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Monday, May 17, 2021

Leicester City win the 2021 FA Cup

Landsail Tyres is proud to congratulate our partners Leicester City on winning the prestigious FA Cup for the first time ever.

A stunning Youri Tielemens strike sealed a Wembley win over Chelsea for the Foxes and saw Brendan Rodgers’ men join an elite group of only six English clubs to have won the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

As the official tyre partner of Leicester City Landsail has enjoyed joining them on their incredible road to glory this season, which fittingly ended in front of a live crowd of 21,000 people - the largest crowd at an English game since March 2020, the start of the first pandemic lockdown.

The Premier League is still to be completed so we wish everyone at Leicester all the best for the remaining games as you prepare to finish the season with fans inside the King Power Stadium.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Landsail Tyres Dealer of the Month: Tyldesley Tyres

For 37 years Tyldesley Tyres has kept the motorists of Tyldesley moving.

Renowned for sound advice and excellent service, current owners Karl Dickinson, Martin Shaw and their team are dedicated to upholding a reputation first established in 1984.

“We took over Tyldesley Tyres three years ago and instantly understood what made it a success,” said Karl.

“Offering customers honest expertise and advice and being open and fair about pricing means customers trust us.”

An authorised Landsail dealer, Tyldesley Tyres offers full servicing, repair and MOT testing in addition to tyres. As with many businesses, customer loyalty has been tested over the last 12 months as the global pandemic hit. 

“We run two sites and it was a challenge,” said Karl. “But with Landsail maintaining supply throughout we were able to ensure that key workers got to and from work safely and as things opened up we were able to access enough stock to meet a huge surge in demand.

“Much of that surge has seen customers choosing Landsail tyres. Our reputation is everything and we recommend Landsail as they are proven performers.

“Not only are they a reliable tyre range, they are excellent value for customers too. A lot of people ask for part-worn tyres these days thinking they will save money, but a completely new, trustworthy set of Landsail tyres is not a lot more. That’s why we encourage customers to try Landsail first.”

During the first lockdown Landsail worked with Tyldesley Tyres to install new signage, giving the business a more modern, eye-catching identity.

“We’ve had a few record months,” said Karl. “Customers needed to have their vehicles serviced - many of them have spent a long time sitting dormant.

“Growing awareness of Landsail - and its extensive size range - means more of them are choosing Landsail Tyres too.”

Learn more about Tyldesley Tyres at www.tyldesleytyres.co.uk.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Leicester City are off to Wembley for the 2021 FA Cup final!

They’ve done it! Leicester City have reached the FA Cup final for the first time in 52 years and Landsail Tyres has been by their side every step of the way. 

Kelechi Iheanacho’s strike against Southampton was enough to send the Foxes through to the showpiece game on 15 May - a just reward for Leicester’s unique blend of grit and flair this season.

As Official Tyre Partner of Leicester City, Landsail Tyres is proud to congratulate Brendan Rodgers’ side on their fantastic achievement.

“This has been an extraordinary season and Leicester have consistently shown they are among the Premier League’s best clubs,” said Chris Saunders, Landsail UK Brand Manager. “They have played with passion, power and precision in all competitions and now they have reached the most prestigious domestic trophy final in the world. 

“Landsail Tyres is proud to be associated with a club that has shown that with the right mix of talent and hard work, anything is possible.”

Follow Leicester City’s fortunes with Landsail Tyres on our social media channels:

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Landsail J-Cup to be first post-lockdown regatta

Landsail Tyres will return for the seventh year as main sponsor of the J-Cup sailing regatta.

Key Yachting has announced that the 2021 Landsail Tyres J-Cup will be the first major regatta in England following the proposed final stage of the UK Government roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions.

"Landsail Tyres are thrilled to once more be supporting the J-Cup regatta," said Chris Saunders, Landsail UK Brand Manager. "This will be Landsail's seventh regatta and being the first one after Covid restrictions are expected to ease - it is going to be extra special. The J Boats community always delivers exciting racing, and we can't wait to see who comes out on top this year!"

Hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, well over 50 teams are expected for the exclusive J Boats regatta, which includes the J/111 National Championship. 

“A big thank you to Landsail Tyres for their continued support of the J-Cup, this is going to be a lot of fun,” commented Key Yachting’s Wayne Palmer. “For over 20 years this has been the event that brings the J Boats family together and that is especially important in the current climate. The Key Yachting team is just as passionate about the regatta as the hundreds of sailors that will be taking part. We are determined to make it a memorable event for everyone involved.”

For more information about the 2021 Landsail Tyres J-Cup visit www.keyyachting.com.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Iain Cameron races into action with Landsail Tyres

Motorsport is back and Landsail Tyres has teamed up with Iain Cameron and Culcheth Tyres to take on the MX-5 Cup.

The single-make Mazda series pits driver against driver in almost identical machines, leaving the results down to pure driving ability.

You will have no trouble picking Culcheth Tyres owner Iain out as he pilots his striking blue and yellow Landsail-branded MX-5 around the best motor racing tracks in Britain.

In the opening races at Donington Park on Easter Monday Iain secured top-10 finishes & earned Driver of the Day to get his campaign off to a great start.

“I’m thrilled to be racing and I wanted my car to catch the eye," said Iain. “Thanks to Landsail it does exactly that!”

Leigh Melling, brand manager for Landsail Tyres, said the brand was proud to work with Iain on the project.

“Iain knows Landsail Tyres well, he has been a valued dealer for a number of years,” said Leigh. “When we spoke about his hopes to return in 2021 we were keen to help. Hopefully we will see it competing at the head of the field this year."

Watch live-streams of the MX-5 Cup at www.750mc.co.uk/live

Discover Culcheth Tyres’ services at www.culcheth-tyres.co.uk and explore Landsail at www.landsailtyres.co.uk.

 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Find balance between performance and value with Landsail’s SUV range

Millions of people buy or lease SUVs as a great way to get the family around - but what
about when they come to replace those big, hardworking tyres?

Many consumers don’t factor in the cost of tyres, which for SUVs in particular have to be
highly engineered to deliver comfort, responsive handling all under a heavier load than a
standard passenger car.

Specifically designed to feed drivers’ growing appetite for imposing family cars with large
wheels, Landsail’s LS588 SUV and CLV2 tyres take the sting out of driving a larger car
without compromising where it counts.

Both have been given key SUV stylings to maximise the performance and maintain the all-
important look of your car.

The LS588 is the Landsail SUV tyre for the premium SUV owner. Low profile, ultra-high
performance, a sporty tread pattern and dynamically optimised tread blocks that wear to
adapt to your driving style.

Grip comes courtesy of the LS588’s separate blocks and sipes, designed to maximise road
contact and to drive away water to prevent aquaplaning.

An advanced silica compound reduces rolling resistance to increase fuel efficiency -
optimising both grip and MPG even in the true heavyweight SUVs.

Most importantly, particularly considering the extra weight carried by SUVs, all three of
Landsail’s SUV tyre ranges use compound formulation and groove design to deliver
responsive braking.

If your SUV is more utility than sports, then the CLV2 could be for you., With a more
traditional block layout and grip-optimised grooves, allowing it to offer the same grip profile
with a more classic SUV look.

“SUVs are a real success story,” said Chris Saunders, Landsail UK Brand Manager. “Often
when people make that choice however they give no thought to replacement tyres - whether
that is the cost of them or the demands placed on them by their new car.

“As a result it can often be a shock when they go to a dealer to change their tyres and they
get a huge bill for like-for-like replacements.

“At Landsail, we work relentlessly to ensure that the tyres we recommend for SUVs are able
to deliver the safety, handling and performance drivers expect at a fair price.”

For more information on the Landsail range, to buy online or become a dealer, visit

www.landsailtyres.co.uk.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Car Clinic teams up with Landsail Tyres to deliver premium service centre upgrade

Global tyre brand Landsail and Car Clinic in Ledsham have teamed up to give the respected Cheshire-based MOT service centre a major upgrade.

A family business, Car Clinic has been a leading Landsail Tyres customer for many years, offering outstanding service. 

So when brothers Matt and Mike Cooper wanted to improve their facilities, the brand agreed to help.

The significant joint investment in branding and equipment means Car Clinic’s service area and office now match its reputation for offering the best vehicle repair advice and services in the area. 

“We’ve always taken a lot of pride in ensuring that from the moment they first see our site, Car Clinic customers have confidence in the quality of products and services we offer,” said Matt. 

“When we wanted to upgrade our facilities to improve both how we work and the customer experience, we were thrilled when Landsail agreed to join us on the project. With their support we’ve been able to massively improve both the look and feel of the site and the services we offer.”

Striking new illuminated signage has increased visibility along the busy Welsh Road and wrapped metal panelling has given the service area a more professional look while providing at-a-glance information for customers about the Landsail tyre range. 

Work has also been done to modernise and brighten up the service bays and the centrepiece - a bespoke oversized steel fabricated version of Landsail’s popular LS388 tyre - welcome customers to the main reception.

“The service bays are lighter and more open and we’ve added coherent, clear branding throughout the bays so that customers can clearly see the range of high quality Landsail tyres we offer,” said Matt.

“We want customers to know as soon as they pull in that they are going to get a premium, service for their vehicle using high quality products that we trust and recommend.”

Discover Car Clinic at www.carclinicmotcentre.co.uk.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Don’t let tyres hold up your delivery - choose Landsail’s 4Seasons Van

From next day delivery to emergency plumbing - when a customer demands a service, they expect nothing to get in the way.

 

So whether you’re delivering groceries or tech devices, from roof repairs to mobile tyre fitting, whatever the weather with Landsail Tyres’ 4Seasons Van, the weather is no match for you.

 

With 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake certification for wet and wintry weather, 4Seasons Van is as at home in a long hot summer as it is among the icy and rain-soaked extremes of a modern British winter.

 

Precision-engineered sipes increase the amount of water and debris driven away from the contact area, working with the larger main grooves to preserve grip and control even in the worst weather. It’s advanced silica compound is not only formulated to be hard wearing but also to enhance fuel efficiency.

 

These innovative design features mean the 4Seasons Van manages to remain tough and strong while delivering a cost effective, comfortable drive.

 

“Our research and design team has engineered the 4Seasons Van to optimise everything that is important to a van driver.” said Chris Saunders, Landsail UK Brand Manager.

 

“From all-weather braking and cornering performance to the lifespan, particularly when being driven for the majority of its time under additional weight, the 4Seasons Van is everything a light commercial van driver needs in a year-round tyre.”

 

For more information on the Landsail range visit www.landsailtyres.co.uk.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Make sure you’re ready for life after lockdown with Landsail Tyres

Over the last 12 months the majority of cars, SUVs and vans in the UK and Ireland have sat unmoved for longer than any other time in history thanks to pandemic lockdowns.

Despite that lack of use, they continue to change and age and you need to carry out a few checks if your vehicle has been sitting idle for long periods to ensure you can drive safely.

The most important thing to look at is your tyres. Sitting for lengthy periods of time in one spot can create weak points, tyre pressure can drop, changing how the vehicle handles and brakes and the changeable weather conditions of the last 12 months may have helped to age tyres.

Lockdown may be tough on tyres, but Landsail has the solution. Our range - the LS188, LS288, LS388, LS588, CLV2 and 4Seasons plus our commercial LSV88 and 4Seasons Van tyre - covers the majority of wheel sizes on UK roads.

In addition, throughout the 2021 lockdown our retailers have remained open and we have continued to supply them as normal to ensure that whenever you need to get back on the road, Landsail is there to keep you safe.

“Tyres often only get checked when a car goes in for its MOT or a service,” said Chris Saunders, Landsail UK Brand Manager.

“But following lockdown it’s really important to make sure your tyres are at the right pressure and in good condition. They are your only point of contact with the road and they are your vehicle’s primary safety feature.

“Our dedicated national network of Landsail retailers have remained open during lockdown to ensure that - primarily - keyworkers can continue to travel safely but they are also ready when everyone begins to come out of lockdown to make sure that every vehicle remains safe on the road, protecting both drivers and pedestrians.”

The Landsail tyre range is designed for drivers. Featuring advanced silica compounds for optimum grip, braking and efficiency plus precision-engineered tread patterns to enhance performance and wet handling, every tyre in the Landsail catalogue is engineered to deliver the right performance for your vehicle.

Find your nearest Landsail dealer at www.landsailtyres.co.uk/retailers.

To enquire about becoming a Landsail dealer email info@landsailtyres.co.uk or call 08444 93 9000.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Mixed fortunes for Landsail rallycross driver Tony Lynch at Lydden Hill

Wigan racer Tony Lynch endured a weekend of mixed fortunes at Lydden Hill as the Retro Rallycross campaign was revived with the second and third rounds of the season.

Tony and his Team Geriatric outfit made the long trip down to the Kent circuit looking to add to the podium finish he had secured in round one of the season back in August, which came before the action had to be halted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Slotting into second behind Stephen Cozens at the start of the round two final, Tony pushed hard to find a way ahead, his Toyota MR2 swarming all over the rear of the Citroen AX before he crossed the line in second spot.

But his hopes of further silverware in round three ended in disappointment when a driveshaft failure left him stranded on the grid when the lights went out.

Despite that, Tony sits in second behind Cozens, the pair split by just seven points.

The season will resume after Christmas, with the final two rounds currently scheduled to take place in January.

"On the whole we had a decent weekend, it’s just unfortunate that it ended in the way it did," Tony admitted. "We showed strong pace throughout Saturday and had some good battles on track with Stephen, and to come away with second place in round two was a good start.

"With Stephen also having some issues in the final on Sunday, it’s still all to play for in the title race so we’ll go away and enjoy the Christmas break, and look to come out fighting in January to see what we can do in terms of the championship."

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Landsail exceeds expectations in expanding UHP market

Ultra High Performance tyres are expected to suit a broader range of applications than ever - and Landsail’s LS588 has been designed to satisfy them all.

 

Think UHP and you think sporty, fast, agile. But today’s UHP also needs to offer longevity and strength. From hot hatches to family SUVs, the LS588 is engineered to give you everything you expect - and a lot more.

 

Manufactured in one of the most advanced tyre plants in the world, the LS588 is a response to vehicle manufacturers increasingly fitting UHP tyres as standard across their production range. 

 

Its central 3D block anchors the tyre providing agile handling, even for larger vehicles, while the LS588’s advanced silica compound has been coupled with heat-resisting bars built into the shoulders to extend the life of the tyre by reducing wear.

 

A wide contact patch is designed to provide enhanced control and innovative design techniques have been used to create a tread pattern of grooves and channels that drives moisture away from that contact area, optimising grip and braking in wet conditions and minimising the risk of aquaplaning.

 

“The LS588 has been designed for the way UHP tyres need to perform today,” said Chris Saunders, Landsail UK Brand Manager. “Whether you need high performance handling or a reliable, family SUV tyre - the LS588 will deliver.

 

“Millions of drivers have switched to Landsail tyres. Across the UK 1 in every 25 tyres sold is a Landsail. They choose us because our range is designed for them. We employ new technology and innovative design and engineering methods to produce tyres that improve the driving experience.”

 

For more information on the Landsail range or to enquire about joining the Landsail dealer network call 08444 93 9000 or visit www.landsailtyres.co.uk.

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Tony Lynch wraps up BTRDA Supermodified title

Landsail-sponsored Wigan racer Tony Lynch added to his podium tally to wrap up the Autosport International BTRDA Rallycross Championship title in the season finale at Knockhill.

Tony made the trip to Scotland leading the class standings at the wheel of his Ford KA – being run by Paul Waldron Motorsport alongside members of his own Team Geriatric outfit – after podium finishes at both Lydden Hill and Blyton, and with confidence high about lifting the title.

Although he was first on the road in his opening heat, Tony would end up second once the times from the two races were combined behind the Vauxhall Astra of Sam Bovill. He then turned the tables in heat two, where he won on the road and across the heat, securing a front row start for the final. 

There was drama before the lights went out however, as the power steering on the KA failed as Tony headed for the grid. Despite that, he got away well to challenge Bovill into the opening corner before slight contact between the pair saw his KA get sent sideways.

Struggling to control the car as he recovered. Tony knew he needed to get back ahead of Crooks in order to lift the Supermodified crown. A fantastic drive saw him finish second in his class to wrap up the Supermodified title. 

"Off the line, the sensible thing to do would have been to let him go but the racer in me took over and I tried to get the lead into turn one," said Tony. 

"As soon as I hit the bumps, it was really difficult to control the car and I dropped places, but I managed to get into a groove and fought ahead of Todd to get the points we needed to take the title.

"With one title secured, our focus now turns to the Retro scene and hopefully we can add some more success before the season is over."

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Let nothing stop you - choose Landsail’s 4Season’s van tyre

Whatever the weather, if stores need stock or customers need packages, van drivers have to deliver.

That’s why Landsail has developed an all-season tyre specifically for light commercial vans.

4Seasons Van uses the latest design innovation to deliver performance that is agile and responsive while also comfortable under significant load.

Crucially however it has 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake certification. In other words it is proven to maintain its performance characteristics in cold and wet weather, so when deliveries reach their winter peak, 4Seasons Van just keeps on working.

“Vans play a more important role in the economy than ever,” said Chris Saunders, Landsail UK Brand Manager.

“With more drivers working in the sector it has become more important to ensure they have the right tyres for the job. Cost is an important factor, as is safety, particularly with there being a very obvious peak around late autumn and winter for deliveries.

“Creating a tyre which is designed to perform at an optimal level in all conditions made perfect sense to us and the 4Seasons Van is a tyre van drivers put their trust in.”

4Seasons has been extensively tested in snow, ice, rain and dry dusty conditions to underline it’s all-weather credentials.

Connected outer blocks and a double central rib maximises contact area and bite while it’s advanced silica compound offers a long lifespan married to excellent rolling resistance and fuel efficiency.

Additional grooves and sipes allow the tyre to keep itself free from loose road surface debris and prevent aquaplaning, key to this tyre’s ability to perform in any weather.

“The 4Seasons Van tyre is designed for the super-competitive modern world of delivery driving and same-day service,” said Chris. “Get ahead of the game and ask your Landsail dealer about it today.”

For more information on the Landsail range visit www.landsailtyres.co.uk.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Landsail Tyres named Official Tyre Partner of Leicester City

Landsail Tyres have been unveiled as the Official Tyre Partner of Leicester City.

The Premier League side has signed a multi-year deal with Landsail Tyres starting this season. Landsail Tyres are one of the UK’s most trusted tyre brands. Their extensive range of car, van and SUV tyres combine class-leading efficiency, durability and performance without the premium price - making quality and safety affordable for all.

The partnership with Leicester City will see Landsail - a mainstay of the UK tyre market for more than a decade with a global reach spanning more than 100 countries - benefit from enhanced exposure across Leicester City’s digital channels as well as on matchdays at the King Power Stadium.

This exciting new partnership is part of Landsail Tyres’ strategic development plan and will form a core pillar of its marketing strategy.

Sean Maddocks, UK & Ireland Sales Director for Landsail Tyres, said: “Partnering with Leicester City is a fantastic moment for us as a brand. We’re not only working with one of the biggest clubs in the country, but also the biggest football league in the world.

“Landsail Tyres are trusted by millions of drivers, both here in the UK and across the world and it’s a privilege for us to be associated with the Club.”
“This deal gives us the opportunity to introduce Landsail to Foxes supporters wherever they are and add real brand value for our network of Landsail retailers.”

Harj Hir, Head of Partnerships at Leicester City, said: “We’re excited to start our partnership with Landsail Tyres and are really looking forward to working with them to help maximise their brand visibility across the UK and global markets.”

For more information on the Landsail range or to enquire about joining the Landsail dealer network call 08444 93 9000 or visit www.landsailtyres.co.uk.

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Landsail Tyres J-Cup comes of age with world-class field

The 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup celebrated the 21st birthday of the annual regatta with a quality field, despite Covid-19 restrictions.

 

Whilst the regatta was somewhat different this year, the spirit of the J Boats family was as strong as ever. Hosted for the first time by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the regatta was a huge success. 50 J Boats with over 200 crew enjoying great racing, plus safe and secure social functions at the RORC Clubhouse in Cowes.

 

The regatta featured two National Championships. Tony & Sally Mack’s McFly retained the J/111 National Championship and was also awarded the J-Cup. Simon Perry’s Jiraffe won the 2020 J/109 UK National Championship. In the J/70 Class, Paul Ward’s Eat Sleep J Repeat was the winner for the second year in a row. IRC One was won by Christopher Daniels’ J/122 Juno. In IRC Two, Nick Munday’s J/97 Induljence was the victor.

 

At the final prize giving ceremony, Tony & Sally Mack and team McFly got the biggest cheer of the party. This was McFly’s fourth championship win but their first J-Cup triumph. The final day’s racing was far from easy. Chris Jones and Louise Makin’s Journeymaker II, won the last two races and finishing in third place, Paul Griffith’s Jagerbomb beat McFly in the penultimate race.

 

Simon Perry’s Jiraffe (pictured) won the J/109 UK National Championship for the first time. Racing on board Jiraffe were four members of the Perry family, and the rest of the crew are godfathers to the children and family friends. The 2019 national champion, John Smart’s Jukebox, was runner-up.

Paul Ward’s J/70 Eat, Sleep, J Repeat is the reigning J/70 World Champion and the top crew of Scott, Cumbley and Trindade have come a long, long way together. However, they had to be at the top of their game to win the class. New to the J/70 is Nick Phillips’ Team Chaotic, and the young team from Parkstone YC put in a stellar performance in a RTYC charter boat to take runner-up in the 21-boat fleet.

Christopher Daniel’s J/122 Juno won the ten-strong big boat class in IRC One. Going into the final day of racing, Juno was just half a point ahead of Chaz Ivill’s J/112 Davanti Tyres. Juno finished the regatta in style winning the last two races to clinch the class.

For more information visit www.j-cup.co.uk

Friday, September 4, 2020

Thrilling opening for Landsail Tyres J-Cup

A sizeable fleet of 50 J Boats entered the Landsail Tyres J-Cup they kicked off day one of the regatta in thrilling style!

 

The RORC Race Team, led by Stuart Childerley, completed one race for all classes before the tide changed, stirring up an already agitated Solent.

 

In IRC One, three former J-Cup winners filled the podium for the first race of the regatta. Gavin Howe’s J/88 Tigris won by just 22 seconds on corrected time from David & Kirsty Apthorp’s J/88 J-Dream. Chaz Ivill’s J/112E Davanti Tyres was third.

 

“I am delighted with the team’s performance today,” commented Gavin Howe. “The race was very competitive. In the conditions we decided not to hoist are spinnaker on the downwind leg and J-Dream decided to go for it and passed us. However, Tigris fought back to win, which was delightful.”

 

In IRC Two, David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’ronimo revelled in the conditions to take line honours and the race win after time correction by nearly three minutes. Nick Munday’s J/97 Induljence was second and Becky Walford’s J/92 Brenda’s J was third.

 

Volvo Ocean Race sailor Libby Greenhalgh is navigator and tactician for her father driving J’ronimo. “We went for an early reef on J’ronimo and sailed the course that suited our boat rather than following the fleet,” she commented. “Our overall strategy was to minimize tacks and race in flat water, rather than use the tide.

 

In the J/111 Class, Tony & Sally Mack’s McFly opened their defence of the J/111 UK National Championship with a solid performance taking the race win. Chris Jones’ Journeymaker II was second and Tim Tolcher’s Raging Bull 2 was third.

 

In the J/109 Class, also their UK National Championship, Simon Perry’s Jiraffe was today’s race winner. Mike & Susie Yates’ Jago was second and David Richards’ Jumping Jellyfish was third.

 

Paul Ward’s Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat won a high-speed encounter in the J/70 Class. Nick Phillips racing RTYC Charter boat Chaotic, only racing in a J/70 for the second time, was runner up. Tim Collins racing EV Experts was third.

 

Visit www.j-cup.co.uk for all the latest news.

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Team Geriatric make podium comeback with Landsail Tyres

Wigan racer Tony Lynch celebrated a podium finish as the Landsail Tyres-backed driver's 2020 Retro Rallycross Championship campaign burst into life at Lydden Hill.

Westhoughton-based Tony made the long trip to Kent for his first outing at the wheel of his Toyota MR2 since the 2019 season finale back in October.

His Team Geriatric outfit used the unusually long off-season created by COVID-19 to work on further modifications to the former rally car.

The season opener at the spiritual home of rallycross saw the Toyota running with a revised fibreglass bodywork package for the first time in order to reduce weight.

Prior to the start, the team worked to resolve a brake issue that had developed in the final heat and - as had been the case in each of the three qualifiers - Tony made the most of the starting prowess of the Toyota to get away well off the line.

Contact with Stephen Cozens as his rival tried to find a way through would cause some minor damage to the Toyota but Tony was able to continue without issue to once again finish third on the road and secure a well-earned podium finish.

"Having been out of a car for so long, it was great to get back on track at Lydden Hill and start racing again," said Tony. "I'm happy that we've come away from the weekend with a podium finish and whilst a win would obviously have been nice, third is still a good way to start the new season.

"Hopefully in the rounds to come, I'll be able to really push for wins."

Discover why Landsail Tyres are #TrustedbyMillions - including Tony - at www.Landsailtyres.co.uk

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Landsail Tyres J-Cup regatta returns with UK National Championship credentials

The Landsail Tyres J-Cup will see the return of the UK National Championships for J/109 and J/111 Classes when it returns for its 21st anniversary.

 

Delayed due to COVID-19, the annual regatta will take place, with appropriate measures, from September 3-5 with an enviable haul of prizes for the competitors.

 

"We are thrilled that, in this milestone year, the Landsail Tyres J-Cup will be able to go ahead despite the challenges 2020 has brought," said Peter Cross, Landsail’s UK Commercial Manager. "This will be the sixth year we have supported the event, making it the longest sponsorship association Landsail has. Over those six years Landsail has grown into a brand that is trusted by millions in the UK and the J-Cup has grown too, driven on by race hosts Key Yachting.”  

 

Three one design classes will be competing including the J/109 and J/111 Classes, which will have the added thrill of competing for their respective national championships. The largest class racing will be the J/70 with 14 teams already entered. The J/70 fleet will be flying yacht club burgees of the RORC, Royal Southern, Royal Thames and Royal Yacht Squadron. IRC Classes have been organised for mixed fleets of J Boats racing at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup.

 

Key Yachting and the Royal Ocean Racing Club have been hard at work to maintain safety of all involved, both ashore and afloat. The sailing instructions include details of COVID-19 procedures. There is also a no spinnaker/gennaker wind limit designed to work with reduced crew numbers. All competitors will be welcome at the RORC Cowes clubhouse during the event. Two separate daily prize givings have been organised to assist with social distancing. Crew suppers are available every evening by booking with the RORC Clubhouse.

 

The most coveted award at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup is the J-Cup itself, which will be awarded at the prize-giving dinner on Saturday 5th September. For all the details of the 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup visit: www.j-cup.co.uk

Monday, August 24, 2020

Landsail Tyres J-Cup prepares for 21st anniversary competition

The 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup will go ahead next month as it celebrates its 21st birthday.

 

The regatta has attracted nearly 40 teams so far for the exclusive J Boats challenge. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, by invitation of Key Yachting, eight races are scheduled in The Solent over three days form September 3-5

 

The organisers have worked hard to ensure that this year's event can go ahead despite Covid-19, with measures in place to maintain safety of all, both ashore and afloat. All competitors will be welcome at the RORC Cowes clubhouse during the event with daily social events, which will be restricted in number.

 

The 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup will feature one-design racing for at least three classes and IRC Racing Classes for mixed fleets. There will be both windward leeward courses and round the cans racing.

Seven different J Boat designs are set to race with results decided by IRC time correction. This allows fair racing for J Boats not racing in one design classes. Nine teams are currently entered under IRC, including the 2018 J-Cup winner J/112E Davanti Tyres, skippered by Chaz Ivill.

Eleven J/70 teams from all over the UK have entered, including Paul Ward’s reigning J/70 Open World Champion; Eat, Sleep, J Repeat. Last year’s Cowes Week winner, Jolt steered by Tilly Harrison and Charles Thompson’s Primo Cup winner Brutus, will also be in action.

Eight J/109s have entered including proven winners and all of last year’s podium. John Smart’s Jukebox is defending J/109 National Champion and will face stiff competition from last year’s runner up, Simon Perry’s Jiraffe. Third last year was the 2017 J/109 National Champion, David Richards’ Jumping Jellyfish.

The J/111 Class will be out in force with nine teams entered including last year’s winner and J/111 National Champion Tony Mack’s McFly. The 2018 J/111 National Champion will also be racing, Chris Jones and Louise Makin's Journeymaker II.

The most coveted award of the regatta will still be the Landsail Tyres J-Cup, awarded at the prize giving dinner on Saturday, September 5. For on-line entry and the Notice of Race visit www.j-cup.co.uk

 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Landsail support helps Speed of Sight make the impossible possible post-Covid

Covid-19 has had a dramatic impact on all our lives - and for those with physical or learning disabilities the effect has been more profound.

For those who were hoping to live out their track driving dreams with disability driving charity Speed of Sight, the suspension of activity was a major blow.

But thanks to the support of sponsors Speed of Sight has weathered the storm. Now preparing to return, provisionally on August 16, to offer people with conditions that make road driving illegal the chance to take control of a track car.

All Speed of Sight cars run on Landsail tyres but the brand also provides vital cash support which has helped the charity survive lockdown.

And they are planning to offer more than 300 additional people the chance to experience a trackday compared to 2019 despite the Coronavirus.

“It has been an incredible time,” said John Galloway who, along with blind world speed record-holder Mike Newman, established Speed of Sight.

“When the Coronavirus struck we had to suspend all our operations. Those using our experiences are some of the most vulnerable to this virus and all the tracks we use also closed down under lockdown restrictions.

“But thanks to our supportive sponsors, like Landsail, we have been able to remain ready for when we can restart. Barring any further restrictions we plan to return to the track on August 16.”

Leigh Melling, Landsail Brand Manager, said that seeing Speed of Sight emerge from lockdown strongly was a testament to the charity.

“As restrictions were imposed we realised that our partners at Speed of Sight needed our full support,” he said. “Charities across the board have been affected by Covid and we have seen first-hand the incredible effect Speed of Sight track days have on those who sign up.

“People who are usually prohibited from driving experience a true thrill by taking the wheel of a track car. Not only that, they leave with a renewed sense of confidence and empowerment.

“What Speed of Sight does requires the trust of their users. Similarly they put their trust in Landsail as a sponsor. We could not stand by and see them struggle during their peak season so we have maintained our commitment throughout lockdown in order to help them to get back on track as soon as possible.”

The driving experience will be different - Speed of Sight uses dual-control cars and will be implementing hygiene and distancing measures to protect participants - but John believes that giving people this opportunity after so long in isolation will be beneficial to those who take part.

“We are going to change some of our practises and we will communicate that out to people before their experience,” he said.

“But this gives our service users something to look forward to. We have kept records of all who registered for experiences before Covid-19 and we are in discussions to extend our season into the autumn and maybe further in order to rearrange all of our dates.

“Despite Covid we are working to try and ensure every person who was booked into a session before lockdown gets their experience. That would be our biggest year to date and we couldn’t have done it without all our fantastic supporters.”

Discover more about Speed of Sight at www.speedofsight.org/. Explore the Landsail range at www.landsailtyres.co.uk.

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