Milan, July 25, 2017. It’s time for the biggest event on the motorsport calendar for Pirelli: the Spa 24 Hours in Belgium, which takes place from 27 to 30 July and involves 112 people, 10 nationalities, 24 trucks and more than 13,000 tyres.
These mammoth figures showcase the huge organisational and logistical undertaking that Pirelli faces at the headlining race of the Blancpain GT Series. To sustain this massive effort, more than 4,000 espresso coffees and 1300 kilograms of pasta are ready to fortify the troops. Because the Spa 24 Hours is just as much of an endurance test for Pirelli’s people as it is for the competing cars.
And why are these numbers so big? That would be to do with the 64 cars on the entry list, crewed by 220 drivers in total. On top of that are all the support races, including the Pirelli-equipped Lamborghini Super Trofeo, meaning that around 330 drivers will take to the track over the weekend.
All these cars need tyres of course, which is why Pirelli brings what looks like a mobile tyre factory to the Spa 24 Hours. Two ‘production lines’ are set up to mount the tyres onto the wheels, and at full capacity the dedicated crew of fitters can turn deliver one tyre every 14 seconds. Day and night, if necessary. The cars use P Zero DHD tyres for dry conditions and WH tyres for wet weather.