The same Monza Autodromo which closed the past GT season, will host
on March 4-5 the first track tests of the new season, and will also
give hospitality on March 27-28 to the first race of the FIA GT
Championship 2004. The development tests made over the winter have
given optimal sign to Pirelli, above all regarding Maserati. In
fact Pirelli Competizioni started 2004 with great news: the
technical development of the Maserati MC 12, the new racing car
destined to the FIA GT races and others endurance races like the
famous Le Mans 24 Hours.

After the thrilling end of the 2003 Championship, with the four
consecutive victories scored by Bertolini and De Simone at the
wheel of their Ferrari-Pirelli, and after the great victory of
Babini and Peter at Estoril with the debuting Ferrari 575-Pirelli,
the FIA GT Championship 2004 will be opened on the Italian
historical circuit and the surprises sure will not lack. Pirelli
Competizioni will support teams and drivers on the track, with
thousands of PZero Corsa tyres transported on circuits, is ready
for the new challenge, and more determined that ever.

As far as concerns Pirelli equipped GT teams and cars, a new
Italian team is announced: GPC Squadra Corse, that will present on
track the two dominators of Estoril 2003 event, the Pirelli-fitted
Ferrari 575 GTC. In the same GT category another team with Pirelli
tyres is expected to fight for the victory: Konrad Motorsport,
whose Saleen S-7R showed top performances in the latest 2003
races.
Regarding the new Maserati MC 12 PZero fitted, awaited in the GT
category for the second half of 2004, it is necessary to emphasize
the great development job carried out on car and tyres by the
Maserati Racing unit together with the Pirelli technicians. Every
part of the car has been put to hard test in order to obtain the
maximum performances also in terms of duration, not to forget the
strongest solicitations that the extraordinary performances of the
new car imposes. The lap times scored by Andrea Bertolini and Fabio
Babini on the Fiorano circuit and the thousands of kilometres
covered without particular inconvenient, allows to dream a huge
debut.

Taking a turn to N-GT category, Pirelli will be present with the
team GPC Squadra Corse and the Ferrari 360 Modena, an unbeatable
car in the final of the past season thanks also to the introduction
of the new compounds of the PZero tyres and to the new sequential
gearbox. The new teams of Pirelli Competizioni, the new PZero
tyres, already planned from the first race of the season, the new
circuits (China and Dubai in the U.A.E.) and above all the arrival
of the new Maserati MC 12 in late summer, will be the key points of
the 2004 Championship.