BAUHAUS ROYAL RALLY, PIRELLI ONE-TWO WITH SOLBERG AND PADDON
The two drivers, fitted with Scorpion K gravel tyres,
won all the stages of the FIAERC European Championship race
Pirelli dominated the Bauhaus Royal Rally Scandinavia with Oliver Solberg in the Volkswagen Polo GTI winning a race full of champions, that lived up to expectations. The only, relative, worries for the young home driver came from New Zealander Hayden Paddon, who at the wheel of his Hyundai i20 N never gave up his attempt to regain the lead, lost in the third special stage. In the end, the two Pirelli-tyred drivers won all the special stages, leaving the pursuers with only crumbs. In particular, thanks to his second place and victory in the Powerstage, Paddon strengthened his lead in the FIAERC European Championship.
From the point of view of the challenges faced by drivers and tyres, the rally presented two faces over the two days of competition. On Friday, the special stages were very fast and took place on mixed wet-dry gravel; on Saturday, more summery temperatures made the terrain drier for much more technical and demanding stages than on the previous day.
Tyres for the winner's car and the other Pirelli drivers were the Scorpion gravel range in K8A (supersoft), K6A (soft) and K6B (medium) versions, with the first two alternating in different ground conditions.
"It really was a very enjoyable and exciting race," commented Terenzio Testoni, Pirelli Rally Activity Manager. "Congratulations to Oliver and Hayden, who were able to make the most of the characteristics of our Scorpions, which came out on top in all the special stages, with two very different cars like the Polo and i20. The K6As, the only ones used by Solberg and Paddon throughout the race, made the difference on both the wetter roads on Friday and the drier ones on Saturday, allowing the two drivers to extend their lead over their competitors".