Dunlop For KNSW

Karting NSW has confirmed it will switch from Maxxis to Dunlop for the tyre supply in the majority of its classes in 2025 and 2026. It has selected the Dunlop DHH as the slick tyre, but it won’t be available to purchase until December.

Statement from Karting NSW is below:

Karting NSW is excited to announce DUNLOP KARTSPORT as our tyre partner for 2025 and 2026.

Karting NSW (KNSW) has completed a rigorous tender and evaluation process to select the control tyre supplier for the 2025-2026 karting season. Following an initial call for expressions of interest in December 2023, KNSW received submissions from four leading tyre brands. These were shortlisted to three brands that underwent testing before the final supplier was chosen. The testing phase generated detailed reports for each tyre, focusing on performance, durability, driver feedback, and suitability across various racing conditions.

The Dunlop DHH has been selected as the tyre for use across all sprint classes (aside from RKA and KZ). It will be available for purchase from 1st December 2024 and approved for practice from 16th December 2024. Testing has shown this tyre to be approximately 0.5 seconds per lap (track dependent) faster than the Maxxis Sport, while still maintaining excellent wear qualities and driver feedback.


Les May commented, “ALM Sales and Dunlop are delighted to be selected to partner with KNSW as their Control Tyre supplier from January 1st, 2025. KNSW has restored our faith in karting associations, demonstrating integrity and transparency in the tender process and leading the sport in the right direction. It is an absolute pleasure to work with a professional team that embodies honesty, passion, and a true focus on the sport, competitors, the trade network, and suppliers as part of their key objectives.”

Drew Russell, KNSW’s General Manager, added, “The Dunlop tyre, manufactured in Japan by Sumitomo Rubber Industries, one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced manufacturers, brings the latest in innovation, design, and performance, along with Dunlop’s renowned quality and consistency. Supported by ALM Sales Pty Ltd and Dunlop Kartsport’s passion, experience, and reputation for stock holding, supply, and distribution, this partnership will benefit all competitors and the dealer network, assisting in the growth of the sport.”

KNSW expresses its gratitude to Chris Dell and his team from Maxxis/SG Karts for their invaluable partnership and exemplary service since 2019. Their dedication and professionalism, as well as the price and performance of the Maxxis Sport Tyre, have been instrumental in ensuring the success of our karting events over the past 5 years. We deeply appreciate their commitment to excellence and wish them continued success in all their future endeavours.