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Tires, our honest opinion


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At the Nelson 24 we tried the Dunlop ziii which was the 7th type of tire on our E30.

After only a few stints in became clear that 8 dunlops would not be enough (5 lefts and 3 rights).

We ended up finishing the race without dipping into our continental rain tires but this was only make possible by some time off the track repairing the car and by flipping tires around front back left right all over the place.

Other than that the tires were great and by that I mean probably about as fast as an RS4. They were very flat spot resistant however with multiple lockups but no thumping all weekend.


Earlier this year we ran the Yokohama A052 at Watkins Glen. These have been the fastest tire we have run yet. They seem to be re71r performance but never overheat. Watkins Glen is very easy on tires for us so this may not be accurate but I feel these tires last 10-20% longer than an re71r. They are very expensive.


Our favorite driving tire has been the Yokohama aD08R, this tire lasts long, gives consistent performance, and is easy to drive. I estimate its life is 75% to equal to that of the RS4 but with better braking and excellent rain performance. This tire is also expensive.


The continental extreme contact is surprisingly good and not that far off the pace from 200tw tires. We have not had the chance to run them in rain conditions that would really give them an advantage. They did not last for is because they chunked at tht shoulder (after 8 hours at mosport)


The Toyo R1R has very unique driving characteriscs that a lot of us enjoyed. It is great under the brakes, not as strong at multitasking. It feels sloppy but puts down great laptimes. It has an odd reputation of being fast wearing but in our experience, if you are willing to run them bald they last as long as most other tires but furthermore endure abrassive tracks very well. These have been our best wearing tire at calabogie. 


I hope my humble opinion can help some others choose to or not to run a tire.







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