WRC: Subaru and Peugeot on P Zero among the favourites in Sardinia

Milan, 15 May 2006 - The World Rally Championship will be in Sardinia next weekend for the sev-enth event in the series and Pirelli Competizioni's home world title counter. To ensure Pirelli will be among the top contenders on the island, its technicians completed a sequence of tests on loose surfaces a few days ago, the positive results of which will also be useful for the Acropolis Rally, the subsequent round in the world championship, scheduled to take place two weeks later. As was the case at the end of April in Argentina, the Subaru Impreza WRC06s of Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson and the Peugeot 307 WRC in Pirelli livery driven by Gigi Galli, will carry the colours of the Milan company in the Rally d'Italia-Sardegna and have all they need to acquit them-selves well. Anxiously awaited on the island for the Italian world championship counter is Italian Galli, who said, "I am confident that I can repeat my top level performance in South America, thanks to my car-tyre-team combination, which has always enabled me to be competitive. I think I can do well in the Sardinian round of the world championship, as I will be able to use the latest new developments from Pirelli Competizioni, produced expressly for the demanding loose sur-faces on which we shall compete from next Friday to Sunday". Mario Isola, Rally Manager of Pirelli Competizioni, revealed, "The cars on Pirelli P Zero in the Rally d'Italia-Sardinia will use tyres with KP tread pattern, available in our latest evolution range of compounds of two hard, four medium, four or more medium-soft and six soft. Obviously, these P Zeros will be of our most recent construction, which made such a positive debut in Argentina". At the Rally of Italy in Sardinia, the Pirelli P Zeros will also be available to the Subaru Impreza WRC of Kristian Solberg and for a substantial number of Group N competitors. It should also be mentioned that, thanks to the support of the heads of local schools and of Teren-zio Testoni, the tyre manufacturer's expert technician, Pirelli Competizioni has involved the stu-dents of the secondary school at Ozieri in the event. They will be given the opportunity of "living" the rally close-up and in a different way. Among other things, the students will be able to see the total commitment of the Pirelli technicians and the teams the company supports in the 2006 World Rally Championship - the Subaru World Rally Team and the Bozian Racing-Peugeot - to appreciate even more the educational significance of sport in general and motor racing in particular. For more information and pictures on Pirelli's motorsport activities visit: www.pirellicompetizioni.com