The 2011 season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) starts this weekend in Curitiba, Brazil, on 18-20 March 2011. YOKOHAMA will once again support the WTCC providing its eco-friendly orange oil ADVAN racing tyres.

YOKOHAMA, in its sixth year as exclusive WTCC tyre supplier, is expecting another
highly-competitive season with the action taking place at world famous race tracks including Monza in Italy, Valencia in Spain, Suzuka in Japan and the demanding Macau track.

Joining the championship this season will be team Polestar Racing, which will be representing the Volvo marque. The Swedish team will enter one Volvo C30 car, driven by Scandinavian Touring Car Champion Robert Dahlgren, who, together with the other championship drivers, will try to dethrone the WTCC reigning champion and Chevrolet driver Yvan Muller.

“YOKOHAMA has a long and successful motorsport heritage, centred on the quality and performance of its products,” said Farid Al-Samarrai, YOKOHAMA’s European Motorsport Manager. “We have worked hard over winter and are confident that our tyres will offer excellent performance once again this year.”

YOKOHAMA’s motorsport involvement extends beyond the WTCC; the world’s seventh largest tyre manufacturer provides tyres to other well-known international series, such as the American Le Mans Series, the Japanese GT Championship, the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Brazil.

As part of their environmental commitment, YOKOHAMA has recently launched the new BluEarth road tyre series at the Geneva Motorshow. The new environmentally, human and socially friendly tyre will be available in Europe at the beginning of April 2011.

Curitiba track facts

Circuit length:   3,695 metres
Number of laps:  2 x 14
Race distance: 52 kilometres
Fastest race lap: Augusto Farfus (BMW 320si) 1:24.959 (156.57kph)

The Curitiba race weekend will be broadcast live on Eurosport throughout the weekend. Qualifying and warm up will be aired at 18:00 (CET) on Eurosport 2 on 19 March 2011, followed by race one broadcast live on 20 March at 16:45 (CET) with race two at 18:00 (CET) on Eurosport.

Notes to editors

The YOKOHAMA Rubber Company is one of the seven largest tyre manufacturers in the world.
YOKOHAMA is the official tyre supplier for:

FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) – since 2006
European Touring Car Cup (ETCC) – since 2005
European Production Series (EPS) – new from 2011
Intercontinental Rally Challenge  (IRC) – since 2007
Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) – since 2010
Russian Touring Car Championship (RTCC) – since 2009
Chinese Touring Car Championship (CTTC) – since 2010
German SEAT León Supercopa – since 2006

Spanish Seat León Supercopa Cup – since 2010
International Formula 3 Grand Prix Macau – since 1983
International Formula 3 Grand Prix Pau – new from 2011

ATS German Formula 3 – until 2005 and since 2007

Japanese Formula 3 – new from 2011