Japanese tyre manufacturer Toyo is well known and respected for its highly capable off-road tyre range, but at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, guests were also treated to an impressive display of just how well this rubber works in the competitive arena – thanks to some of motorsport’s off-road stars laying on demonstration runs in the Activities Field and making the pilgrimage up the world’s most famous hillclimb.
In the activities field, Team Jewson Isuzu, the UK works rally team were laying down some impressive runs for the whole four days of the event. Piloted by Jason Sharpe and Tim Johnson, the two production class Isuzu D-Max pick-up trucks can usually be found pounding the forest stages of Scotland and Wales in the Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship. At Goodwood however, the team were more keen to entertain the crowds rather than set a blistering time, so both drivers made sure that power-slides and big air over the challenging jumps were the order of the day, rather than the usual neat and tidy lines of their rally campaign. Currently leading their class and third overall on the 2015 standings, the team ran faultlessly all weekend, kicking up huge plumes of dust from their Open Country All-Terrain tyres as the course dried out.
On the subject of entertainment – keen to give just that, American superstar Robby Gordon has also made the visit to FOS with his Open Country Mud-Terrain shod Stadium Super Trucks series. These looked superb running up the hallowed hill-climb route, but were perhaps most impressive when viewed on the Activities Field rally course. Here, Gordon wowed the crowd with his impressive car control and staggering jumps. Team Traxxas also showed up to the party with their Toyo-shod truck too, which made for a real spectacle as the two machines carved up the course. Perhaps trying a little too hard. Gordon actually managed to flip his truck during the weekend, as it dug into the ground during a particularly fast power-slide. However, after a scary-looking series of rolls it landed back on its wheels to allow Gordon to drive it out of the stage. A real testament to the durability of both man and machine!
Commenting on the 2015 FOS event, Toyo UK marketing Manager Sarah Curtis said “We couldn’t have asked for a better event really. The weather has been perfect, the teams have driven sensationally – and it has been a wonderful way for us to show off what Toyo products can do off road. It’s great to show that our road-legal, daily-driven products can more than cut it in the competitive arena. Motorsport is hugely important to our brand, so we’re delighted to support such talented drivers and such successful teams.”
For more information on the Toyo product range, please click to www.toyo.co.uk