Pirelli’s history is very closely linked to the evolution of Motorsport. Ever since the first victory achieved in 1907 in the Peking-Paris raid Pirelli has known how to develop a specific range of competition tyres with a high technological content and excellent performance.
In Rallying Pirelli has always had a strong commitment, playing a role of protagonist. Involvement in the World Rally Championship dates back to its inception in 1973 and from then to 2010 Pirelli has recorded 25 championship titles. From 2008 to 2010 Pirelli was also the official Tyre Supplier to this series, the maximum expression of rally competitions around the world.
In 2011 and 2012 Pirelli was the exclusive Tyre Supplier to the WRC Academy.
The experience gained in the WRC and the technical development made for asphalt, gravel, snow and ice rally tyres have been transferred to the national and international championships Pirelli has been participating at all over the world.
The partnerships with Citroen and Renault at European level underline Pirelli’s commitment to this exciting motorsport category.
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.
Pirelli has strengthened its presence in rallying also as exclusive tyre supplier of all rally series organized by Renault that will take place in several European countries from 2011 to 2013: in Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and other countries.
Pirelli is involved in Renault's rally activities at a higher level too as sole supplier to its renowned European Trophy, which forms part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
These championships are open to all of Renault's two-wheel drive rally cars such as the Clio Renault Sport R3 and Twingo Renault Sport R2, as well as the new Twingo Renault Sport R1. In addition, also the new Megane Renault Sport RS N4 is fitted with Pirelli tyres.
The cars use a selection of Pirelli's asphalt and gravel tyres. These tyres are based on technology similar to the covers seen on the World Rally Championship in the recent years, when Pirelli was sole tyre supplier.
All cars use the same range of tyres: the RX for asphalt, RE for wet conditions and K for gravel. The Twingo Renault Sport R1 uses a 15-inch tyre, the Twingo Renault Sport R2 has a 16-inch tyre, and the Clio Renault Sport R3 is fitted with a 17-inch tyre.
At national level Pirelli will continue to supply hundreds of drivers entering domestic rally championships. Here you can find some brief information on our presence in the various countries.
Rallying is a passion in Argentina.
The Argentinian Rally Championship is growing every year, showing a great technological level advance and can be compared to important large rallies worldwide, which brings even more competition for the category.
New Zealand Rally Championship.
Pirelli will support the Mitsubishi Ralliart Team in the New Zealand Rally Championship in 2013. With Chris West as the lead driver in the latest Evo10 we have high expectations for the Championship.
Pirelli is present in the Renault Trophy, the Citroen Rally Championship and the Ford Fiesta Rally Trophy.
Copa Peugeot is the proof that also smaller cars can participate in a rally. Competing in Peugeot 207, 150HP, this series offers great thrills and struggles for lovers of speed rally. The championship includes seven events.
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China Rally Championships
With the remarkable result in this field, Pirelli is always an active option for teams/drivers. Since 2008 Pirelli already helped teams/drivers to win 2 times Team National Champion Titles and 4 times the driver national champion title.
Product performance together with professional service level and technical advice have proved to be the winning choice for many Chinese teams and drivers.
2013 Czech Rally Championship: the 7 major Czech rallies - including Bohemia Rally and Barum Czech rally - the 2WD European Champion Jan Cerny will run his Skoda Fabia S2000 on Pirelli tarmac rally tyres. The expectations are high, the fight for overall wins or podium results.
Both 2013 Czech Rally Championship and Sprint Rally Championship include Pirelli Trophy called Pohár Pirelli for all drivers using Pirelli rally tyres exclusively for the competition. The number of participants is rising year after year, 30 cars is expected 2013.
In France Pirelli is present in both the French Rally Championship and the French Cup. Moreover, in order to further increase Pirelli’s presence in the French Cup, Pirelli has just created “Le Trophée Pirelli” which rewards best drivers equipped with Pirelli’s tyres. Participation is free, and driver who gets more points during the season wins 4 new tyres for the final of the Cup.
Pirelli has just sealed a three-year agreement as the exclusive supplier to the Citroen Racing Trophy. Even if the Trophy is run throughout 10 countries, more than 30 races are in France.
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In 2012 Pirelli had a strong presence among all national championships and races with many individual successes. In 2013, Pirelli Greece will continue the effort and participation in motor sport championships in the categories of Hill Climbing, Rally and Circuit.
The most popular championship is the National Hungarian Rally Championship that includes 6-7 events. Most of the races are on asphalt, others are usually on gravel. Pirelli tyres are used by many Hungarian rally drivers who have achieved great reasults during the past season.
In the Italian Rally Championship Pirelli has always played a leading role by providing tyres to drivers and cars winning several national titles.
Also in 2011 the collaboration with Peugeot Italia and the five-time Italian Champion Paolo Andreucci has been confirmed, as well as the presence in the Super 2000, in the Gr.N and in the 2WD categories.
Pirelli is also sponsor and sole supplier to the Italian Intercontinental Rally Challenge, that is run on asphalt.
Other Italian championships supplied exclusively with Pirelli tyres are the Citroen Racing Trophy, the Renault Trophies, the Peugeot Trophies and the Mitsubishi Evolution Cup.
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National Rally Championship. (RX5, N4, RE7 y N3).
Pirelli is present mainly in the categories N4 and N3, with RX5 and K4 tyres.
New Zealand Rally Championship
Pirelli will continue supporting Chris West and the Mitsubishi Rally Team
Portugal Rally Championship
This championship takes place on asphalt and gravel and includes Madeira and Azores. Pirelli Supplies tyres to important teams in order to win the Championship.
Pirelli has a long-time involvement in the National Rally Championship, which is the most popular motorsport competition in Romania. The 2013 season started in March, includes 9 events, 3 on tarmac and 6 on gravel. Pirelli has been supporting the top drivers in this competition throughout the years, finishing frequently on the podium thanks to them and to their tyres.
Spanish Rally Championship
The 2013 season will be the 48th edition of the Rally Championship in Spain. The schedule consists of nine events starting March 16 in the Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles, and ending on November 24 in Madrid RACE Rally.
Challenge Renault Twingo R2
The Challenge Twingo R2 is open to all Twingo R2 with FIA regulations and consists of a schedule of 6 Rallies included in the Spanish Rally Championship ( Cantabria, Rias Baixas, Ourense, Principe de Asturias, Sierra Morena, and Madrid) from which retains the top 5 results.
Top Ten Galecoi Pirelli
The “Copa Top Ten Pirelli” is included in the Galician Rally Championship. In 2013 it will retain the successful format of the previous year including also the two-wheel drive Like R3, S1600, and R2.
In the Swiss Rally Championship Pirelli is present together with Renault R1, Citroen C2 R2 and DS3 and Ford R2.
In the Turkish Rally Championship Pirelli is Sponsor of the Ford Rally Team and supplier to most of the other teams competing in the Championship.
British Rally Championship
The British Rally Championship is the premier rally championship in the UK. Rounds are contested in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on both tarmac and gravel. The BRC is a 2WD only championship. Pirelli also operates the Star Driver Scheme in the BRC, with one driver from each round going to end of season shootout to win a drive in the next season of the championship.
British Historic Rally Championship & RAC Championship
Pirelli is an official supplier to both the BHRC and the RAC Championship. Pirelli will be supplying a variety of drivers including 5 x British Champion, Jimmy McRae. The popularity of Historic rallying in Britain has soared in recent years and Pirelli aim to capitalize on that with the GM6 tyre at has proved xtremely popular with competitors.
Welsh Rally Championship
Pirelli will be the title sponsor of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship as well as being an official supplier. The championship takes place on gravel along the forestry roads of Wales. The championship takes in many of the stages used of the British round of the WRC during Rally Wales GB.
Scottish Rally Championship
The Scottish Rally Championship is contested over 8 rounds on both gravel and tarmac. The championship has an open tyre supply. In 2012 David Bogie, supported by Pirelli, won the championship for the 4th successive year in his Mitsubishi Evo IX. The Scottish Rally Championship is serviced by Pirelli’s Motorsport dealer in Scotland, Andrew Wood Motorsport
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