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Brabham Partners With Goodyear; BT62 Set for Debut

Brabham, Goodyear form partnership for BT62 program; car to make debut in November…

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Brabham Automotive and Goodyear have announced a global partnership involving the Brabham BT62, which will make its racing debut in November.

The announcement was made on Thursday ahead of Goodyear’s return to endurance racing in this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship season-opening 4 Hours of Silverstone.

The tie-up between Brabham and Goodyear extends across racing and road car programs, including the Brabham BT62, which will form the basis of the Anglo-Australian marque’s planned GTE-Pro entry in 2021-22.

A race-ready version of the BT62, which currently exists as a track day car limited to 70 units, will debut in the Britcar ‘Into the Night’ race at Brands Hatch on Nov. 9-10.

The Kent circuit holds historical significance to Brabham, as the location of Jack Brabham’s British Grand Prix wins in 1966.

Brabham and Goodyear’s previous partnership led to 26 Grand Prix victories, including the four wins in 1966 that led to Jack Brabham being crowned F1 World Champion with the BT19.

“Goodyear and Brabham’s combined successes in motorsport are iconic,” said David Brabham, director of Brabham Automotive and Jack’s son.

“The partnership historically brought an incredible amount of success in Formula 1 and endurance racing and we look to continue this winning legacy through Brabham Automotive, the BT62 and future car variants.

“The continued commitment shown by Goodyear globally in motorsport means it is perfect timing for the two marques to join forces as we continue our road to Le Mans.”

The track version of the BT62 will run on similar Goodyear Racing tires to the three LMP2 cars which have aligned with the American brand for its return to endurance racing this weekend.

A road compliant conversion option for the BT62 will include road-legal tires from the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport range, meanwhile.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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