FIA-GT: Pirelli returns to Adria aiming for another top result


After the success of the Porsche 997 GT3-RSR in the GT2 class at the Spa 24 Hours and the test sessions carried out last month, Pirelli arrives at the seventh round of the FIA-GT Championship in a strong position to challenge for honours once more?

Adria, 5 September 2006 - For the second time, the tight and twisty Adria circuit near Venice hosts a round of the FIA GT Championship. The track is extremely short and tortuous, consisting of a series of slow corners linked by just one straight. Pirelli will be attempting to repeat last year's victory at the Venetian track, claimed by Andrea Bertolini's Maserati running on PZero Racing tyres.

After a magnificent win from the BMS-Scuderia Italia Porsche 997 GT3-RSR in the Spa 24 Hours, the Pirelli-equipped teams are well-prepared for the Adria race and the following round at Brno in the Czech Republic two weeks later. The principal teams supplied by Pirelli have undertaken a number of important test sessions on various circuits, including Valencia, in order to refine the chassis-suspension-tyre package, and try out some new solutions especially created for individual teams running on PZero rubber.

Fabio Babini, Pirelli Competizioni's test driver, had an excellent race at Spa-Francorchamps in July with his PZero-equipped Aston Martin-BMS DBR9before being forced to retire. He knows the twisty Adria track well and commented: "It's a short and twisty track that punishes brakes and tyres to the utmost. You need a car that is very well balanced to succeed there, with good levels of acceleration and traction. However, because this circuit is one of the shortest and narrowest that we visit on the FIA GT Championship, with very few overtaking opportunities, it's vital to be well up the grid. Qualifying will be crucial, given that the race is a two-hour sprint and that qualifying lasts just 20 minutes. This also means that the free practice sessions will be of utmost importance in order to establish a good balance with the car in preparation for the short qualifying session."

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