Pirelli has announced it will return to the FFSA French GT Championship next year, as part of the new-look GT4 European Series, promoted by SRO Motorsports Group. The French series is part of an overall structure of regional GT racing throughout Europe, which forms the GT4 European Series.
The GT4 European Series– which is split into the Northern Cup and Southern Cup, as well as an overall title – is organised and promoted by SRO, which is also behind the headlining Blancpain GT Series, where Pirelli has a long-term tire supply agreement. Pirelli first supplied the GT4 European Series Northern Cup this year, and is delighted to renew the agreement into the future.
While the Blancpain GT Series uses GT3 cars from the world’s leading sports car manufacturers, the grids of the GT4 European Series are formed by SRO homologated GT4 cars, in order to open up the competition to as many drivers as possible.
For GT4, Pirelli uses its P Zero tires in an 18″ fitment: DH slick tires for dry conditions and WH patterned tires for rain. Pirelli states that the versatility of the chosen tires means that they ‘complement the performance of an ample range of cars’, which are suitable for a number of different national championships as well, including French GT.
“All the tires we provide for GT demonstrate the technology transfer that cascades from Formula 1, to GT racing, to other forms of motorsport and our Ultra High Performance road car tires,” stated Matteo Braga, Pirelli racing activities manager. “The products we are using have been tested for several years in many different championships, so they complement the philosophy of the GT4 European Series and French GT perfectly. It’s a great pleasure for us to continue our agreement with the GT4 European Series, and return to France, where we have not been seen on the national GT championship since 2009.”
“We are happy to have Pirelli on board for the new-look GT4 European Series,” added Stephane Ratel, Founder and CEO SRO Motorsports Group. “They are of course our loyal and efficient partner in everything GT3, and since Pirelli already provided GT4 teams with their tires in the current GT4 European Series and British GT championship, they have plenty of experience with the GT4 category as well. The Pirelli tire is not only very efficient, but also good value for money, so completely in line with the GT4 spirit.”