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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Team Geriatric Rallycross target Pembrey podium

Landsail Team Geriatric racer Tony Lynch will hope to unlock the potential of his Toyota MR2 when the OBP Motorsport Retro Rallycross Championship heads for Pembrey this weekend.

Wigan driver Lynch and his team have worked hard on improving the car over the course of the season and debuted a new engine and revised suspension package last time out at Lydden Hill.

Early impressions were positive before an oil seal leak led to the team taking the precautionary decision to withdraw from the event after the second qualifying heat.

Having resolved the issue Team Geriatric head to South Wales looking to try and start climbing the Retro Rallycross standings.

Nevertheless their task is made a little more difficult due to the fact that earlier this season they missed a double-header at Pembrey during an engine replacement, meaning Lynch's rivals have more experience at the circuit than him this year. 

Lynch may be on the back foot a little, but he remains optimistic about the weekend ahead.

“Before the issue at Lydden Hill, we were able to get an idea of how the new engine has improved the car and I’m looking forward to building on that at Pembrey,” he said. “We know it’s just the first stage in where we want to get with the car, but I’m confident that we can go into the weekend in a position to try and push for some solid results.

“Obviously we lack track time at Pembrey compared to our rivals who competed in the two rounds we missed earlier in the season, but I don’t think it will hinder us too much and expect us to quickly get up to speed.

“As was the case at Lydden Hill, the results aren’t overly important this weekend but if there is the chance to try and pick up some silverware, I’ll be looking to take it!”

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Challenging return to action for Tony Lynch

Wigan racer Tony Lynch and his Landsail Team Geriatric outfit endured a challenging return to action in the OBP Motorsport Retro Rallycross Championship as the series headed for Lydden Hill for the fifth round of the season.

They headed for the famous Kent circuit ready to debut an upgraded version of the Toyota MR2 it acquired over the winter, with the team having missed the double-header at Pembrey back in June as modifications were carried out.

With a new, more powerful engine and upgraded AVO suspension parts fitted to the car, Tony hit the track for the opening practice session eager to see what impact the first stage of development would have on the car.

After coming through practice unscathed, Tony finished the opening qualifying heat second in the Retro Rallycross class and then finished third in heat two – posting his quickest lap of the weekend in the process.

It left Tony sitting second in class heading into the final qualifying heat, but checks on the engine before that heat showed an oil seal leak on the new unit.

With the engine being used for the first time, the decision was taken to withdraw the car from the final heat and from the remainder of the event to avoid potentially terminal damage to the new motor.

Whilst that meant an unfortunate – and rare – DNF for Tony and the team, there was plenty of cause for optimism about the remainder of the campaign, starting with a return to the Pembrey circuit in Wales next month.

“As a racer, it was tough to make the call to withdraw after the second heat and there was part of me that wanted to continue and hope that the engine would be okay,” he said. “However, given the investment that we have made in recent months, it simply wasn’t worth the risk when this is a year that is all about development for us rather than chasing wins and a championship title.

“While the end result isn’t what we were looking for, there are plenty of positives for us to take away from the Lydden Hill weekend. The initial pace with the new engine was good and we were getting quicker, and the new suspension had also improved the handling of the car.

“It shows that we are moving in the right direction and I think we can be confident that good times lie ahead.”

The Lydden Hill meeting was the first outing for the team with Landsail Tyres as title sponsor, with the Toyota running in a new-look livery that will now be in place for the remainder of the 2019 campaign.

"We're proud to have joined forces with Team Geriatric," Leigh Melling, Brand Manager for Landsail Tyres said. "Tony and the team have a winning mentality and we're thrilled to be able to help them compete in this year's Retro Rallycross Championship.

"The car already looks great in Landsail colours and just as millions of UK drivers trust Landsail tyres, we trust Team Geriatric to deliver success on the track!"

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Landsail J-Cup: Event round-up

The 2019 Landsail Tyres J-Cup began with the J/Boat family bidding a fond farewell to Paul Heys who passed away in February this year.

Before the start of racing, the 60-boat fleet gathered in the vicinity of the proposed location for the Paul Heys Memorial Buoy for a special tribute. during a minute's silence Paul's ashes were released in a seashell by his wife Marie-Claude and daughters Gemma and Natalie.

More than £25,000 has already been raised to cover the cost and maintenance of the Paul Heys Memorial Buoy for 10 years. To make a donation visit

The Landsail Tyres J-Cup is an annual event in which all J/Boats are invited to attend to race in one-design classes or under International Racing Certificate handicaps. The 2019 event was hosted by Royal Southern Yacht Club racing in the Solent. In total 10 different examples of the J/Boat range were in action with skippers from Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and the United States. This year's regatta also featured the J/70 UK Class Training Event.

In the 16-strong J/70 Class, Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat scored seven bullets out of nine races to win the class from Charles Thompson's Brutus. 

Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat was awarded the Landsail Tyres J-Cup for their impressive performance, the first time a J/70 team has won the prestigious trophy.

“I am shocked, this is totally unexpected!” said Paul. “A big thank you to Paul Heys, all of us here wish he was still around, and like many many of us, he has helped me enormously with my sailing. A big thank you to the Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat team, Charlie Cumbley, Ruairidh Scott, and Mario Trindade.”

In the IRC Big Boat Class, Chaz Ivill's J/112 Davanti Tyres, featuring Paul Heys' wife Marie Claude, won the class for a third year in a row after storming form third to take the crown. Davanti Tyres put in a stellar performance on the last day, winning all three races to win the class, just ahead of Mike Wallis' J/122 Jahmali. Isabelle Hung's “The Outsiders” racing J/122 Jolly Jellyfish were competing in their first J-Cup and finished on the podium in third.

In the IRC Small Boat Class, Frédéric Bouvier's J/99 J Lance 14 was in commanding form, scoring all podium finishes in nine races, including six bullets. President of J/Boats Inc. Jeff Johnstone, racing J/99 Jet, was runner-up but the American skipper gave the French J/99 a great battle, claiming a victory and one tie during the regatta. 

“What an amazing weekend,” said Jeff. "Having this many J/Sailors together is when the magic happens - you can design boats in a vacuum, and you are never quite sure how people respond to it until you show up at a regatta like this. The racing has been fantastic, run by a stellar race committee."

The 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup will be hosted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight from Thursday 2nd-Saturday 4th July, 2020. For more information visit

For a full rundown of the Landsail Tyres J-Cup results click here.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Landsail J-Cup: Day 2 round-up

Feisty conditions materialised for Day Two of the 2019 Landsail Tyres J-Cup and J/70 UK Class Training Event.

Gusty wind conditions, topping out at 30 knots, tested the mettle of the 60 teams racing in the Solent. With misty drizzle sweeping across the race area, visibility was poor and after two races completed sailors returned to the Royal Southern Yacht Club to enjoy the pleasant facilities on offer from the Upper Bar.

In the Small IRC Class Frédéric Bouvier J/99 J Lance 14 continued their impressive form taking the win in Race 4, but tied in the second race with Jeff Johnstone's J/99 Jet. Bob Baker's J/97 Jaywalker is still in second place but a win for Jet in the last race, means that the J/99 team are now just half a point behind.

Jeff Johnstone, President of J/Boats, was competing in Jet, Hull #1 of the new J/99. It has been 16 years since Jeff has been to the J-Cup.

“I still have a poster on my wall at home from that J-Cup, but over the years it has been hard to get here because we are always running regattas back home.” he said. “Having this many J/Sailors together is when the magic happens, you can design boats in a vacuum, and you are never quite sure how people respond to it until you show up at a regatta like this.

"Today was windy and shifty, and you need confidence in your boat, it's the hardest of conditions, and everybody seemed to make it around the course. On our boat we were rewarded with a great ride.”

Isabelle Hung's “The Outsiders” racing J/122 Jolly Jellyfish are competing in their first J-Cup, and had a stellar day despite the conditions, posting a 1-3 in the IRC Big Boat Class. Isabelle chartered the boat and got a great squad together, with her on bow.

After the discard kicked in Michael Wallis' J/122 Jahmali has held onto the lead by a single point. J/112 Davanti Tyres, skippered by Marie-Claude Heys, finished the day in third. These three teams are in the running for the class win after tomorrow's action.

Robin Stevenson's Upstart impressed in the J/92 Class, scoring two race wins to open up a lead of 3.5 points over David Greenhalgh's J'ronimo. Alan Macleod's Samurai J is lying third. The ten-strong class is extremely competitive, and for the second day running, there was a tie between two teams. This time between J'ronimo and Samurai J.

“With a new baby this year, the J-Cup is the first regatta of the season for Upstart,” said Robin. “The J/92 is the only boat I know, and this is a regatta full of great competition in the class. On the first day, the tide was a big factor but today with a cross-tide and big breeze, boat handling was the key. The crew did a great job, but we did manage to rip our kite in one submarine, and the tough luff also. We should be okay to get the rigging repaired by tomorrow but we will have our older kite up for the last day.”

In the J/111 Class, Tony Mack's McFly retained their lead, scoring a 1-2 today. Chris Jones & Louise Makin's Journeymaker II won the first race of the day to stay in contention with the leader. Paul van Driel's Sweeny scored a win in the last race, to finish the day in third place just a point behind Journeymaker II.

In the J/109 Class, John Smart's Jukebox won the first race of the day, but a 5-4 scoreline for the last two races, meant that five teams closed the gap on Jukebox's class lead. David Richards' Jumping Jellyfish won the last race of the day to move up to third, and was the J/109 of the day. Mike & Susie Yates Jago put in a top performance as well scoring a 4-3-2, in the 11-strong class.

Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream revelled in the tough conditions to post straight bullets to lead the J/88 class by seven points. Gavin Howe's Tigris scored a consistent 2-2-3 to retain second place. Dirk & Dianne van Beek's Sabriel Jr move up one place to third.

In the J/70 UK Class Training Event, Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat was unstoppable today, dominating the 16-strong fleet with straight bullets. Charles Thompson's Brutus was the runner-up in both of today's races, to move ahead of Clive Bush's Darcey. Graham Clapp's Jeepster had their best day so far scoring a 3-4.

See full results from the Landsail Tyres J-Cup here. For a full rundown of the J/70 UK Class Training Event, click here.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Landsail J-Cup: Day 1 round-up

Before the start of the 2019 Landsail Tyres J-Cup, the J/Boat family gathered for a special tribute to Paul Heys, MD of J/Boat distributor Key Yachting, who passed away in February.

All of the racing fleet gathered their yachts and crews observed a minute silence. Paul's wife and Key Yachting co-founder Marie Claude Heys, accompanied by Paul's daughters Gemma and Natalie, released a seashell containing Paul's ashes into the Solent.

Funds are being raised for a permanent mark in the Solent, the Paul Heys Memorial Buoy. Nearly £20,000 has already been pledged. To make a donation visit

When racing began in breezy conditions, Michael Wallis' J/122 Jahmali led the Large IRC Class from J/112 Davanti Tyres, skippered by Marie-Claude Heys.

“Paul Heys was like a father to all of us, and personally we go a long way back,” commented Michael Wallis. “We have been coming to race at just about every J-Cup. It is a fantastic get-together with like minded people, who like to race but observe the rules, and every now and then you let someone cross ahead, knowing they will return the favour. Paul Heys was a huge inspiration to all of us, and it was wonderful to pay tribute to him with such good people out on the Solent.”

There was close racing in the J/92 Class right from the start, with a tie for the win in the first race between Robin Stevenson's Upstart and Alan Macleod's Samurai J. Upstart continued to impress with a second and first to end the day at the top of the leaderboard. David Greenhalgh's J'ronimo scored a 4-1-2 to finish the first day in second place, just 1.5 points in front of Samurai J.

In the J/111 Class, Tony Mack's McFly scored a 3-1-1 to lead the class but only by a single point for Chris Jones & Louise Makin's Journeymaker II. Paul van Driel's Sweeny is in third position. In the J/109 Class, John Smart's Jukebox is ahead by a single point from Christopher Preston's Jubilee, Simon Perry's Jiraffe is third. In the J/88 Class, Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream scored a 2-1-1 to hold a five point advantage over Gavin Howe's Tigris. Richard Cooper's Jongleur is third. In the Small IRC Class Frédéric Bouvier J/99 J Lance 14 scored a 1-1-2 to top the leaderboard. Bob Baker's J/97 Jaywalker is just a point behind in second, and Jeff Johnstone's J/99 Jet is third.

In the J/70 UK Class Training Event, Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat was fully launched, winning all three races. Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat was the top performing J/70 at the recent European Championships, and that time on the water against top international competition, is reaping rewards.

Clive Bush's Darcey posted a 5-3-2, to end the day in second place. Charles Thompson's Brutus is third by way of countback despite equalling Darcey's scoreline. Martin Dent's Jelvis is fourth, also by virtue of countback from Tim Collins' EV Experts.

Racing at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup and J/70 UK Class Training Event, continues today with three races scheduled for all classes in the Solent.

All J Boats are invited to attend the Landsail Tyres J-Cup to race in the one design fleets or under IRC. For more information about the Landsail Tyres J-Cup visit

Monday, June 10, 2019

Grand Slam glamour for Landsail Tyres J-Cup 2019

The Landsail Tyres J-Cup returns with a little extra Grand Slam magic sprinkled on top for 2019.

Organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club and Key Yachting UK, the Landsail-supported cup will run alongside the J/70 UK Class training event, incorporating the UK Grand Slam Series. This is a key stepping stone to to the first J/70 World Championship to be held in the UK!

Racing action is expected to be exciting and highly competitive, especially in the J/109 and J/88 Classes, which will decide their respective UK National Championships. Between July 18 and 20, nine races are scheduled on the challenging, tight Solent courses.

The grande finale will be the J-Cup Gala Dinner on Saturday, July 20 at the Royal Southern YC Clubhouse.

Simon Perry's Jiraffe is one of the early entry favourites in te J/109 class and he said: "The J-Cup is the National Championships for the J/109 class and a fantastic opportunity to enjoy being part of the extended J-Boat family.

"We love the rapid fire windward/leeward racing. It's the high point of the J/109 Calendar and we're hoping for strong participation. It is always a great event with a very special atmosphere."

All J/Boats are invited to attend the Landsail Tyres J-Cup to race in either the the one-design fleets or under International Racing Certificate rules. For more Landsail Tyres J-Cup sailing information visit

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Landsail racers take JapFest by storm

Landsail Tyres' JapFest show debut at Silverstone was a major success.

The brand that is #trustedbymillions offered visitors the chance to enjoy classic NSX racing - in miniature! 

Its branded model racetrack system consistently drew the crowds at the storied racetrack and helped hundreds of drivers find out more about Landsail's extensive range of over 300 fitments of car, van and SUV tyres.

"It was a fantastic show," said Leigh Melling, Landsail Brand Manager. "Of course our incredible model racetrack was a major attraction but JapFest was full of really engaged, savvy drivers who understood tyres and knew what they wanted from them.

"So many of them stuck around after they had raced to learn more about our tyres, particularly our LS588 UHP model. By the end a lot of visitors were switched on to the potential benefits of trying Landsail tyres. With 1 in every 25 tyres sold a Landsail, unsurprisingly we also saw a few people who already had Landsail tyres fitted to their own Japanese cars."

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Landsail to make JapFest debut with unique driving experience

Landsail Tyres are coming to Japfest for the first time this year - bringing with them an exciting new driving challenge to test the skills of show visitors at Silverstone!

The popular tyre brand has gone all-in on its maiden appearance, signing up as Track Time Sponsor and bringing with it The Racing Bug, a race system that will allow people to get behind the wheel of a classic Nissan NSX.

And we’re not talking virtual reality here, this is physical, real-life wheel-to-wheel racing… at scale.

It promises to be an exciting debut for a brand which sells 1 in 25 of all new tyres purchased in the UK each year and which has developed a reputation for trustworthy, reliable, great value tyres.

“The Landsail range covers 97% of passenger cars and SUVs on sale in the UK,” said Leigh Melling, Landsail UK Brand Manager. “Consumer confidence is high and we are trusted by millions thanks to personal and industry recommendations and the customer experience.

“Once drivers try our tyres they cannot believe they are so affordable. They offer the grip, control, braking and all-round composure you need day in, day out.”

Landsail’s range includes the popular LS588 UHP tyre. As the UK market has seen a rise in demand for low profile UHP tyres for everything from Japanese performance cars to SUVs, the LS588 has come into its own as a consumer favourite.

If you’re looking for sharp high-speed braking performance and cornering grip in a cost-effective, trustworthy package, the LS588 is a great place to start.

It features a much larger contact area to maintain stability and grip and that control stays with the driver into the corners, ensuring that high performance doesn’t mean high drama in the turns.

Landsail also allows drivers to buy online and arrange fitting at a local dealer on a convenient date.

Explore the entire Landsail range here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Speed of Sight and Landsail Tyres agree major charity partnership extension

Disabled driving charity Speed of Sight and Landsail Tyres have announced a major extension of their title sponsorship deal for 2019.

An incredible initial year in 2018 saw the Manchester-based charity use the partnership to extend its reach across the UK, offering more car enthusiasts with disabilities the chance to enjoy the thrill of driving on a track day than ever before.

After charity co-founder and blind speed world record-holder Mike Newman and his team detailed the charity’s growth plans for 2019, which will see further increases in the number of experiences it offers, Landsail jumped at the chance to extend the partnership.

John Galloway, who co-founded the charity with Mike Newman, said that maintaining its relationship with Landsail was a key foundation block for Speed of Sight’s plans.

“Thanks to the support and exposure our partnership with Landsail Tyres created last year, we have attracted a lot more supporter organisations within the motor industry,” he said.

“But to get our expansion plans going - holding more events at more venues, expanding our office to process more applications, basically offering more disabled people the chance to enjoy track-day driving - we wanted to keep Landsail on board.

“They have been our most supportive partner and they transformed how we thought about sponsorship, partnerships and how we as a charity engage with businesses and supporters.

Peter Cross, Landsail’s UK Commercial Manager, said the tyre brand had forged a strong relationship with Speed of Sight over the past 12 months and was proud to extend the partnership.

“There is a perfect synergy between Landsail, a tyre brand that is trusted by millions, and Speed of Sight, where the service users place their trust completely in professional race drivers to advise and - in certain cases - navigate for them,” he said.

“In just a year this partnership has become incredibly important to us. We have seen first hand the impact the volunteers’ work has on those who apply for track days and we’ve been able to share that with our UK retailers.

“It is a very emotional experience for disabled people, whether they’ve had to stop driving or have never been able to, to go out with Speed of Sight and take control of a performance car. Working with them to to help offer that feeling to a growing number of people is special, and we take enormous pride in seeing Speed of Sight continue to thrive.

“We even shared the Speed of Sight experience with some of our customers, sending them out for a drive blindfolded with Speed of Sight around Three Sisters racetrack in Wigan. It was an experience they reported had altered their understanding of disability and what is possible, hopefully that is the message we are helping to promote with Speed of Sight.”

If you would like more information about Speed of Sight visit

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Landsail J-Cup makes history with first overseas champion!

A bumper 66 teams of sailors from Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands raced in the 19th edition of the Landsail Tyres J-Cup - the J-Boats festival of racing.

The cup also also incorporated four UK National championships for the J97, J88, J109, and J111 Classes. All four championships were decided in the very last race and the IRC and J/92 Classes also displayed highly competitive fields.

Paul van Driel & Hans Zwijnenburg's Dutch J111 Sweeny became the first overseas team to claim the J-Cup, the overall prize, in the history of the event. Sweeny was also won the 11-strong J111 Class, winning the last two races, to come from behind.

“Winning the J-Cup comes as quite a surprise.” smiled Paul van Driel. “I would really like to thank the organisers, they did a really good job, producing outstanding racing. We love coming to this event because we get such a warm welcome and everybody is so helpful, We love racing in the J-Cup and that is why we will definitely come back.”

In the J88 Class there was a photo finish with J-Dream winning on countback from Gavin Howe's Tigris. Tim Tolcher's Raging Bull was third and Richard Cooper's Jongleur made the podium in two races to finish fourth.

Five teams made the podium in the J109 championship, won by Jolly Jack Tar in the final leg of the final race. John Smart's Jukebox made the podium in every race to finish a worthy runner-up, and Neil Angel's Diamond Jem was third, just two points ahead of Simon Perry's Jiraffe. Chris Preston's Jubilee scored a podium finish to end the regatta in fifth.

In the J111 National Championship Sweny's victory could not resolve the UK championship as they were ineligible, so the honours went to Journeymaker II, which finished in second place for the class, with Sjaak Haakman's Dutch team on Red Herring claiming third, just a point ahead of Michiel van der Meulen's Swiss Lällekönig. Sebastian de Liedekerke's Djinn and Paul Griffiths' Jagerbomb also scored podium race finishes.

The 20-strong J70 Class was hotly contested with seven teams making the podium over the six race series. Graham Clapp's Jeepster scored two race wins and discarded a fourth. Consistency was the name of the game, aided by world class talent including NACRA 17 World Champion Ben Saxton. Olympic 49er sailor Sophie Ainsworth. Geoff Carveth and Doug Struth's DSP was second and Clive Bush's Darcey was third. Patrick Liardet's Cosmic finished the regatta with a 2-2 to place fourth and Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat scored a race win to finish fifth.

In the IRC class Caz Ivil's Davanti Tyres won the class for the second year in a row but was pushed hard all the way by Mike and Sarah Wallis' J122 Jahmali, which won the last two races of the series to come runner-up. Mike Lewis' J80 Jester was on the podium for all but one race, to finish the regatta in third and Angus Bates J133 Assarain IV also made the podium. Piotr Nahajski’s J95 Jollity was fifth.

“We had some really good teams to race against, and the variety of conditions and courses kept us on our toes the whole regatta.” said Chaz. “I have hardly ever missed a J-Cup, because it is an outstanding event, and really well organised which attracts a great bunch of people to come and race their team. Racing with lots of boats on the race course, was a great experience and good practice for Cowes Week.”

The J92 Class winner was Robin Stevenson's Upstart, which held on to win by a single point from Jack Banks' Nightjar. David Greenhalgh's J'ronimo was always in contention but an OCS in Race 4 proved costly, with the team finishing third for the regatta. Guy Stansell's Captain Scarlett and Ralph Mason's Jabberwock tied after time correction in Race 4.
The Regatta Supper and Final Prize Giving at the Cowes Event Centre was a fitting occasion to bring the 2018 Landsail Tyres J-Cup to a close. Key Yachting's Paul Heys was the Master of Ceremonies, and as each winner came up for their prize, they were cheered on by the J-Boats family

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Crews gear up to battle for Landsail Tyres J-Cup glory

A bumper entry of 66 teams is set to challenge for the Landsail Tyres J-Cup this Bank Holiday weekend.


The 19th edition of the ever popular J-Boats festival has 11 different examples of the range, including four National Championships for the J/88, J/97, J/109 and J/111 Classes. Organised by the Island Sailing Club, the action is exciting and highly competitive, racing on tight Solent courses.


An international fleet of J/111s will be racing, featuring 11 teams from Belgium, Germany Great Britain, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The J/111 World Championship will be held in Breskens, Netherlands this September and the Landsail Tyres J-Cup, in partnership with B&G, is an important part of the build up.


“We have a great fleet for the J-Cup and Sweeny is really looking forward to this event," said Paul van Driel, owner-driver of the Sweeny boat. "The J-Cup is extremely important for us since it is our last chance before the Worlds to see where we stand in this international field, we expect really close racing.”


The ever popular J/109 Class will also have 11 teams on the start line for its National Championship, including last year's winner David Richards aboard Jumping Jellyfish and 2016 National Champion Joe Henry with Jolly Jack Tar.

The J/70 Class will be out in force with 21 teams registered including the top contenders for the UK Grand Slam Series. Ian Wilson's Soak Racing will have Irish Olympian Marshall King on the tiller, Swansea's Philip Rees will be racing Bryn, and Doug Struth's DSP will represent the Royal Southern YC, with Geoff Carveth on the team. Martin Dent's Jelvis will also be in the mix.

The J/88 Classes will also be contesting its National Championship at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup. The 2016 National Champion and J-Cup winner, Gavin Howe, will be looking to win back the title aboard Tigris. David and Kirsty Apthorp's J Dream has previously been runner up and third and they are hungry for their first J/88 National Title.

Andy and Annie Howe's Black Jack II will be going for a hat-trick of National Titles in the J/97 Class but they will face stuiff competition from Bob and Jon Baker's retuirning Jaywalker, runner-up last year, pus entries from Robert Hunt's Jumblesail 2 from Hamble and Yann Gindre's L'Opale from La Trinite Sur Mer.

The J-Cup always has an atmosphere quite different to other regattas," said Annie Howe. "Maybe it's because we all have something in common, but for us it seems to encapsulate what we have always strived for, serious racing on the water. We haven’t missed a J-Cup since we got our first J-Boat in 2009. Every one is different and we’ve had a blast at every single one of them.”

Six teams will be racing in the J/92 class. Robin Stevenson's 2015 J-Cup winner, Upstart and Guy Stansell's Captain Scarlet, are both members of the Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham. Brian Malone's Blue Diamond Dodjer and Jack Banks' Nightjar will be representing the host, Island Sailing Club, Ralph Mason's Jabberwock will be racing, and David Greenhalgh's J'ronimo, a former overall winner of Black Group at Cowes Week, will be representing the Royal Southern Yacht Club.

Six One Design Classes will be racing at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup, with additional IRC entries from Mike Lewis' J/80 Jester, Piotr Nahajski's J/95 Jollity, Angus Bates' J/133 Assarain IV, Mike & Sarah Wallis' J/122 Jahmali and the holder of the J-Cup, Chaz Ivill's J/112 Davanti Tyres.

A maximum of nine races are scheduled over three days from Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27.

For more information visit Islands Sailing Club or

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Landsail Tyres the right fit for Speed Of Sight charity

Driving charity Speed Of Sight and Landsail Tyres have launched a new partnership for 2018.


The Manchester-based organisation uses specially adapted high-performance cars to offer track day experiences for individuals with disabilities, including the blind and partially sighted. Landsail will support SOS in fundraising efforts and at awareness events.


Landsail will also provide tyres for its vehicles, which include a powerful unique kit car. Resembling a Caterham Seven, it has been adapted with dual controls including two steering wheels to allow disabled drivers to drive at race-speeds in tandem with an instructor.


Trusted by millions, Landsail offers one of the widest ranges of tyre sizes and types in the UK and will also run special limited discount offers in conjunction with Speed Of Sight during the partnership.


Speed Of Sight Charity CEO Mike Newman, who was born blind and holds the world record for the fastest speed driven by a man blindfolded (200.51mph) and the fastest speed piloting a boat blindfolded (93.58mph) said that the support of Landsail was very important to the charity’s work.


“I have always loved speed - and in particular being in control of speed,” he said. “But as a blind person feeding that passion is challenging.


“What Speed Of Sight does is make it much easier for individuals who may not be able to independently experience high-speed driving to enjoy the thrill of a track day.


“Having the support of an organisation like Landsail Tyres, which really understands what we are doing and more importantly, why we are doing it, is important. The nature of life is that to run a charity like this there are costs to meet and equipment we need.


“Partnering with Landsail, a brand that truly gets what our mission is, is a great step for us because we are working with a business that shares our goals.”


Peter Cross, Landsail’s UK Commercial Manager, said: “The opportunity to join forces with Speed Of Sight was one we simply couldn’t ignore.


“It is hard to imagine how it feels to want to feel the thrill of speed, the power of controlling a vehicle, without ever being able to do it.


“By supporting Speed Of Sight we hope to play a part in helping more disabled people break down that barrier and enjoy an experience that most people take for granted.”

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Continued expansion for Sentury Tires

We released a story last year about Sentury Tyres, Landsail’s parent company, opening a new factory in Thailand - now that factory is fully operational and the first batch of tyres have arrived in the UK and Ireland.

You may have noticed a few tiny changes in the EU Tyre Label scores for a few sizes (nearly all positive) - this is due to subtle changes in the processes in production machinery at the new plant.

In addition to newly opened Thai factory, Sentury has also announced plans to build a $530 million consumer tyre plant in the USA.  The plant, to be located in Georgia, is anticipating production to start in 2018 and will build up to a projected manufacturing capacity of 12 million passenger and light truck tires taking Sentury’s total capacity to 37 million tyres a year with all three facilities.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Landsail turns it up in Ireland

After the recent success of the relaunch in Northern Ireland, the Magowan Tyres Wholesale team are hoping to replicate in the Republic of Ireland with a concentrated sales push.

Jonny Douglas, Sales Manager at MT Wholesale says “With a new strategy and new branding for Landsail, it makes sense to push the brand a lot more. It’s the leading budget brand on the market with good EU label scores and we’re backing it up with great support for our dealers.”

MT Wholesale are also planning on using Landsail to expand their dealer network in southern Ireland. In October, members of Magowan Wholesale and Landsail Tyres came together to exhibit at the Auto Trade Expo in Ireland.

Jonny says “With dealers coming to the show from all over and the very competitive offering Landsail provides, we’re sure to grow the brand and its awareness in Ireland.”

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Featured Dealer Bold Tyres

Ian Gore, Owner of Bold Tyre Centre in St Helens has been in the motor trade for nearly 20 years, covering nearly all aspects including sales, service, mot, repairs and tyres.

After owning and operating various motor services sites, Ian decided to specialise in tyres, an area he enjoyed most and felt he could excel in. He opened Newton Tyre in 2011 and a few years later, expanded and merged it into a bigger site in Bold, St Helens.

From tyre fitting, repairs and balancing to computerised wheel alignment, Bold Tyre Centre caters to nearly all vehicles including cars, 4x4’s, vans, caravan, and HGV’s and have earned a reputation based on their quality to be contracted fitters for Nissan’s GTR range and a local supercar dealership to name a few. 

Bold Tyre Centre’s success can be attributed to the team’s one simple rule: putting their customers first and going the extra mile whenever required. Ian and his team know a good tyre when they see it which is why they’ve been selling Landsail Tyres for nearly five years and have never looked back.

Ian says “As a brand, I cannot praise it enough. There’s a number of tyre brands on the market that offer consumers performance without the big price tag but for us, Landsail stands out head and shoulders above the rest. We very often get customers favourably comparing Landsail to premium brands and deciding to stick with them for their future tyre purchases.”

“The brand’s given us a large loyal customer base who are happy with the product and not only return to us, but recommend us to others and we’re very grateful to them. Our goals are to keeping building and growing upon the solid foundations we have made with the continued hard work and dedication of our fantastic team to further solidify our reputation as a customer focused company.”

For more information on how to become a Landsail Performance Centre, contact your GroupTyre account manager.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Winter is coming

Days are starting to get shorter and colder so it’s time to start thinking about winter tyres. It’s common knowledge for fitters, but most of the general public don’t realise the importance of winter tyres. They’re not just for snowy and icy condition, but for any conditions in temperature below 7° celsius.

Landsail’s winter range is a great affordable choice for all drivers in the UK and consists of the Winter Lander, Winter Star and Snow Star. 

The Winter Lander is designed for the PCR market and delivers excellent performance in cold snowy conditions. It features an advanced winter grip compound for enhanced traction, a V-shaped tread pattern to evacuate water and special snow traction grooves and sipes for superior snow bite. 

The Winter Star is a high performance tyre designed specifically for SUV’s and 4x4’s. With a cold weather silica compound, an advanced shoulder design and 3D sipes, the Winter Star offers improved traction and braking in the depths of winter. 

For commercial van drivers, the Snow Star delivers grip, durability and performance in demanding conditions. It’s saw tooth lateral grooves maximise grip force and maintain handling while the progressive shoulder design provides robust traction when cornering. For more information on Landsail’s winter range, contact your business development manager or our sales department.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Landsail rallies for its dealers

Landsail held a special corporate day with the help of Sion Ellis, their sponsored rally driver in various Welsh series, where a handful of key local dealers were invited to the Forest Experience Rally school in Powys, Wales to have a taste of rallying.

Everyone had a chance to go around the course with an instructor but the highlight of the event was a fast and exhilarating stage as a passenger with Sion behind the wheel of his Landsail Tyres Nissan Sunny GTi.

In the Welsh Rally series, Dolgellau’s Sion faced disappointment at the weekend as his championship hopes went up in smoke at the Winner Garage Wyedean Stages based in the Forest Of Dean. 

With only a finish required to take the ANWCC Forest Rally Championship, Ellis and Chester-based Dan Nieroda took the Landsail Tyres-backed Nissan Sunny to Mitcheldean for the season finale of both the ANWCC and Welsh Rally Championships. “We only need to finish to take the title and a good result will also help with our class position in the Welsh Championship.” Explained Ellis.

Overnight rain left the gravel roads of the Forest of Dean in a very difficult condition as the pair lined up for the first stage. With a focus on a finish, a steady run through the slippery stage saw the Blendline Apparel supported pairing hold a comfortable position overall, but disaster was to strike on the first corner of the second stage.

A few hundred yards into the second stage a brake line was to burst under the car, forcing the crew to drive at a reduced pace but worse was to come as the brake fluid was leaking onto the hot exhaust resulting in smoke and a small fire underneath the car. Pulling up on the stage, Ellis and Nieroda extinguished the fire and went to work finding a solution to fix the brake lines. Working on the car in the forest, the AutoMax prepared Nissan Sunny was soon on its way again but the effort was to be in vain as the team ended up with too many time penalties and out of the event.

“It is very disheartening; the car is ready to continue but we have gone over our allowed lateness. We still take second in the ANWCC Forest Championship and second in our class for the Welsh Championship.” Said Nieroda at the rally-base in Mitcheldean. “We have to say thanks to everyone who have helped us on the events and in the workshop, we’re still pleased to have achieved what we have this year and we’re now looking at plans for 2017.”

Friday, September 23, 2016

Keeber qualifies third for strong finish to BDC season

Last Friday, the north-west corner of Wales held the final round of the British Drift Championship at Anglesey. The circuit is located right on the coastline and gives some great views from where it is situated, the only downside to this place is you never really know what weather you’re going to get.

Saturday morning. the drovers woke up to bright sunshine but the temperature didn’t match how it looked. The track only featured two corners and four clipping points but that didn’t make it any less challenging because of the high speed entry and first corner down into a tight second hairpin. 

Wayne’s first few runs in practice were spoilt by yellow flags and  his next run resulted in the auxiliary belt coming off mid corner and which prevented him finishing the run. He limped the car back to the pits to rectify the issue, fit a new belt and headed back out for the rest of practice. 

The car was feeling great and this meant it was easier for me to run the line the judges had asked for. A couple of sets of tyres and an hour later, that was the end of the practice session so the car was prepped for Sunday.

The practice session went without issue for Wayne who was happy that he was getting the best out of himself and the car. After a quick refuel and new set of tyres, Wayne headed out for qualifying. 

“I put my first run in and it felt good from in the car and after the run I got a message say it was good enough for 2nd place at the time with 6 more cars to go. By the time my second run came round I was sitting in 2nd place and guaranteed a top 8 place so had no pressure on my next run I pushed harder than my first run as there was nothing to lose and I scored better than the first but not enough for top spot and after all the cars had qualified I dropped down a place to 3rd.” 

For the second round running, Wayne qualified top 8 which meant he was straight in the main event without having to take part in sudden death battles. His first battle was against Matt Carter from Team Japspeed who had won his sudden death battle to make it to the top 16. 

A slight drizzle started coming down as Wayne and Matt sat waiting but it didn't seem to be enough for anyone to start altering tyre pressures or anything. 

“When it came to our battle, just as we set off from the line the drizzle got a bit harder but as we initiated into the first corner the initial grip was ok then all of a sudden it went and it was like being on ice. I managed not to spin but because of the amount of angle the car had it put me massively off line.” 

“For the second run I was chase car and this time I thought I knew what to expect but the levels of grip had changed and where there was a bit before, there wasn't this time and I caught the tyre wall with the rear of my car which caused me to straighten and at that point I knew I had lost the battle unfortunately and that was the end of my day.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my sponsors for their support over the year and without them it wouldn't have been possible for me to compete in the British Drift Championship.”

Even with a few car problems this year, Wayne managed to finish the British Drift Championship season in a solid 8th place. The real challenge for Wayne will come later this year as he's soon to become a father. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Great Weekend For Wayne Keeber at Lydden Hill

Wayne Keeber had a great weekend at the Lydden Hill British Drift Championship giving one of his best performances.

Wayne says "There was a slight change of layout this time for Lydden as the track was to be run in reverse which has been done once before and personally I prefer it in reverse. It's a more challenging and technical layout which makes the drivers work harder to run the line the judges wanted to see. I'm always up for a challenge and was looking forward to this one."

Also for this round the format was changed due to time restrictions and this meant that a majority of our practice was on Saturday instead of all being Sunday.

"Practice for me was really good, I felt good in the car and was loving the track layout as it was rewarding the brave drivers as a fast and on the edge entry was needed to be able to make the track work. I was happy with how practice went and was looking forward to qualifying and battles on Sunday."

On Sunday morning the drivers had a final 30 minute practice which was used to check track conditions as there had been rain overnight but there was no real change from the previous day. After practice it was qualifying and Wayne was confident of a decent result but it is always going to be hard to achieve due to the quality of the driving in BDC this year.

With only two runs in qualifying, Wayne's first was a good banker run which put him in 6th position initially with 7 or 8 drivers still to do their runs. He dropped a wheel in the dirt on the final corner which may of resulted in a slight reduction in points but wouldn't impact his overall score too much. For his second run, Wayne was able to push a little harder knowing that he had definitely qualified and he improved on his first run even though he caught the dirt again in the same place. Wayne managed to score higher than his first and ended up qualifying in 7th - his best of the year. Being in the top 8 it meant Wayne would sit out the sudden death battles which determines the second half of the top 16 battles.

Into the top 16 and Wayne's first battle was against Adam Simmons in his Skyline R33 from Slide Motorsport. Wayne started as the lead car in the first run and managed to keep a good lead. Adam called a 5 minute rule between runs due to his aux belt coming off, with this fixed they lined back up and this time Wayne was chasing. He kept as close as he could to Adam and the judges awarded him the win.

The next battle was to be against ex champion Matt Carter from Team Japspeed. This one was going to be hard as Matt is regarded as one of the best in the UK. Matt was lead car for the first run and although Wayne had a good chase, a slight mistake gave Matt the advantage. In Wayne's lead run, he couldn't shake Matt off which meant Matt progressed to the next battle and Wayne was knocked out.

Wayne says "I wasn't disappointed however as I had the best weekend I've had for a while and added some more decent points on the board. This means I'm up to 6th in the championship with one more round to go at Anglesey in Wales which is also going to be a new layout this year. I hope I can carry this good weekend onto the final round and have a strong finish to the year."

Catch Wayne at the final BDC event in Anglesey on the 17th and 18th of September.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Landsail launches 4 Seasons Patterns

In response to the growing demand for All Season tyres across Europe, Landsail have launched their new 4-Seasons tyre. Available in the UK and Ireland exclusively through Grouptyre, the 4-Seasons is now available in a range of 25 sizes across two patterns covering both car and commercial sectors.

Both patterns incorporate a number of impressive features and benefits including a unique tread design specially created to give drivers confidence in all weather conditions. The tread pattern includes special inner blocks providing an extensive amount of wave stereoscopic sipes to effectively maintain rigidity on the road and guarantee complete control and impressive tractive performance in winter conditions such as rain, ice and snow.

At the same time, the computer optimised tread pattern pitches efficiently reduce noise levels giving a quiet and comfortable drive. Three wide longitudinal drainage grooves coupled with the tyres’ multiple cross pattern design guarantees increased dispersal of water, slush and snow, whilst the large outside block pattern ensures sufficient rigidity as well as a high standard of overall steering control.

In effect, the Landsail 4-Seasons All Weather PCR tyre offers a very versatile option and the range is currently available in sizes from 175/70R14 through to 225/45R17 in 45, 55, 60, 65 and 70 series.