Pirelli Motorsport had a successful first snow, ice and cold event as the FIA World Rally Championship headed to Arctic Rally Finland in Lapland this weekend which saw Hyundai Motorsport’s Ott Tanak take his first win of the season while Toyota Gazoo Racing world rally team’s Kalle Rovanpera becoming the youngest ever World Rally Championship points leader following his second place finish.
Speaking following the rally, Terenzio Testoni, Pirelli Rally Activity Manager commented saying:
“There was a big variation in temperature from the pre-event test to the actual rally: from close to minus 20 around a week ago, conditions warmed up considerably to only just below zero. This meant we saw an equal variation in road conditions: from densely-packed ice, to snow mixed with gravel. In pure snow and ice conditions our Sottozero tyres performed perfectly with no stud loss, as these are exactly the conditions they are designed for. When there was gravel coming through as well, it was harder to keep all the studs in the tyres and the drivers had to drive accordingly. Those who put less stress through the tyres in these marginal conditions felt the benefit. Congratulations to Ott and also to Oliver: having driven a World Rally Car for the very first time with us at the Bologna Motor Show three years ago, it’s fantastic to see Oliver perform so well on his world championship debut in the top class on our tyres.”