The European Rally Championship and Italian Rally Championship met in Rome during the Rally di Roma Capitale, with Pirelli supporting key drivers and categories within both series. The rally began with the qualifying stage on the 19th of July, followed by six stages on Friday and ten on Saturday, finishing in Ostia after a total of 189.4 competitive kilometres.
The races took place on asphalt roads mostly to the east of the Italian capital following a ceremonial start and parade past many of its famous monuments. With challenging stages on slippery asphalt in warm summer temperatures, tyres must perform consistently on a wide variety of surfaces and be resistant to wear. Pirelli supplied drivers with its P Zero RA asphalt tyres, which made a winning debut in the ERC on the last asphalt round, Rally Islas Canarias. They were available to four-wheel drive crews in the hard-compound RA5 and soft-compound RA7, together with the Cinturato RWA rain tyre. The hard RK5, soft RKW7 and wet RW were nominated for the ERC3 Junior Championship drivers to use.
Pirelli equipped the vast majority of the field across a wide variety of cars and classes, including the new Ford Fiesta R5, seen in action on the European Championship for the first time driven by Simone Campedelli. At the end, two of the three drivers on an all-Italian podium had Pirelli tyres: Simone Campedelli placed second at 53 seconds with his Ford Fiesta R5; third was Andrea Crugnola at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia.
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