Pirelli on the Le Mans podium with an Italian Porsche 997


The Autorlando's Sport Porsche 997 has finished the French endurance classic third in the GT2 class. The Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 430 GTC that started from pole position was forced into retirement after leading the class for much of the race. The Pirelli-equipped Aston Martin Racing-BMS DBR9 was sixth in the GT1 classification.

Milan, 17 June 2007 - The Autorlando's Pirelli PZero Racing-equipped Porsche 997 GT3-RSR driven by the Simonsen-Ehret-Nielsen crew has taken a well-deserved third place in GT2 and 21st overall at Le Mans. It was an excellent result for the Italian squad, which earned its place on the starting grid at Le Mans for claiming the drivers' and teams' title in the Le Mans series last year.

At the end of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours - which was made even more difficult this year by intermittent heavy rain - the 'Italian' Porsche was rewarded by a podium in the GT2 class, thanks to some clever tactics. The LNT Panoz Esperante GTLM - the class winner at Le Mans last year - also finished fifth in class, also equipped with Pirelli PZero tyres.

The Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 430 GTC-Pirelli, which claimed pole position thanks to Andrew Kirkaldy, was sadly forced into retirement at three-quarters distance - having led the class for most of the event.

In the GT1 category the Pirelli PZero Racing-equipped number 100 Aston Martin Racing-BMS DBR9 driven by the Babini-Davies-Malucelli crew was sixth in class and 11th overall. Two more Pirelli-equipped cars figured in the class: the Convers Menx Team Ferrari 550 Maranello, which was eighth, and the PSI Experience Corvette C6R-Pirelli that was 12th.

Pirelli Competizioni's activities do not come to a close at the end of this 75th Le Mans: next weekend the fourth round of the FIA GT championship takes place at Monza.

For more information and pictures on Pirelli's motorsport activities visit: www.pirellicompetizioni.com

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