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New Delhi, August 28, 2017 – Adding to its varied portfolio of international GT races and championships, Pirelli will exclusively supply tyres to the inaugural Suzuka 10 Hours, to take place from August 23-26 next year.

This race, featuring GT3 cars, will be the first-ever encounter between Japanese Super GT300 and international GT cars, all running on Pirelli P Zero tyres on one of the most exciting and demanding circuits in the world.

Pirelli is the market leader in global GT racing, thanks to its association with the world’s most prestigious car brands – most of whom choose Pirelli as originally equipment – and premier championships such as the Blancpain GT Series, where the Italian firm is sole supplier.

The Suzuka 10 Hours will become the Asian round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, which already visits legendary venues such as Bathurst in Australia and Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, as well as the United States and Malaysia.

This ground-breaking race will take over from the long-established Suzuka 1000 kilometres: the biggest GT race in Japan that regularly attracts crowds of 80,000 people. The race will be supported by all the top European car manufacturers as well as a contingent of Japanese manufacturers, with Honda, Nissan and Toyota expected to be represented.

Pirelli won the contract to supply the race against several key competitors thanks to its experience of top-level GT competition, which allows the full range of competitors with varying vehicle architectures to maximise their potential, and the proven speed, reliability and consistency of the P Zero product. The current agreement is for two years from 2018 to 2019.

Pirelli’s Motorsport Business Director Ernesto Garcia Domingo commented: “We’re delighted to partner with this pioneering and exclusive race, which enriches our GT offering even further: reaching out to more territories, fans and manufacturers. The expertise that we have accumulated through supplying the world’s top GT championships and prestige car manufacturers over many years puts us in a perfect position to contribute towards a fantastic spectacle on one of the most thrilling circuits in all of motorsport.”

About Pirelli:
Established in 1872, Pirelli is one of the world's largest tyre manufacturers. Its production is concentrated in the Consumer segment where, thanks to a distinctive high-end positioning, it holds leading positions at the international level in the Premium and Prestige market segments.  Benefiting from partnerships with leading makers of prestige and premium vehicles, Pirelli is unique in having such a broad range of approved tyres: more than 1900 models to fit every vehicle profile all designed and tested to guarantee perfect road handling. With 19 different manufacturing facilities in 13 countries, Pirelli has a large commercial network (across more than 160 countries), serving mature and emerging markets equally. Pirelli has a long tradition of making tyres that combine innovation, product quality and a strong brand.

About Suzuka 10 Hours (Internationally Unified GT Race):
Inheriting the tradition of the Suzuka 1000km which has brought us many dramas over the years, the 47th Summer Endurance "Suzuka 10 Hours Race" will start in 2018 at Suzuka Circuit.
This will be a 10-hour race, the longest in Japan, and will be competed by the FIA GT3 regulation cars based on production sports cars that compete today in many countries around the world. The total amount of prize money will be an amazing one-hundred million yen.