PIRELLI WINS THE RACE AND THE GT2 LE MANS SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Donington Park (UK), August 27, 2006- Pirelli Competizioni had many satisfying results this afternoon in winning not only the fourth Le Mans Series round with three different cars on the GT2 podium at Donington Park, but also the LMS championship with the "Italian" Porsche of the Autorlando Team driven by Camathias-Lieb. The Swiss-German duo came in fact second in the category after the LNT Panoz Esperante driven by Bell-Hughes, earning enough points to win the GT2 class' "endurance" series, coming from the "Le Mans 24 Hours" regulation. Winning the LMS 2006 title also insured the Italian team's entry to the legendary French marathon that will take place next June, one of the main goals of the team, Porsche and Pirelli.
The success of Pirelli Competizioni in Donington has been rounded off by the Ferrari 430 GTC driven by Rosa-Montermini-Drudi of the GPC Sport team, which came third in its category even though having been hard hit twice by other racers. Pirelli dominated the GT2 season collecting successes in all four rounds to date (Istanbul, Spa, Nürburgring, Donington), with at least two cars in the first two positions (three in Istanbul and Donington) and with the victory of really different cars like the Panoz, first in England, the Porsche, first in Spa and the GPC Corse Ferraris, on the podium both in Istanbul and in Nürburgring.
Joël Camathias, the new LMS 2006 champion with the Porsche-Pirelli of Autorlando, declared "I'm over the moon about the entry to the "Le Mans 24 Hours", a race that is for me an essential part of the motor racing history. I thank Pirelli for the wide range of solutions it always offered allowing us to be competitive everywhere".
"The performances we obtained on a slippery track like Donington with the new Pirelli P Zero Racing compounds met our expectations", underlines Pierluigi De Cancellis, Circuit Manager of Pirelli Competizioni. "Getting the podium with three different cars, winning all of the LMS races to date and having Porsche and Pirelli win the title is great justification" the Milanese engineer concludes "for our involvement in the series".