Pirelli 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 tyre supply agreement. Pirelli first supplied the GT4 European Series Northern Cup this year, and is delighted to renew the agreement into the future.
But while the Blancpain GT series uses GT3 cars from the world’s leading sports car manufacturers, the European GT4 series (and by extension, a number of the cars on the French GT Championship) use slightly less powerful GT4-specification cars, in order to open up the competition to as many drivers as possible and form a clear ladder of talent.
For GT4, Pirelli uses its renowned P Zero tyres in 18-inch size: DH slick tyres for dry conditions and WH patterned tyres for rain. These are commercially available products that use Pirelli’s state-of-the-art technology in a wide variety of fitments. The versatility of the tyres 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.
Matteo Braga (Pirelli’s racing activities manager): “All the tyres 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 tyres. 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.”
Stephane Ratel (Founder and CEO SRO Motorsports Group): “We are happy to have Pirelli on board for the new-look GT4 European Series. They are of course our loyal and efficient partner in everything GT3, and since Pirelli already provided GT4 teams with their tyres in the current GT4 European Series and British GT championship, they have plenty of experience with the GT4 category as well. The Pirelli tyre is not only very efficient, but also good value for money, so completely in line with the GT4 spirit.”