29 Aug 2023 Motorsports

Giti Tire brings guests and a legend to Donington’s Convoy in The Park 2023

Giti Tire brings guests and a legend to Donington’s Convoy in The Park 2023

Giti Tire welcomed over 750 guests from across Europe onto their stand at this year’s Convoy in the Park at Donington Park, with Honda TT legend John McGuinness MBE the star attraction driving in his first ever truck races.

McGuinness got behind the wheel for all four races of The International Truck Prix (ITP) in a Giti branded Team Oliver truck, and more than admirably held his own in front of over 100,000 fans in what often proved to be wet and challenging conditions.

Returning in the ITP races was Martin Gibson, Giti Tire’s Manager - EU Testing Centre and Motorsport UK who drove the Giti MAN TGX truck and picked up where he left off following his successful 2021 season with three podium finishes from two second and one third place.

Across the same weekend the fourth round of the British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC) took place consisting of five races. These featured the Giti MAN TGX driven by Michael Oliver and the bonneted VOLVO VNL truck of Stuart Oliver, both of which were fully decked out in Giti Tire Motorsport colours.

Giti Tire remains the Official Partner and Exclusive Tyre Supplier to the BTRC, with all competition trucks fitted with Giti Race-Tuned v1 global competition truck tyres in size 315/70R22.5.

The tyre quality was proven on the shared Giti MAN TGX which ran on the same tyres all weekend which included the warm-up, three qualification and nine races in total. During the final race the truck was recording its fastest lap times of the weekend.

McGuinness said of his experience: “It’s certainly very different to racing a motorbike but I have had great support from Team Oliver and Giti Tire and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thanks to everyone who came out to watch the team compete.”

The racing was seen by huge crowds as Convoy in the Park continues to attract truck and racing lovers with a range of impressive truck, manufacturer and exhibitor displays throughout the venue plus stunt shows, live music and children’s entertainment.

Among the 750 invitees, which consisted of representatives and their families from fleet operators, customers, tyre dealers, fitters and suppliers, were guests from the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Eastern Europe and The Middle East.

Manish Rathor, Product Marketing & Technical Service Manager for Giti Tire M.E.A (FZCO), Dubai, said: “We would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to the entire team of Giti UK and Giti EU for inviting the Middle East team to experience the largest truck racing event in the UK.

“Middle Eastern customers and officials were all thrilled after seeing the excellent performance of Giti truck racing tyres on the circuit and wish to thank the entire team for the hospitality and organising such a great event.”

“What a fantastic weekend, the hospitality from Giti was second-to-none and the racing was so exciting for the family, they can’t wait for next year,” said Scott Butler, Depot Manager at Sol Tyres.

Jake Whitwell, Business Development Manager at Dexel, added: “What a great event and very well represented by Giti Tire. My Customers all left with a smile on their faces from a truly fantastic day, including the racing of course.”