The fronts were already worn and rotated to the rear a few months ago, and now n/s rear had a slow puntuce!
On-line places were rather expensive ( apart from Hometyre, a new outfit who fit mobile ) so went to the local high performance tyre place, Jeffreys HPT in Latchford, WArrington.
Tyres considered: 245/40x18 to start with.
Michelin Pilot Sport 3
Vredstein Ultrac Sessatras
Continental super contact 3
Pirelli Pzero Rosso
What Bridgestone (070 ) in this size
Vredstein and Continental both out of stock and on back order .. meaning weeks to wait.
Not previously a fan of Michelin road tyres; Pzero said to be poor in wet grip, didn't have suitable Bridgestones.
Offered a Goodyear F1 Eagle Asymettric 2 at a reasonable price. This is a newly launched version of the F1 asyms of the other year.
So I went for the Goodyears.
After 100 miles they feel nice, light and precise steering, seem to grip fine in dry and damp but not pushed hard on them yet, and for those who recall the queries of loud whining/howling from the wheels ( which had several people get wheel bearings replaced under warranty ) these are as quiet as a mute in a deaf school!
Quite impressed so far.