FIA European Autocross Championship
Cooper Tire Europe has been selected as the exclusive tire supplier to the FIA European Autocross Championship through 2022. Under the sponsorship, Cooper will supply all three of the FIA’s premier off-road championships. Cooper already supplies the FIA World Rallycross Championship – having been a sponsor of the series since its inception in 2014 – and the sister FIA European Rallycross Championship. FIA European Autocross is staged on race circuits featuring natural terrain with multiple unsealed surfaces, such as gravel or mud. Entries to the championship are divided into four categories: ‘SuperBuggy’, ‘Buggy1600’, ‘TouringAutocross’ and ‘JuniorBuggy’.
FIA European Autocross sees nine events in six countries on their 2020 calendar, travelling through the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia and Lithuania. At every round, all vehicles competing in the SuperBuggy and Buggy1600 categories will be supplied by Cooper, following the company’s successful response to the recent FIA tender, which included comprehensive tire testing in Italy.
Off-roading is a significant part of Cooper’s DNA and is expressed in a strong range of 4x4 tires for consumers. Cooper Tire Europe’s motorsports group – active in the UK since 1950 – offers high performance products for off-road competition. Cooper has proven itself in various forms of motorsport over the years, from single-seaters to rallying.
Paul Coates, General Manager, Motorsport, Cooper Tire Europe, said, “We are delighted to be selected as the exclusive tire supplier for the FIA European Autocross Championship. This complements our existing long-term involvements as supplier to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the FIA European Rallycross Championship, multiple national rallycross championships and our rapidly expanding rally tire ranges. It also aligns well with the strong Cooper SUV and 4x4 product offerings for non-competition use.”