Pirelli taking on ‘unique challenge’ at the Rally Roma Capitale

Max Rendina in action

For the first time, an Italian Rally Championship round will take place in the heart of the country’s capital city, and Pirelli describes its participation in the Rally Roma Capitale as a “big step into the unknown.” But although rallying in Rome is uncharted territory for the tyre maker, Pirelli appears to be on top of the matter.

Pirelli reports it will take FIA-specification RK5A hard compound tyres and RK7 medium compound tyres to the Rally Roma Capitale. Both of these tyres are used on the World Rally Championship, and in accordance with the latest FIA regulations on reducing cornering speeds they feature a single tread pattern for both dry and wet conditions. Pirelli also points out – perhaps with criticisms regarding its F1 tyres still ringing loud – that the tyres it is supplying have been created to offer greater durability and resistance to wear.

Rally Roma Capitale is the brainchild of reigning WRC Production champion Max Rendina. Pirelli’s interest in the event is intensified by its strong performance in the series so far – Pirelli has already claimed all three drivers’ titles on the Italian series – overall, Junior and Production – heading into the penultimate round this weekend. Pirelli is also leading the manufacturers’ title race with Peugeot Italia.

Pirelli’s lead entry in Rome is the Peugeot 208 T16 of Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussi, who have clinched their domestic title an astonishing nine times, including this year’s latest triumph. Peugeot driver Alessandro Perico leads the Independents’ Trophy for Pirelli and is looking to add a third podium to his collection this year, having won the Rally del Ciocco at the start of the season.

The Rally Roma Capitale gets underway this evening with a superspecial stage next to the Colosseum. The rally finishes on Sunday afternoon after 11 special stages.

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