The primary asphalt rally of 2021 allowed Pirelli to proceed its overview of the brand new tires deliberate for this season. On the event of Rally Croatia this weekend, the only real producer of the WRC arrived with three selections of gums. Totally contested in good climate, the third spherical of the calendar didn’t in the end require the Cinturato RWB, which was efficient solely within the occasion of rain. The WRC opponents, in addition to the opposite classes (WRC2, WRC3 and JWRC) due to this fact needed to take care of the 2 variations of the P ZERO (Laborious and Tender).
After testing periods carried out by Andreas Mikkelsen final 12 months in Sardinia underneath temperatures above 40 ° C, Pirelli was satisfied that tire put on wouldn’t be an issue because of the situations encountered in Croatia on the finish of April. Abrasive, polluted (by filth and stones) and assorted, the Croatian specials turned out to be actual challenges with a consistently altering grip.
“The primary weekend on asphalt was very demanding”, stated Terenzio Testoni, Pirelli’s WRC program supervisor, “with typically soiled and slippery roads. It supplied a extremely massive take a look at for the riders and, after all, for the tires. ”
Already skeptical within the offseason after his winter exams after which at Rallye Monte-Carlo in regards to the reliability of the tires used for asphalt, Sébastien Ogier didn’t hesitate to return to the cost in Croatia the place he suffered three punctures. on the one day of Saturday. Regardless of the annoyance of the seven-time World Champion, Pirelli defended himself by pointing to a different cause for these issues.
“The data that emerged is that the edges suffered probably the most, typically having suffered severe injury, which then had a right away impact on the tires. This rim injury, brought on by poor asphalt and bumps, was an issue all groups and riders needed to cope with. ”
“Relating to the tires, we’re happy with the degrees of damage, which have been moderately contained regardless of the severity of the surfaces and the excessive working temperatures of as much as 150 ° C.”
The following stage of the WRC, scheduled in Portugal from Could 20 to 23, marks the return of the earth and the beginning of a collection of 4 consecutive occasions on this floor. Pirelli shall be executed with its novelties, providing the Scorpion for the primary time since its return to the WRC.
“We [Pirelli] sit up for the filth in Portugal, the place energy and sturdiness would be the primary traits required of the tires. “