Speed and the jumps part of Rally Finland
The WRC comes to the gravel roads of Finland for the most northerly Rally. Pirelli will partner the drivers and teams with the soft version of their Scorpion tyres.
The event, one of the season's most popular rallies, begins
on Friday and presents many interesting aspects for the drivers and the enthusiastic public. The dynamic course and treacherous road surface mean high speeds and big jumps.
For the occasion, Pirelli's technicians will be bringing the soft version of the Scorpion, the tyre specifically developed by the Italian company to guarantee the highest performance and safety on smooth terrain and mud.
The Pirelli Star Drivers will be taking part in the Rally Finland and it will also be recognised as a qualifying rally for the 2010 Pirelli Star Driver competition: Five young drivers will be selected from 8 North European countries to enter the programme's European shootout, to take place in Freistadt, Austria in mid-September.
Similar to the European selection process, the young contenders will be judged not only on their technical capacity and speed, but also on their ability to present themselves and relate to the media, proving themselves, in short, well-rounded drivers.
The materials used to create the Scorpion intended for the World Rally Championship represent the latest innovation in terms of resistance. The Scorpion has been designed with "run flat" technology solutions which, as well as reducing the risk of a puncture to a minimum, let the driver finish the race without losing excessive time and without damaging the car's mechanics or bodywork.
The Scorpion Soft was also chosen for the recent Rally Poland, one of the season's most exciting races.