Subaru and Pirelli in Australia


After the mid-month progress shown in Turkey, the team is going for a top result.
P Zeros will also be on a number of Group N cars, as well as the works Subarus.

Milan, 24 October 2006 - The third last round in the 2006 World Rally Championship will be based in Perth, Western Australia, and is already looking extremely interesting. On the basis of results achieved in the Rally of Turkey, the Subaru Imprezas on their Pirelli P Zero tyres should be able to score a top result in Australia, one that slipped through their fingers in Turkey after Petter Solberg went off the road while he was in second place and a handful of seconds from the rally leader.

There are two aspects of the Australian rally that stand out in particular: one is that the special stages are covered with small bauxite stones, and the other is the closeness of the trees to the roads over which the crews will be competing.

Those two factors complicate tyre choice fairly considerably, as Terenzio Testoni, the Pirelli Competizioni technician attached to the factory Subaru team, underlined. He said, "The tread pattern must be able to expel the small bauxite stones in the same way that one attempts to increase the ejection of water when confronted with wet asphalt, without forgetting that the special stages of the third leg are partly sandy - another variable of no minor importance that we must take into consideration".

At Perth, the Pirelli P Zeros will not only be fitted to the Impreza WRCs of Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson, but also to the cars of a number of entrants competing in Group N, such as the three Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IXs of the Tango Rally Team prepared in Italy by the Agnello brothers.

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