The winter break never lasts long in motorsport. In just the second week of the New Year, the Autosport International show in Birmingham serves as a preview to the season ahead, catering to both the motorsport trade and to the general public.
For Pirelli, a prominent exhibitor at the event, it’s a chance to showcase its motorsport activities and its high performance products as it prepares for another busy season.
The pinnacle of motorsport, and Pirelli’s participation in it, is of course Formula 1® , and this is always a popular aspect to the show with appearances from drivers and teams and displays of classic and contemporary cars. The F1® tyres will only be a part of Pirelli’s display however, as it also celebrates its growing involvement in the British motorsport scene.
The 2016 season was a big one for Pirelli in UK competition, particularly as the first year of its new deal to exclusively supply the British GT Championship. Another exciting season is in store in 2017, with the news that high-performance models from Ferrari and Mercedes will join the grid to take the fight to the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, which won the 2016 series and will be on display on the Pirelli stand in Birmingham.
One of the Aston Martin’s title-winning drivers, Derek Johnston, will be another of the drivers taking part in Q&A sessions, describing his championship success and his career so far. Other GT stars on stage will be the Spa 24 Hours winner and factory BMW driver Alexander Sims, and the GT Cup champion Jordan Witt.
Pirelli will also be continuing to supply the GT Cup in 2017 after renewing its long-standing relationship with organiser Bute Motorsport. This will also extend to the championship’s exciting new sister series, the Prototype Cup, which will hold its first season in 2017 following a successful launch race at Snetterton in October. The series’ LMP3 car, intended as a stepping-stone for teams and drivers wanting to compete in the famous endurance race at Le Mans, will be a newcomer to the Pirelli stand.
Joining the GT and prototype machinery, single-seaters will be represented by the BRDC British Formula 3 car, introduced in 2016 and part of Pirelli’s commitment to supporting the next generation of racing talent. This also includes its backing of the F1® feeder series GP2 and GP3.