Normal Production Truck Tyres Win In Pharoah’s Rally
After an impressive performance at the beginning of the year in the Paris-Dakar rally Pirelli truck tyres strengthened their reputation last weekend by winning the Rally of the Pharaohs, one of the most demanding desert rally-raids in the international calendar.
A Team Overlock’s Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500 driven by Panseri-Piana-Mor won the 2005 Egyptian marathon, preceding one of the Iveco 140E 24s that did so well in the Paris-Dakar and the Spanish event this year, fitted with Pirelli tyres. On this occasion, the Italian truck entered by Motorsport Italia was driven by Rickler-Briani-Diamante and battled with a trio of vehicles and then the winner throughout the entire rally.
The Pirelli tyres used by the two vehicles that triumphed among the pyramids were of normal production in size 14.00R20. This extraordinary 1-2 by standard Pirelli truck tyres is all the more impressive after the Iveco had won an event with a route comprising fast special stages like the Baja Aragon. In Egypt, the Milan manufacturer’s tyres were even able to make the difference in a rally-raid marathon like the 2005 Rally of the Pharaohs, with its extremely long distance, timed sectors.