Yokohama to supply SRO’s Sepang 12hr

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The SRO Group has announced that Yokohama will be the unique tire supplier for the 2016 edition of the Sepang 12 Hours. Yokohama is well-established in GT Racing in Asia, as seen last year when the Yokohama-shod Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi claimed victory in the first edition of the Sepang 12 Hours.

Yokohama will supply to all classes, starting with the GT3 machinery, through GTC, GT4/Sport Production, Touring Production and the newly named TC class. In addition, SRo has announced that Marc Cars from Australia will be eligible to take part this year.

Following on from the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the Sepang 12 hours will be the final round of the 2016 Intercontinental GT Challenge. Manufacturers such as Audi, Bentley, McLaren and Mercedes will enter teams to defend their respective brands. Drivers registered in the Intercontinental Drivers Cup will also be fighting to win the Drivers’ title.

“It is a great honour for Yokohama to be selected as the official tire supplier for the first year of the new single tire brand system in the Sepang 12 Hours,” said Masataka Yamaishi, president of Yokohama Motorsports International Co., Ltd. “We are confident that we can provide high-quality tires and race services, taking advantage of our past experiences. Thank you very much to Sepang International Circuit, SRO Motorsports Group and all of the teams.”

“The appointment of Yokohama as a single tire supplier is proof that the interest in our new Intercontinental GT Challenge is ever increasing,” added Stephane Ratel, founder and CEO, SRO Motorsports Group. “Furthermore, this gives all the teams the opportunity to compete on equal terms, which will certainly lead to an exciting edition of the Sepang 12 Hours.”

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