Pirelli has become the sole tyre supplier for the FIA GT World Cup. The company will be supplying tyres to all five manufacturers competing for the title. The inaugural race of this series will be held on the streets of Macau on November 22.
Matteo Braga, Pirelli’s senior tyre engineer, said, “Pirelli is very excited to be a part of this new event and we are particularly thrilled to see such a strong entry list. There is a long list of impressive cars from some of the world’s top car manufacturers. We will supply them all with our P Zero DHC slick tyre with a single compound for the whole grid.”
He added, “The circuit is unique in that it has long straights and some very tight corners. So the tyres will be tested under braking and they will have to withstand some large loads as the cars reach maximum speed at the end of the straights, although wear and degradation is generally low. The track is particularly narrow too, so the drivers will aim to be precise as they negotiate the corners. A rapid warm-up is required on a track that’s always going to be very slippery. We don’t often see GT racing on street circuits, so this is bound to be a fantastic spectacle.”
The 6.2-km long Macau GP circuit is an iconic track that has helped drivers like Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel to hone their skill and reach the pinnacle of motorsports. Being a street circuit, it is an unforgiving track that leaves no room for driver error.