Charles Milesi won the Goodyear Wingfoot Award in last weekend’s 6 Hours of Monza but, after five rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship season, Albert Costa still leads the points standings for the season-long prize.
Introduced this year and awarded after every WEC race, the Goodyear Wingfoot Award celebrates the art of maximising performance and promoting consistent pace across multiple stints. After each round, the award is given to the LMP2 driver who achieves the fastest stint average during a race, measuring their average lap time over two consecutive stints, and three at Le Mans.
Goodyear awards a set of tires to the winning driver’s team at each round of the championship. All LMP2 teams are entered into the Goodyear Wingfoot Award championship which uses the same points system as WEC to determine the winner of the course of the season. To support the development of future talent, the overall season winner will receive three sets of Goodyear LMP2 tires for use at the end-of-season rookie test.
Alpine Elf Team driver Charles Milesi won the award for the first time at Monza with an average lap time over two stints of 1:41.767, en route to his team’s runner-up finish in the race. The Frenchman also set the class’ fastest single lap time, a 1:40.683.
After five of seven rounds, Inter Europol Competition’s Albert Costa leads the standings. The Spanish driver was part of the race-winning team at Le Mans, where he also scored second-place points in the Goodyear Wingfoot Award standings.
However, at 70 points in total, Costa is only two points clear from Team WRT’s Robert Kubica, meaning the Goodyear Wingfoot Award is all to play for as WEC heads to Fuji and Bahrain for the final two races of the season.
The origins of the Wingfoot
The idea of speed inspired Goodyear’s selection of the Wingfoot symbol soon after the formation of the company 125 years ago. Goodyear’s Wingfoot symbol is derived from the famous god of mythology known to the ancient Romans as Mercury, and to the Greeks as Hermes. Mercury was known as a swift messenger for all the gods of mythology, making it a perfect fit to Goodyear’s ethos of performance.