THE SUSPENSE OF SPRINT RACING RETURNS TO MISANO. THE GREATEST DANGER IS THE HIGH TEMPERATURES
A record number of participants, with 42 cars entered, and scorching temperatures, which together with the typical pitfalls of the Romagna track threaten to put drivers, cars and tyres to the test. This is the calling card of the Misano round of the GT World Challenge, the second sprint race of the championship and one of the most eagerly awaited and challenging of the season.
The Misano track is, in fact, one of the toughest in the GTWC, as it features a combination of sweeping curves and high-speed, high-load sections. The asphalt is fairly smooth, but the torrid temperatures forecast for the weekend could cause unexpected degradation to the tyres, complicating the teams' strategies.
In particular, the track has 10 right-hand and 6 left-hand bends, alternating with short straights, making it decidedly twisty and demanding for the tyres. There are numerous sections that require significant decelerations with consequent high stress on the tyres. This is particularly evident when taking certain corners, in which the drivers try to maintain the highest possible speed, in a succession of braking and acceleration that create significant load transfers between the rear and front axles.
The competing cars will be fitted with Pirelli P Zero DHFs, a product developed to meet the specific requirements of all GT classes. Features of the P Zero DHF include a wider working range and a new construction, which optimises the balance of the car with a better connection between front and rear.
Matteo Braga, Circuit Activity Pirelli manager: "Returning to Misano is always a pleasure for the atmosphere of true motoring passion and for the characteristics of the track, which can provide useful indications on the behaviour of the tyres, especially in view of the high temperatures expected during the weekend. After the excellent proof provided at the 24 Hours of Spa in the DTM race at the Norisring, characterised by temperatures similar to those expected this weekend, I believe that the P Zero DHF still has little to prove in terms of reliability and versatility. Nevertheless, the programme of continuous evolution of our products does not stop and also at Misano we will continue to collect valuable data for the future development of the DHF".
The cars have a maximum of four sets of dry tyres available for the entire race weekend, while there are no restrictions on wet tyres.