The FIA GT Championship returns to Monza with the Motor & Music live show 2007

The latest round of the FIA GT Championship at Monza coincides with a series of events designed to celebrate 100 years of Pirelli in motorsport. As well as a thrilling race - in which the Pirelli-equipped Aston Martins, Corvette, Ferraris, Maseratis and Porsches will once more go head-to-head - there will be a concert on Sunday starring some of the biggest names in Italian music.

Milan, 20 June 2007 - The fourth round of the FIA-GT championship in Monza this Sunday is Pirelli's home event. Accordingly, the Italian tyre firm has planned a number of special events at the circuit to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Pirelli in motorsport.

After what is bound to be a spectacular race, Pirelli Competizioni has also lent its support to a free concert, which will take place in the Monza paddock on Sunday night at 7pm. Some of the biggest names in Italian music will perform on stage, including Irene Grandi, Umberto Tozzi, Marco Masini and Simone Cristicchi amongst others.

On the sporting side, Pirelli will bring some new tyres to Monza - including a few products that were found to work well during the ultimate test of the Le Mans 24 Hours last week. As Pierluigi De Cancellis, Pirelli Competizioni's circuit manager, explains: "We have a good number of new products for our Pirelli cars - especially in terms of soft and medium-soft compounds. Monza is a track where there is a lot of acceleration, very high speeds and savage braking: all of which work the tyres very hard. Because of this we have defined some appropriate PZero Racing tyre choices that will work well on mid-engined cars such as the Maserati and the Ferrari, as well as front-engined cars such as the Corvette and Aston Martin, and rear-engined cars like the Porsche. The unique demands of this circuit will become even more pronounced if the weather turns out to be very hot."

Monza is a circuit that is physically and emotionally close to the heart of Pirelli, which won the 1925 Automobile World Championship at the track with Gastone Brilli in an Alfa Romeo P2. In 1950 Pirelli claimed the very first Formula 1 World Championship at Monza with Nino Farina in an Alfa Romeo 159, and seven years later the company took the last win of its first stint in Formula 1 there, with Stirling Moss and Vanwall. More recently, Pirelli lifted the European Formula 2 title at Monza with Brian Henton and Toleman in 1980 - the prelude to the company's return to F1 the following year. During the '90s, Pirelli tasted success at Monza in Super Touring with the Alfa Romeo 155 GTA (1992) and in GT Racing: the Ferrari Challenge, Trofeo Maserati and FIA GT series in GT2.

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