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Goodyear signs new WEC deal as Monza, Kyalami added to calendar

The SMP Racing BR1 of Vitaly Petrov, Mikhail Aleshin and Stoffel Vandoorne drives during the Le Mans 24 Hour Race (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

Tyre manufacturer Goodyear has been unveiled as a premium partner of the World Endurance Championship as part of a wider agreement involving the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).

Goodyear also becomes the official and exclusive tyre supplier to the LMP2 category of the WEC, which is sanctioned by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

The LMP2 deal begins with the eight-round 2020-21 season, when all entrants will be supplied with Goodyear tyres. The supply of tyres to all LMP2 entries in the ELMS will begin in April 2021.

Goodyear will increase its WEC brand visibility on and off the track to support the launch of its new range of tyres featuring motorsport-derived technology. The company will receive track and pit lane branding, along with significantly increased marketing and media activation.

In other news, the provisional calendar for the 2020-21 WEC season has been revealed, with rounds in Monza (Italy) and Kyalami (South Africa) included for the first time.

Monza hosted the WEC Prologue in April 2017 but has never staged a regular-season race. The upgraded Kyalami circuit is completely new to the calendar and the series hopes to attract new fans with the addition of a South African race.

The 2020-21 season is scheduled to start at Silverstone on September 5 before Monza hosts on October 4. Races are then planned in Fuji, Japan on November 1; Bahrain on December 5; Kyalami on February 6; Sebring, USA on March 19; Spa-Franchorchamps, Belgium on April 24 and Le Mans, France on June 12-13.

The calendar will be presented to the FIA Endurance Commission and submitted to the FIA World Motor Sport Council for approval in Geneva on March 6 next year.