Pirelli backs rally coaching initiative

Pirelli is backing a new initiative by the motorsport federations of Finland (AKK Motorsport) and Italy (ACI Sport) to provide an innovative rally coaching programme for up-and-coming drivers from both countries. Finland is well known for its fast gravel roads and Italy is famous for demanding asphalt rallies: the joint programme will help young drivers to pool their expertise becoming proficient on all types of terrain. Training camps and coaching seminars will be held in both Italy and Finland to help drivers to become the all-round package that every team is now looking for in modern rallying. The first driver to be selected for the scheme is 18-year-old Finn Juuso Nordgren, the current Finnish Junior Rally Champion. He will come to Sardinia in December to attend a training camp organised by ACI Sport with Pirelli support. Pirelli will provide all the tyres as well as expertise that teaches the young drivers how to get the very most out of them and gain a crucial advantage. In future, Italian drivers will be flown to Finland to benefit from the unique training and insight offered by the AKK: the organisers of Finland’s round of the World Rally Championship. Once again, Pirelli will give the young drivers a complete understanding of the versatile tyre range both on asphalt and gravel.