From 2011 to 2013 Pirelli will be the exclusive tyre supplier to the Citroen Racing Trophy, a one-make series that this year will take place in 10 countries all over Europe: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The Citroen Racing Trophy is open to all of Citroen’s two-wheel drive rally cars, including the C2-R2 MAX and the DS3 R3.
The cars use a selection of Pirelli’s asphalt and gravel tyres, which are based on a technology that is similar to that of the Pirelli covers supplied to the World Rally Championship in the recent years.
Specifically, in 2013 the DS3 R3 will use the new 210/625-17 size in RX and RE asphalt tyres and a 15-inch K tyre on gravel, while the R2 cars use the same range of tyres, but the asphalt RX and RE covers are 16-inch.
In 2013 the collaboration between Pirelli and Citroen will be further reinforced with the launch of the new DS3R1 Trophies in Italy, Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, Czech Republic and Switzerland.
The tyre size used will be 200/600-16 in all dry (RX5, RX7 and RX9) and wet (RE7) versions.
Another new programme in 2013 will be the Citroen Top Driver, open to the DS3R3T. The calendar of this programme will include six WRC events - four on gravel and two on asphalt - and the driver and team gaining more points at the end the season will have the possibility to take part in six WRC2 rallies in the 2014 Championship.
The size of the K2, K4, K6 e KM6 gravel tyres will be the 195/70R15, while on asphalt the new 210/625-17 will be available in RX5 and RX7 tread patterns.
The 2013 calendar will include: Rally of Portugal, Rally of Italy, Rally Finland, Rally Germany, Rally of France and Rally GB.