TIME TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE SS600 QUALIFYING

Expect last-minute time attacks in the SuperSports 600cc category this season as ARRC official tyre supplier Dunlop brings a new element to their tyre allocations.

 

Last year, the 600cc riders crafted their qualifying and race strategies around an allocation with 5 medium compound fronts and 5 medium rears. Now in 2020, the riders find an additional soft rear added to that allocation.

 

Here’s the comparison breakdown for easy reference:

 

TYRE MODEL/COMPOUND 2019 ALLOCATION 2020 ALLOCATION
KR149 (Front) (Medium) 5 5
KR133 (Rear) (Medium) 5 5
KR133 (Rear) (Soft) 0 1

 

The outcome of the amendment was immediately apparent as Adam Norrodin from PACHI ZK Racing punched in a new SS600 lap record during the pre-season tests.

 

 

QUOTE: KENTARO KOBAYASHI, MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE ENGINEER, SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES LTD (DUNLOP)

 

“The SuperSports 600cc class was supposed to be more developmental in nature. But the teams have requested to make the class more competitive. As a result, the age limit in the SS600 (25 years) was removed.

 

This is Dunlop’s contribution to make the SuperSports 600cc more exciting and more competitive. We can now expect to see last minute time attacks in the closing minutes of the qualifier.”