Pirelli has homologated new products for the latest generation of World Rally Car as well as the feeder WRC2 category, adding even more performance and durability on both asphalt and gravel.
Not only that, but Pirelli also becomes exclusive supplier to the Junior World Rally Championship from next year: a series dedicated to drivers born later than January 1, 1989, driving identical R2-class Ford Fiestas. The winner will become the owner of a brand-new Fiesta R5 together with a tyre, fuel and free rally entries package towards the 2019 WRC2 season.
This follows on from a long tradition that Pirelli enjoys of promoting the careers of junior drivers on the World Rally Championship, via schemes such as the Pirelli Star driver programme and WRC Academy. These promotional series have helped drivers such as Craig Breen, Elfyn Evans, Hayden Paddon and Ott Tanak rise to the very top of the sport with factory teams. The current world champion, Sebastien Ogier, also won his junior title on Pirelli tyres back in 2008.
An entirely new range of P Zero tyres for asphalt and Scorpion tyres for gravel has been produced for next year’s World Rally Championship, along with a redesigned Sottozero for ice and snow (available with and without studs).