International Rally stars make important debuts at Bologna Motor Show

International Rally stars make important debuts at Bologna Motor Show

10.12.2016: Kalle Rovanpera will drive a Ford Fiesta RS WRC Fresh from success at the Monza Rally Show last

Kalle Rovanpera will drive a Ford Fiesta RS WRC

Fresh from success at the Monza Rally Show last week, Pirelli is supplying tyres for some key debuts this weekend at another important event in Italy: the Bologna Motor Show.

A highlight of the show is the 29th Bettega Memorial Rallysprint, which pits some of the top names in rallying together in front of an enthusiastic crowd: truly bringing rallying to the people.

Stars in new cars: There will be some important debuts at the Bettega Memorial Rallysprint with some young stars stepping up to World Rally Cars in competition for the first time. There will also be the usual established stars fighting for overall honours.

The route: The event takes place on a compact rallysprint circuit just by the main exhibition centre, where the Motor Show is held. The surface is 70% asphalt and 30% gravel, featuring a jump and some tight hairpin bends, so controllability of the car is even more important than usual.

The timetable: The Bettega Memorial Rallysprint takes place over a series of heats on Saturday and Sunday. It concludes with a grand final on Sunday afternoon, after other drivers have been eliminated in the knockout rounds.

The competitors: Multiple Italian rally champion Paolo Andreucci, who also won the R5 category at the Monza Rally last weekend, steps up to a Citroen DS3 WRC for the first time.

While Andreucci has extensive experience of WRC machinery from the past, this is the first time that he is driving this particular model in Bologna. Teenage Finnish sensation Kalle Rovanpera is making his World Rally Car competition debut, as he graduates to a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

 Fabio Andolfi, a star of the WRC3 championship this year, also gets his first taste of the top class by graduating to a Hyundai i20 WRC, having finished on the R5 podium at Monza.

The tyres: The event regulations state that gravel tyres must be used, so Pirelli will bring its latest Scorpion products to Bologna. Cold and potentially wet conditions are expected, which means that the soft K6 compound will be predominantly used with the K8 supersoft also available if it rains. A maximum of eight tyres are allowed.

Quotes: Pirelli’s rally activity manager Terenzio Testoni said: “After such a strong weekend in Monza, where our tyres really made the difference by allowing privateers to beat the factory cars, we are hoping for the same thing again in Bologna.

With some of our star drivers in a variety of unfamiliar cars, it promises to be an absolutely fascinating challenge, especially as the Bettega Memorial rallysprint is an event that requires instant performance, often in cool conditions.

 Drivers also have to find the best grip with gravel tyres on a mainly asphalt surface. Our selection has been made with this in mind, so this weekend should be a great way to end the rallying season for us.”


- Anthony Peacock,  photo Pirelli


10.12.2016 / MaP

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