A Clean sweep for BFGoodrich in 2008
BFGoodrich tyres took the spoils on a range of events in 2008 which that took them from Central Europe to the Iberian Peninsula, and even Brazil with its factory team partners Volkswagen, Mitsubishi and BMW, not to mention the brand's
successes with the Buggy-Schlesser in Morocco and over the sand of Tunisia. Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) brought BFGoodrich top honours in the FIA Cup for Cross-Country Bajas and an 11th title in the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup, while the brand's tyres also won the Baja 100 for the 22nd time since 1986.
The 2008 rally-raid season kicked off in Hungary with the Central Europe Rally, the first event to count towards the newly-created Dakar Series. The sandy, rolling countryside of the Hungarian plains and the twisty tracks of Romania's Carpathian Mountains produced an incredibly close battle, with victory ultimately going to Carlos Sainz (VW/BFGoodrich).
BFGoodrich's partner teams then followed different programmes. Mitsubishi and BMW competed with the new All-Terrain tyre for the first time on the Rali Transiberico (Portugal), while the Volkswagen Race Touareg 2s were contesting the Rally Sertoes in Brazil. The Transiberico turned out to be another extremely close event, with victory going to Frenchman Luc Alphand (Mitsubishi).
Mitsubishi and BMW were back in action on the Baja Espana at the end of July where Nasser Al-Attiyah produced a maiden win for BFGoodrich's new All-Terrain tyre. The Qatarbased driver and his BMW X3 CC won practically every stage to finish ahead of Spaniard Nani Roma (Mitsubishi/BFGoodrich).
The second fixture of the Dakar Series saw Volkswagen engage in battle once again with the BMW and Mitsubishi squads as the three leading rally-raid teams profited from the Portuguese event to fine-tune their preparations for the 2009 Dakar. Stéphane Peterhansel took revenge by beating Carlos Sainz by a mere 16 seconds. Then, towards the very end of the year, Nasser Al-Attiyah wrapped up two major cross-country titles for BMW and BFGoodrich, while victory in the 41st Baja 1000 was claimed by Roger Norman and Larry Roeseler in their Ford F-150 competing on BFGoodrich tyres.