Dunlop ready for return of the “Q Tire” this weekend at CTMP

The final event of the 2017 Mopar CSBK National Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will feature the use of special Dunlop Qualifying Tires during the second and final Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole session on Friday, August 18.  The results of this session for the top ten quickest racers will establish the starting grid for Saturday’s penultimate round of the 2017 Mopar Pro Superbike National Feature class.

The tires are offered free-of-charge to the front running racers by Dunlop and their Canadian Race Tire Distributor Pro6 Cycle in west Toronto.

This Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole session will be the second time that Dunlop “Q Tires” have been used in CSBK – the first time was one year ago on Friday, August 19, 2016.  At that time, reigning Champion Jordan Szoke set a new Qualifying lap record aboard the Mopar Express Lane/Motovan backed BMW S1000RR Superbike, with a lap of 1:20.778 seconds, at an average speed of 176.351 kilometers per hour.  

Szoke’s new outright motorcycle lap record compares well to the new race record of 1:21.021, also set by Szoke, during Saturday’s opening race of the 2016 Double Header format event, the next day.   

Pro Superbike Feature race competitors are scheduled to take to the track at 12:45 PM on Friday August 18, with the top racers then moving on to a second, final brief “Shoot Out” with the Qs at 2:30 PM.

The special Q rear rubber, recognizable thanks to the yellow stripes on their sidewalls, will be released to the fastest riders for the brief runs in that crucial final session.

At every Mopar CSBK weekend, the Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole session establishes the top ten starting positions on the starting grid for the next day’s main event, as well as awarding two thousand dollars in prize money and a Rockwell watch to the winner of the DTI Pole Position.

“The spec of these tires is similar to what we debuted with last year,” explained Sandy Noce of Pro6.  “This year’s build is the same compound, the same formula.”

As far as required procedures are concerned for the short duration “Q tires,” Noce explains that “we learned from last year that if you don’t overdo it on your warm up lap, you might get two good laps out of the tire at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.  So it’s important to pace yourself on the out lap, and build to full speed as you start that first flying lap.

“I would expect that many of last year’s top ten will make it to DTI SuperPole again this year, so they have that experience, and that really helps.  They’ll trust the tire more, and then they can get more out of it.

“The key is the drive out of the turns, although this rear also offers more side grip, more ultimate traction, too.  But there is a skill, an art, to getting the most out of this tire, and I think our top racers might go even faster if the conditions are favourable this Friday.”

Noce also explained that the pace in the top class has been a step forward after four rounds this season, and he is optimistic about both single lap and race pace at the 4.03 km long, ten turn “former Mosport,” one of North America’s premier racing facilities.