TOKYO—Hankook Tire & Technology Co. Ltd. has lost a deal to supply racing tires for Japan's Super Taikyu racing series due to a recent fire at one of its main manufacturing plants in Daejeon, South Korea.
Bridgestone will partially supply tires from the second round of the 2023 season, the Fuji 24 Hours, the Super Taikyu Organization (STO) said in an April 24 statement.
"Immediately after (the fire), we were informed that it would take at least a year and a half to supply tires," STO said.
While the series usually has stock for several races in Japan, STO said it had recently changed many tire specifications for both dry and wet racing.
When the fire broke out, STO said it was accumulating inventory, adding that the timing also coincided with Super Taikyu selecting its official tire supplier for 2024.
"After being informed by Hankook that it would be impossible to supply tires, Bridgestone was selected as the official tire supplier from 2024," it stated.