More than 8500 Pirelli tyres supplied and 550000 kilometres covered during 2011 one-marque racing season

PIRELLI OFFICIAL TYRE SUPPLIER TO THE FERRARI CHALLENGE TROFEO PIRELLI, LAMBORGHINI BLANCPAIN SUPER TROFEO AND TROFEO MASERATI CHALLENGE GRANTURISMO MC Pirelli tyres covered approximately 550000 kilometres at 27 of the most challenging circuits of Europe, North America and Asia during another successful season for the Italian company as the official tyre supplier to the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo and Trofeo Maserati Challenge GranTurismo MC: three prestigious one-marque racing series, which Pirelli has supported since their inception. Pirelli supplied more than 8500 tyres during 26 race weekends and now is ready to hit the track for the last event of 2011: the Finali Mondiali Ferrari which takes place at Mugello in Italy this weekend. Pirelli has been active in several motorsport disciplines for more than a century earning a reputation as a respected partner by a number of prestigious car manufacturers. The Italian tyre manufacturer has enjoyed a close working relationship with Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati for a number of years, partnerships that include product development programmes both on track and on the road. Pirelli’s Motorsport Director Paul Hembery commented: “Whilst in 2011 we have gained international recognition for our return to Formula One, we are also proud to have partnered the world-renowned Italian car manufacturers – Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati – with their international one-make GT racing programmes. This partnership extends beyond motorsport and into the road-going versions of their cars, as witnessed by our strong presence on a wide variety of their respective Frankfurt show cars. We look forward to the extension of our collaboration during 2012, as Maserati and Lamborghini’s racing series expand into the Middle East and Asia, just like Ferrari.” Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli The Ferrari Challenge, which Pirelli has supported as the sole tyre supplier since 1993, has savoured a thrilling season, characterised by three significant developments: the creation of the Asia Pacific series, the new Ferrari 458 Challenge car competing alongside the established F430 Challenge model, plus the debut of the latest evolution Pirelli P Zero racing tyre specifically developed for the new Ferrari. The new tyre provided increased performance and advanced technical features in line with the requirements of the new car. During the course of the season Pirelli supplied 6000 tyres to the 458 and F430 Challenge cars involved in the Ferrari Challenge European, Italian, North American and Asia Pacific Series. Two sets of slick tyres and one set of wet weather tyres were made available to each car at each event. Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Pirelli has been the sole supplier to the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo since it began in 2009 and equipped an average of 14 drivers per event with its P Zero racing tyres specifically designed for the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 car. The new slick tyre, which was used for the first time at the Silverstone round, received very positive feedback and demonstrated significant performance levels on both dry and wet surfaces thanks to an enhanced tread design. At all six rounds of the series, each competitor had at their disposal three sets of Pirelli P Zero slick tyres with wet tyres available as required. Additional sets were supplied for tests, result in a total of 1000 tyres being supplied during the course of 2011. Trofeo Maserati GranTurismo MC For this year Pirelli has also provided its tyres to the second edition of the Trofeo Maserati Gran Turismo MC on an exclusive basis. The P Zero racing tyres designed for the new Trofeo version of the GranTurismo MC supercar exceeded the requirements of this highly competitive single-make championship, through the provision of a reliable and extremely competitive package with a tread pattern, compound specification and structure perfectly aligned to the car’s dynamics. The 2011 season consisted of eight race weekends. Pirelli supplied three sets of slick tyres and wets when needed for an average of 18 competitors per event, a total of 1500 tyres during the season. *** For further information please contact Laura Bartoli on +44 7500 877 304 or laura@mediatica.co.uk