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PIRELLI RESUMES ITS ITALIAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CAMPAIGN ON RALLY IL CIOCCO.
PIRELLI RESUMES ITS ITALIAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
CAMPAIGN ON RALLY IL CIOCCO
Milan, March 22, 2018 – The Italian Rally Championship – one of the most challenging and unpredictable rally series in the world – gets underway this weekend with a revamped Rally Il Ciocco and a packed entry list, including 25 R5 cars.
Pirelli, which dominated the series last year, is looking for a repeat of the overall titles won by Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussi last year, with the Peugeot Italia 208 T16. But the Italian firm is also looking to replicate its class wins, as well as setting its sights on the new asphalt title for privateer drivers.
Pirelli additionally continues to support young drivers this year through the Peugeot Competition 208 Top – the one-make series rewarded with a factory drive in a Peugeot 208 R2B – and back up-and-coming stars Marco Pollara and Damiano De Tommaso, in conjunction with the Italian motorsport federation.
Validity. The rally is valid for the Italian Rally Championship and the new Italian asphalt championship (CIRA).
The route and the tyres. This year, each Italian Rally Championship round consists of one 150-kilometre leg over 14 special stages on Saturday, preceded by a short spectator superspecial on Friday night. The Pirelli drivers will use the P Zero RK7 on the Rally Il Ciocco (a medium compound for dry asphalt) as well as the RKW7 tyre (for wet conditions) and the Cinturato RW (for heavy rain).
The rules. Drivers are allowed a maximum of 16 tyres for the event.
The Pirelli drivers. A number of top drivers are using Pirelli tyres, including 10-time Italian champion Paolo Andreucci and his new team mate Marco Pollara, who steps up to the Peugeot Italia 208 T16 after winning the two-wheel drive championship last year. Other international stars include 20-year-old Russian Nikolay Gryazin, the winner of the 2017 Rally Liepaja in a Pirelli-equipped Skoda Fabia R5. The Russian will continue his European Rally Championship campaign from the next round in the Canaries.
Quotes. Paolo Andreucci: “It’s always a pleasure but not necessarily an advantage to be driving at home, as the conditions on the Ciocco are always extremely unpredictable and the quality of the field this year is particularly high. From my side we have a fantastic team and some very competitive Pirelli tyres, which are sure to be a determining factor on an event where the weather and surface conditions are very variable. I can also say that winning a 10th title hasn’t taken away my hunger to win – the very opposite, in fact!”
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