2019 Goodbyes: Dunlop

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With Goodyear taking over as an LMP2 tyre supplier in the FIA WEC this season and the ELMS next year, Dunlop’s involvement in ACO sportscar racing (for the foreseeable future at least) has come to an end.

Its run is over after supplying countless cars, winning an enormous amount of races in the European Le Mans Series, FIA World Endurance Championship and of course, at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Since 2004, Dunlop has won 21 Le Mans Series/European Le Mans Series class titles, a further seven in the FIA WEC and supplied winning teams at Le Mans nine times, with at least one class win between 2011 and 2018.

It has been an extraordinary ride, featuring so many memorable moments. Who could forget Aston Martin Racing’s Le Mans GTE Pro class win in 2017, or its dominance in the GT ranks of the early years of the Le Mans Series with Sebah Automotive and Virgo Motorsports.

There have been some spectacular looking cars too, with JMW Motorsport’s Ferraris in recent years sporting Dunlop art liveries at Le Mans multiple times.

The future looks bright with Goodyear, Dunlop’s parent company, which has been named the sole supplier for LMP2 in the FIA WEC from next season on. But for now, let’s take a look down memory lane at the title-winning and Le Mans winning cars that raced with Dunlop since 2004:

ELMS achievements

2004 Le Mans Endurance Series

Class wins: 4

GT class title: Sebah Porsche

2005 Le Mans Endurance Series

Class wins: 5

LMP2 title: Chamberlian Synergy Lola

GT2 title: Sebah Automotive Porsche

2006 Le Mans Series

Class wins: 3

2007 Le Mans Series

Class wins: 3

GT2 title: Virgo Motorsports Ferrari 430 GT2

2008 Le Mans Series

Class wins: 5

GT2 title: #96 Virgo Motorsport Ferrari 430

2009 Le Mans Series

Class wins: 6

LMP2 title: #40 Quifel ASM Ginetta Zytek

GT1 title: Luc Alphand Adventures Corvette C6.R

2010 Le Mans Series

Class wins: 2

2011 Le Mans Series

Class wins: 5

LMP2 title: Greaves Motorsport Zytek Zytek Z11SN

2012 European Le Mans Series

Class wins: 4

LMP2 title: Thiriet by TDS ORECA 03 R

GTE Pro title: JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 GTE

2013 European Le Mans Series

Class wins: 3

2014 European Le Mans Series

Class wins: 4

LMP2 title: Signatech Alpine Alpine A450

2015 European Le Mans Series

Class wins: 15

LMP2 title: Greaves Motorsport Zytek

GTE title: Formula Racing Ferrari 458 GTE

GTC title: TDS Racing BMW Z4 GT3

2016 European Le Mans Series

Class wins: 12

LMP2 title: G-Drive Racing Gibson 015S

GTE title: Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GTE

2017 European Le Mans Series

Class wins: 12

LMP2 title: G-Drive Racing by DragonSpeed ORECA 07 Gibson

GTE title: JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE

2018 European Le Mans Series

Class wins: 10

LMP2 title: G-Drive Racing ORECA 07 Gibson

GTE title: Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR

2019 European Le Mans Series

Class wins: 8

GTE title: Luzich Racing Ferrari 488 GTE

FIA WEC achievements

2012

Class wins: 8

LMP2 title: Starworks Motorsport HPD ARX-03b

2013

Class wins: 7

LMP2 title: Oak Racing Morgan LMP2

2014

Class wins: 7

2015

Class wins: 8

LMP2 title: G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2

2016

Class wins: 14

LMP1 Privateer title: Rebellion Racing R-13

GTE Pro title: Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE

2017

Class wins: 13

LMP2 title: Vaillante Rebellion ORECA 07 Gibson

GTE Am title: Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE

2018/19

Class wins: six

Le Mans 24 Hours class victories (during the Le Mans Series era)

2011

LMP2 win: Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN

2012

LMP2 win: Starworks Motorsport HPD ARX-03b

2013

LMP2 win: Oak Racing Morgan LMP2

2014

LMP2 win: Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN

2015

LMP2 win: KCMG ORECA 05

2016

LMP2 win: Signatech Alpine A460

2017

LMP2 win: Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07 Gibson

GTE Pro win: Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE

2018

LMP2 win: Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470