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Dunlop reveals new-look super soft tyre

Dunlop’s super-soft tyre to feature at five events in 2022.

01 February 2022

Dunlop has produced an even softer super soft tyre for the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship, which will feature a blue-walled design. 

The super soft will be used at five events in 2022, an increase from two events in 2021. The five events are the season opener at Sydney Motorsport Park, Tasmania, Winton, Darwin and Townsville. 

It will be the fourth compound in use across the season – hard, soft, super soft and wet.

“We wanted something that stands out,” Dunlop operations chief Kevin Fitzsimons told Supercars.com.

“Blue stands out, it really does. It jumps out at you in all sorts of lighting.

“There are multiple chemicals that go into the make-up of the compound; a bit more of this and less of that softens the tyre up.

“This particular tyre, we don’t want it to last as long… hopefully we get some knowledge today so we can work ahead.”

The new-look super soft was tested with the Gen3 prototypes at Queensland Raceway.

“We’ve already seen that the Gen3 cars wear the tyres significantly like the old car did,” said Fitzsimons.

“There’s a development plan to try some different compounds so we come up with a tyre that gives us a good event.

“Drivers mentioned in Darwin and Sydney that there wasn’t as many marbles compared to the soft tyre, so that could be a good thing moving forward.

“These cars won’t have an undertray, so they won’t stockpile all the rubber around corners or over bumps.”