Arctic Rally Finland: Sharpening the nails

The WRC travels to the Arctic Circle to contest the second date of their tournament.

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Following the successful return of Pirelli as the exclusive tire supplier of the World Rally en Montecarlo, the Italian brand is now heading north towards the Arctic Rally Finland. The test, which takes the place of the canceled Rally of Sweden, it will be the only winter event of the championship. Its route is inspired by that of the Artic Lapland Rally, traditional appointment of the Finnish championship that takes place in January and that, from its base in Rovaniemi, draws its sections in full Arctic Circle.

Pirelli SottozeroThe tire Pirelli Sottozero Ice J1 it is the only option available for pure ice and snow conditions. This model incorporates 384 nails with tungsten tips protruding 7 mm from the tread blocks.

The incorporation of these elements is carried out directly during the vulcanization process, and not manually a posteriori; a technology used exclusively by Pirelli and that ensures better retention on special stages. These covers have a directional and asymmetric pattern, so they can be located on both the left and right side of the car.

Pirelli Sottozero“The 7mm spikes offer the best compromise between grip on ice and deep snow during the first pass through the sections, and retention of these elements in the second. The teams have had the opportunity to complete 15 days of tests with them, during which they have consumed around 250 tires. We are really satisfied with the levels of performance and retention of registered nails "Said Terenzio Testoni, head of Pirelli rally activities.

As there will be no possible tire choices, the crews will have to closely monitor the use of the tires on each of the loops, especially those with sections of 20 km or more.

Pirelli will displace 1.500 tires to the Arctic Rally Finland. Of all of them, 350 are dedicated exclusively to the main protagonists of the WRC category.

Pirelli SottozeroEach of the 13 pilots in the WRC class they will be able to use up to 20 tires throughout the rally, plus an extra supply of four tires for shakedown.

Pirelli will provide 1.150 more covers for other registered four-wheel-drive vehicles, including all those registered in the classes WRC2 y WRC3.

The rally will start on Friday afternoon with its longest special, Sarriojärvi, of 31,05 km. There will be two passes, the last at night.

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