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Tyre choice is critical for champion ploughman

Winner of eleven Welsh Ploughing Championships, plus three Gold, three Silver and one Bronze World Ploughing Championships medals, Evan Watkin chose Mitas tyres after evaluating them on his farm.

Welsh farmer Evan Watkin, who won the All Wales Ploughing Championship for the eleventh times in September 2017, has changed to the latest high-performance Mitas radial tyres.

Mitas AC 85 13.6 - R38 (340/85 R 38) tyres are now fitted to the Case IH 885 tractor which Evan uses for both ploughing competitions and everyday work on his 130-acre beef and arable farm at New Mills, Newtown in Montgomeryshire.

Great Mitas tyres performance

Delighted with their performance, he has already used them to achieve competition success in the UK and has now also used them at the World Ploughing Championship in Stuttgart, Germany on 1st and 2nd September 2018. You can see some more photos from this event on our Mitas Agri Facebook page

Evan Watkin - Ploughing Championship winner

Evan Watkin received from Cathy Thomas the rose bowl which he won for the All Wales Championship 2017 in Glamorgan on Mitas AC 85 tyres.

Having been runner-up and third on two occasions, Evan is hoping to add this prestigious title to his extraordinary list of achievements in competition ploughing.

“Competition ploughing is very competitive and to succeed you have to have a very good eye for straightness and uniformity. You also have to get every aspect of your equipment and performance exactly right,” Evan states.

Good quality of tyres is fundamental

According to Malcolm Smith, Sales Manager for Mitas UK, the quality of tyres used on any tractor is fundamental to achieve the manufacturer’s intended performance, both on- and off-road. Agriculture is one of the most demanding environments for any tyre and fitting a good brand product is essential to optimise machine performance.

The Mitas AC 85 is one of the most popular tyres in the Mitas range and available in sizes from 280/85 R 20 (11.2 R 20) to 520/85 R 46 (20.8 R 46). Its modern design delivers outstanding performance, traction, durability and long tyre life, while the balanced design characteristics make it suitable for a wide range of applications, the large contact area minimises soil compaction.

For more information about Mitas tyres, visit our website /en-gb/ and follow us on Facebook to see more photos from the Ploughing Championships. 

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