For the Acropolis Rally
The Rally d'Italia Sardegna is classed as one of the WRC's average-wearing rallies and accordingly permitted just one type of tread pattern.
However, the second passes through Friday's stages proved extremely hard-wearing and gave a foretaste of
what next month's Acropolis Rally could well be like.
According to BFGoodrich's engineers and technicians, who recently travelled to Greece to recce the 2006 route, the new stages close to Athens are likely to be particularly hard-wearing and rough.
The Acropolis Rally permits two tread patterns and BFGoodrich has profited from this to launch a new tyre (new construction, new compound) which is even stronger than the g-Force Gravel 9+ used in Sardinia.
Its name will be revealed at a later date. Tests with the firm's partner teams have proved particularly encouraging and BFGoodrich's drivers are expected to nominate the newcomer in their individual tyre loads which will be confirmed this week.
Press release BFGoodrich