Dindo Capello Gives Pirelli its 3rd Consecutive Win in Monza
The skills of the Audi ace and the PZero tyres on his Ford Focus WRC made the difference at the end of year classic in Monza. Dindo finished ahead of the winner of the last two events, Valentino Rossi, who staged a spectacular fightback in the closing stages. With Stagni in the all-new Mitsubishi Evo X and Oppizzi in a Renault Clio S1600, Pirelli also triumphed in the popular Group N and Super 1600 classes.
Monza, 16 November 2008 - Having won the Monza Rally Show with the Ford Focus WRC of Valentino Rossi and Carlo Cassina for the last two years, Pirelli can add another win to the roll call in 2008 thanks to victory from Dindo Capello and Gigi Pirollo - who dominated proceedings throughout the weekend. Capello, driving a Ford Focus WRC, got the better of the similar car of Rossi-Cassina, who were forced to stage an impressive fightback after encountering some minor problems in the opening stages.
So it was an impressive one-two for Pirelli's PZero tyres, which also claimed victory in Group N with the all-new Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X driven by Mario Stagni, and victory in Super 1600 thanks to Paolo Oppizzi at the wheel of a Renault Clio S1600.
"Winning again at Monza is a source of huge satisfaction for us," said Dindo Capello. "The support of Pirelli's technicians, such as Terenzio Testoni, and the tyres [ PZero ] on our Ford Focus WRC were a huge help, giving us plenty of handling and grip even in temperatures that were higher than those expected. I enjoyed myself and I think everybody watching enjoyed it too - which is just as much of a pleasure for me as actually winning the event."
Valentino Rossi added: "I really enjoyed the battle with Dindo and all the other drivers. The advice we had from Pirelli's technician during the event proved to be invaluable, such as the shaving of the tyres before the final stage - an idea of Terenzio Testoni's - which allowed us to climb back to second overall.
Now I'm fully concentrated on the Rally GB that is coming up very soon. Once more I will be driving the new Ford Focus WRC and I hope to finish in the top 10 overall." As is the case for all the competitors on the World Rally Championship, Rossi-Cassina will be using Pirelli tyres for the last round of the season: namely the soft compound Scorpion rubber that was already used in Finland and Japan.
Not only did Pirelli claim first and second overall in the Monza Rally Show, but the Italian rubber also claimed Group N. Stagni-Mainiero sealed the win with a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, in one of the most popular classes on the entry list. In Super 1600, Oppizzi-Nicola triumphed with their Renault Clio S1600, running on Pirelli tyres.
Pirelli's Rally Manager Mario Isola said: "We're very pleased with the overall result, which has seen us win the main event plus two of the most important and competitive classes. We're also very happy to see both the quality and quantity of the field. These wins came using our commercially available products, which underline the capabilities of our rally tyres; in this instance the acclaimed PZero range."