The Rally of Catalonia, the penultimate round of the WRC 2021, will start tomorrow with the first special stage. The event held in Iberia will be important not only to define – eventually – who will win the Drivers and Manufacturers’ titles, but also for the debut of a new compound prepared and brought to Spain by Pirelli.
The WRC’s sole tire supplier has brought the PZero RA WRC Soft and Hard compounds exclusively from asphalt to Catalonia. The Hard bikes are completely new and derive from Pirelli’s experience in Croatia and Belgium.
The Hard bikes, which should represent the main choice of all drivers for the weekend, especially for the long special stages, with dry asphalt conditions and characterized by other temperatures.
The Soft, on the other hand, will be available as an optional compound. It will be perfect for mixed conditions, as well as in colder specials and slippery asphalt.
“The Rally de Catalunya is one of the toughest events of the season, with one of the most complicated asphalts to manage. It is a fast event, full of fast corners, as well as stretches where braking and traction are the masters. a race that demands a lot from the tires “, declared Terenzio Testoni, Pirelli’s rally activity manager.
“On top of that, there is an additional challenge due to normally quite high ambient temperatures and some abrasive surfaces, even though most of the roads are smooth. Our latest evolution, the P Zero RA WRC HA tire, was designed to give the drivers a good feel of consistency and reliability, which is particularly important in a rally like this when tire strategy can play a key role in the result. “
“There are also some new and challenging stages that will be interesting to learn this year as Spain returns to an all-asphalt format. This year the Junior WRC concludes in Spain, which is a vital category for the sporting philosophy of Pirelli to support young drivers as they make their way “.
Pirelli brought 3,200 tires to the Rally of Catalonia. 900 of these are dedicated to World Rally Car Plus. Each WRC driver will be allocated 32 P Zero RA WRC HA (Hard), 24 P Zero RA WRC (Soft) and 12 Cinturato RWB tires.