Pirelli to supply 700 tyres for the opening round of the GT4 European Series Southern Cup at Nogaro
|GT4 European Series Southern Cup begins at Nogaro|
Pirelli will be providing its P Zero DH tyre this weekend at the opening round of the GT4 European Series Southern Cup at Nogaro. This follows a successful weekend at Misano at the opening round of the GT4 Northern Cup, and the Blancpain GT Series for which Pirelli is sole tyre supplier. What's the circuit like? Located close to Nogaro in southwestern France, Circuit Paul Armagnac, is just over 3 kilometers in length and is relatively flat. There are a number of slow sweeping corners and two long straights including the 950 metre start-finish straight, which is named after Nogaro-born motorcycle constructor Claude Fior. Which tyres is Pirelli bringing? Teams will have the P Zero DH, a product they know well, as well as the WH for wet conditions. In total Pirelli will be bringing 700 of the P Zero DH, to cater for a provisional grid of 30 cars. Like most GT championships, this one features some of the most prestigious marques in the world, and this weekend five of them will be represented including Aston Martin, McLaren and Porsche. What are the most likely race strategies? Each team will have two sets of tyres, for qualifying and the two races. Like Blancpain GT races, there is a mandatory pitstop where drivers have to change, and it is optional to change the tyres. Pirelli expects most teams to continue to use the same tyres for the entire race. Quotes: Matteo Braga, circuit activity manager: “It’s a pleasure to come back to the main GT Series in France, Nogaro has always been a good event and it follows the opening round of the SRO Blancpain GT Series. The circuit will be demanding for the tyres, especially because of the first corners where the left side is loaded for a long time ending on a tight corner. The weather has always been an important variable and temperature variation from day to night means the track changes during the day for the different sessions. We have also launched the Pirelli Junior Cup in both GT4 European Series, an initiative aimed at supporting Bronze or Silver drivers (per FIA categorisation) aged between 16 and 26. ” Qualifying takes place on Sunday 16 April at 11.00, followed by race one at 16.25. Race 2 is on Monday 17 April at 14.00.
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