Pirelli Sweeps Baja Truck Category
Pirelli PS22 tyres swept the board in the Baja Aragon, round of the FIA Rally-Raid World Cup, at the end of July with two Iveco Eurocargo 140E24 WS trucks of Team Motorsport Italia crewed by local drivers Selga-Torra and Roque-Asurmendi-Diamante, taking first and second places respectively in the truck category of the event, preceding the third placed Mercedes-Benz 1844 AK on Pirelli, driven by Spain’s Oliveras-Campa/Capsada. The news comes six months after Markku Alen’s seventh place in the 2005 Paris-Dakar driving a Pirelli PS22-shod Iveco Eurocargo and Miki Biasion’s great performance in a similar vehicle on Pirelli until a simple technical problem stopped him from finishing the race, and the second place in Turkey’s Rally of the Orient, last June.
As was the case with the Paris-Dakar, the Pirelli PS22s fitted to the Iveco trucks that monopolised the first two places in the Baja Aragon were normal production tyres and were not specially conceived and developed for racing. “The performance and robustness demonstrated by the PS22s after four rallies permits Pirelli to play a reference role in the category and are proof of the high qualitative level of our tyres, which are in our normal price list”, said Marco Cipparrone, head of Pirelli’s truck product business unit.