Pirelli triumphs in the Memorial Bettega


The Lombardy driver wins an extremely tense final against Gardemeister's Citroen
Atkinson's Subaru-Pirelli third. Cavallini (also Subaru-Pirelli) wins the Italian WRC

Milan, 17 December 2006 - A year after his victory in the Mitsubishi Lancer, Gigi Galli has done it again. The Livigno's rally ace, Italy, dominated the Memorial Bettega, beating Toni Gardemeister. Driving a Peugeot 307 WRC in the assertive livery of Pirelli and prepared by Bozian, Galli won three of the five heats against a single success of the Finn. The Peugeot on P Zero tyres also broke the stage record, further confirmation of the superiority demonstrated by the Italian driver and the latest evolution of the P Zero K6 fielded at Bologna by Pirelli Competizioni. Factory Subaru driver Chris Atkinson deservedly took third place on the podium.
Also on Pirelli tyres was Toscana driver Tobia Cavallini, who won the Trofeo WRC Italia at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRC and - crowning a great weekend for the Milan tyre manufacturer - another two victories were scored on Pirelli by Anton Alen in the Subaru Impreza Cup and Tonino Tognana in the Historic Rally Show with a fabulous Lancia Rally 037.

"I am delighted with this second consecutive success at Bologna", said an emotional Galli. "After the optimum results achieved in the Peugeot 307 WRC on Pirelli in various rounds of the world championship this year, winning the Memorial Bettega is always very pleasing. The P Zero K6s gave me a tremendous amount of traction on both the loose and asphalt, which was most certainly not the surface for which they were developed, further proof of their quality. As far as I am personally concerned, I hope this victory will earn me a valid programme for 2007, like the one Pirelli Competizioni quickly put together this year for me".

Mario Isola, Rally Manager of Pirelli Competizioni, observed, "The notable qualities demonstrated by the tyres Pirelli fielded at Bologna were able to make the difference against the competition and not only in the WRC segment, but also on Group Ns, which are derived from normal production - as well as the potent and always spectacular Group B cars. Pirelli's commitment does not stop with the end of the competitive year, however, because our tyres will be racing again on 6 January, having been selected by numerous entrants in the extraordinary Lisbon-Dakar marathon".

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