Pirelli has consolidated its position as the leading tire supplier to GT racing throughout the world with the arrival of the Blancpain GT World Challenge next year: a global championship that brings together the Pirelli World Challenge in the United States alongside the other GT sprint series promoted by SRO throughout Europe and Asia.
Alongside that, Pirelli is also headline sponsor of the new Pirelli GT4 America series: one of the fastest-growing categories in the series with 36 cars homologated to date (20 of which are brand new models).
The Blancpain GT World Challenge is designed to give global exposure to the drivers, teams and manufacturers competing in each continental series, and the passport to this latest initiative lies in America, where the World Challenge name originated: sponsored by Pirelli since 2011. To register competitors, have to enter the American series, which will be known as Blancpain GT World Challenge America.
The links between SRO Motorsports America and Pirelli have become even closer, with the Italian tyre firm now headlining the Pirelli GT4 America series and continuing to supply the new Blancpain GT World Challenge America exclusively – featuring up to 20 manufacturers.
This brings the total number of SRO competitions supplied by Pirelli up to 12. This long-term global partnership with SRO – which has recently been renewed until 2023 – underlines Pirelli’s capability of delivering performance tyres to a wide variety of the world’s top automotive brands, both on the road and the race track. Not only that, but Pirelli has been instrumental in providing a solid platform for the balance of performance, ensuring fair and close competition.
The championships promoted by SRO, taking in the growing GT4 category as well as GT3, feature nearly all the premium and prestige car makers out there, with Pirelli being market leader of this high-value segment. This technical know-how and association with the world’s top brands are two of the reasons why Pirelli was recently chosen to continue to supply Formula 1 up to 2023: just one of more than 340 championships – on two wheels and four – that Pirelli supplies worldwide.
Pirelli Car Racing Manager, Mario Isola commented: “We highly value all the equity and heritage that we’ve built up within the Pirelli World Challenge since 2011 through World Challenge Vision, and share SRO Motorsports America’s vision to grow the series internationally as part of our long-term partnership and joint strategy. So we’re delighted to continue our exclusive supply to the Blancpain GT World Challenge and also launch the Pirelli GT4 America series, equipping one of the fastest-growing categories on the international GT scene. This enhances the constantly-expanding reach of all the different championships promoted by our valued partner SRO and consolidates Pirelli’s leadership of all the premium GT championships around the worldwide.”
Stephane Ratel, SRO Motorsports Group CEO, added: “Pirelli is a valued long-term technical and promotional partner for all our championships. We’re delighted to take our collaboration to the next level by offering drivers in America the chance to gain global exposure and boosting entries still further by making the American series the passport to the Blancpain GT World Challenge. The new Pirelli GT4 America series is also an exciting addition to the portfolio, in one of the fastest-growing categories. At the forefront of both these new championships will be P Zero tyres, offering our competitors performance, reliability, and prestige – as they have always done.”
The first round of the Blancpain GT World Challenge takes place at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas from March 1-3.