Pirelli to take on a unique challenge at the Rally Roma Capitale
For the first time, an Italian Rally Championship round will take place in the heart of the country’s capital: Rome. And for Pirelli, it’s a big step into the unknown as the Italian tyre firm comes to the Rally Roma Capitale: a brainchild of Max Rendina, the reigning WRC Production champion with Pirelli, who is in firm contention to win the Group N title again this year.
|Max Rendina, reigning Production Champion with Pirelli|
Pirelli has already claimed all three drivers’ titles on the Italian series – overall, Junior and Production – heading into the penultimate round this weekend. Pirelli is also leading the manufacturers’ title race with Peugeot Italia. Pirelli’s lead entry in Rome is the Peugeot 208 T16 of Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussi, who have clinched their domestic title an astonishing nine times, including this year’s latest triumph. Peugeot driver Alessandro Perico leads the Independents’ Trophy for Pirelli and is looking to add a third podium to his collection this year, having won the Rally del Ciocco at the start of the season.
Pirelli will take the FIA-specification RK5A hard compound tyres to the Rally Roma Capitale, together with the RK7 medium compound. Both of these tyres are used on the World Rally Championship, with a single tread pattern for both dry and wet conditions. This is in accordance with the latest FIA regulations, designed to reduce cornering speeds. Pirelli’s products have also been created to offer greater durability and resistance to wear. The Rally Roma Capitale gets underway during the evening of Friday 18 September, with a superspecial stage next to the famous Colosseum. The rally finishes on Sunday afternoon after 11 special stages.
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