Tue 18 Jun 2024

Pirelli on the move in ERC Tyre Supplier title tussle

Pirelli has closed the gap to Michelin in the race to win the inaugural FIA European Rally Championship for Tyre Suppliers following its first podium double of the season on BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia last weekend.

The Italian manufacturer supplied tyres to winner Oliver Solberg (Škoda Fabia RS Rally2) and third-placed Hayden Paddon (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) – and celebrated its first ERC victory since Mads Østberg triumphed on Rally Hungary last October.  

It also equipped FIA ERC3 and ERC Fiesta Rally3 Trophy winner Filip Kohn and is now 20 points behind Michelin in the FIA European Rally Championship for Tyre Suppliers ahead of next month’s Delfi Rally Estonia.

“The Scandinavian rally confirmed that it is a highly spectacular and challenging race," commented Terenzio Testoni, Pirelli rally activity manager. "Congratulations to Oliver and Hayden who were able to make the most of the characteristics of our Scorpions. What made the difference was the soft K6A which, thanks to its versatility and versatility, ensured grip on both dry and wet surfaces, allowing our two drivers to extend their lead over their competitors.”  

Pirelli provided its Scorpion gravel range for BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia, namely the K8A (supersoft), K6A (soft) and KCB (medium). However, the KCB was used predominantly by the Pirelli crews on the Karlstad-based gravel event.

Meanwhile, Michelin, which equipped the winners of V-Híd Rally Hungary (Simone Tempestini) and Rally Islas Canarias (Yoann Bonato) earlier this season, supplied tyres to BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia runner-up Mikko Heikkilä, who also took a stage win aboard his Toyota GR Yaris Rally2.

Although a crash on the event-deciding Power Stage cost him a possible podium, Michelin-shod Mathieu Franceschi continues to top the ERC standings, albeit equal on points with defending champion Hayden Paddon. Like Heikkilä, Franceschi took a stage win.  

MRF Tyres banked more points through Mārtiṇš Sesks (below), who battled for a podium during the early stages, and Efrén Llarena, the 2022 ERC champion.

Filip Mareš continued Hankook’s overall scoring run with the company also equipping the FIA Junior ERC Championship as part of its official tyre supplier agreement.    

Mille Johansson took victory for the second event running, heading home fellow Swede Calle Carlberg in an Opel Corsa Rally4 one-two. Karl-Markus Sei (Peugeot 208 Rally4) took his maiden Junior ERC podium in third place.

Starts: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 4:31:00 AM
Starts: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM
Starts: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM