FIA GT: Pirelli heads to oschersleben with new products for its Teams

All the teams supplied by Pirelli Competizioni will benefit from some recently-developed evolutions in Germany , as a result of the tests that took place at Monza in June. PZero Racing tyres have won at Oschersleben for the last three years ? running on the Maserati MC12.

Oschersleben (D), 4 July 2007- Following on from the important results obtained after three days of testing at Monza , Pirelli Competizioni will have a new range of PZero Racing tyres for the fifth round of the FIA GT Championship at Oschersleben. These are entirely new tyres, made in record time for the German race, and supplied thanks to a new logisitical plan to ensure that they will be delivered just on time.

As Pirelli 's circuit manager, Pierluigi De Cancellis, points out: "The PZero Racing tyres that we will take to Germany are a direct result of the tests we carried out last week at Monza . It's also true that development is always ongoing at Pirelli, so we are still working hard on new evolutions that will be useful to improve our performance in the future, particularly for the Spa 24 Hours at the end of the month. We have particularly focussed on refining the performance of our soft tyres, which should work well at Oschersleben and benefit all our cars: the Porsche and Ferrari in GT2, and the Maserati and Aston Martin in GT1."

Fabio Babini, driving the AMR-BMS Aston Martin this year after winning Oschersleben in 2005 at the wheel of a Maserati MC12, says that the German circuit ? opened exactly 10 years ago but recently modified ? has some special characteristics. "One of the most interesting things about the circuit layout is certainly the first corner," explained the Italian, who is also Pirelli 's official test driver. "It's almost a 90-degree bend, so it significantly slows down a track that is already quite tight and twisty. The other things to look out for are the slippery asphalt ? which demands maximum concentration ? and of course the heat, as we are running in July."

Oschersleben has been very good to Pirelli over the last few years. The Italian rubber has won the last three FIA GT races held at the German circuit, with the Maserati MC12. In 2004 the race was won by Salo-Bertolini, the following year Babini-Biagi triumphed, while last year saw a victory for Bertolini-Bartels.