased with the outcomes of the new compound that will be used on the new wet tyre.

“The softer compound has been designed to handle wet conditions much better than the current tyre on the Gen3 Camaro and Mustang given the reduced downforce the new cars will create.

“Both Dunlop and Supercars believe this new wet tyre will add to the racing spectacle in harsh/wet conditions with the new cars.”

The Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro at Bathurst. Pic: Nathan Wong

Added Dunlop’s Tony Kiernan: “Dunlop Australia is pleased to announce the release of this next generation Dunlop wet control tyre available for the first Gen3 race in 2023.

“Our rigorous testing and development program has resulted in a brand new rubber compound which delivers reduced lap times due to improved grip levels compared with the 2022 wet tyre.

“We are gratified that Supercar drivers in rigorous test conditions immediately expressed increased confidence in the handling and braking performance of the new Dunlop wet control tyre.

“The softer rubber employed will deliver slightly increased wear rates which we are confident will add yet another element to Supercar team strategy decisions on wet race days.

“Dunlop is pleased to add another new component to the already exciting Gen3 Supercars season in 2023. Bring on Newcastle in March.”

The news comes at a timely moment, following the Bathurst Top 10 Shootout being washed out.

There will be no changes to the existing range of slick tyres for 2023, although the Gen3 cars will generally run on one step softer a compound than usual (for example softs instead of hards at Bathurst).

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