Italian tyre firm Pirelli, the official supplier to Formula One, is delighted to strengthen its links with endurance racing, following the plans announced by series promoter Stephane Ratel at the Spa 24 Hours in Belgium today.
A new Sprint Series is set to succeed the FIA GT1 World Championship next year, which is currently exclusively supplied by Pirelli along with the FIA GT3 European Championship. The new championship will be combined with the current Blancpain Endurance Series, with an overall title for both. The cars, calendars and tyre regulations will ensure that competitors can take part in both series, with a GT world title awarded to the overall winners.
Pirelli will once again supply tyres to the new championship next year on an exclusive basis, with eight or nine teams planned – each representing a different manufacturer, most of which use Pirelli P Zero as original equipment on their road cars. The cars eligible will be race versions of road-going supercars, as have been seen on the GT Championships successfully equipped by Pirelli this year. Pirelli has claimed a huge variety of class wins in GT racing all over the world, as well as supplying exclusive one-make series such as the Ferrari Challenge, Lamborghini Trofeo and Maserati Trofeo.