Teams on Pirelli protagonists in the Le Mans Series about to start at Monza


The company is to supply numerous highly competitive teams in the LMS' GT2 class.
P Zero Racing are aiming for the title won in 2005 with Ferrari and 2006 with Porsche.

Monza, 11 April 2007 - Pirelli Competizioni will have a massive presence in the 2007 Le Mans Series championship that gets under way at Monza this Sunday. P Zero Racing tyres by the Italian manufacturer have always been extremely effective in 1,000 kilometres (or 1,000 miles) endurances races, winning the 2005 title in the GT1 class with the Ferrari 550 Maranellos of BMS-Scuderia Italia and the GT2 championship a year later with the Porsche 996 GT3-RSRs of Team Orlando Redolfi.

At Monza, Pirelli will supply its tyres to no fewer than 11 cars in the hardest fought classes of the championship. They will be four Ferrari 430 GTCs on P Zeros - two entered by GPC Corse, one by Villorba Corse and another by IcePool - three Panoz Esperante GTLMs - two belonging to LNT and one of Team Chad Racing Peninsula - a Porsche 996 GT3-RSR of Team Proton, two 997 GT3-RSRs of the same team. Team Farnbacher will also campaign one of the new Porsche coupés.

"The Le Mans Series is a constantly growing championship, as confirmed by the fact that the organisers have had to refuse entries as the event would otherwise have been oversubscribed", said Pirelli Competizioni Circuit Manager Pierluigi De Cancellis. The Italian engineer also explained, "Monza is a circuit that is hard on tyres, which have to sustain extremely high speeds, harsh braking and the stress derived from big but fast corners. While not being abrasive, which is the reason why we shall race there with soft tread compounds, the Monza asphalt will be tough on the tyres due to massive mechanical stress. But I expect a good race with highly competitive stints, even though competitors are facing 1,000 kilometres of racing. To meet the needs of our clients, we have taken to this first race tyres that constitute an evolution of those that were successfully tried and tested in the FIA-GT race at Zhuhai. Although not a 'sprint' competition, the drivers will go into their stints fully exploiting the mechanics and tyres, for which reason P Zero Racings that compete in two hour long FIA-GT events are, I believe, the most suitable", concluded the Pirelli Competizioni technician.

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