Pirelli set to sponsor 2012 Village on Le Mans Porsche Curves

Pirelli will continue to support the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race by sponsoring this year’s Village on the Curves, the ultimate Le Mans camping experience situated on the famous Porsche Curves.

Formerly known as the Porsche Owners International Village, the Village on the Curves is situated at a spectacular vantage point on the the 8.5 mile Circuit de la Sarthe - famed for its legendary 24-hour race which dates back to 1923.

The cars enter the Porsche Curves in fifth gear, which is a fast but narrow complex of sweeping bends at the very end of the lap with little run-off, making it one of the best places to watch the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Open from Wednesday 13 June, the Village on the Curves is a well-known meeting and camping site for owners of Porsches: one of the most recognised premium sports car manufacturers in the world, which Pirelli supplies with original equipment.

Pirelli recently launched a new homologation of P Zero road tyre created specifically for the latest incarnation of the iconic Porsche 911, with different compounds front and rear to maximise the car’s rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

“We are delighted to continue our relationship with the Le Mans 24 Hours,” said Dominic Sandivasci, Pirelli UK managing director.

“Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the Le Mans 24 Hours is the world’s oldest endurance sports car race and features some of the best drivers in the top echelons of motorsport.

“As a leading tyre supplier in the motorsport industry, we felt it was important as a company to continue supporting one of the most important events in the annual motorsport calendar.”

Pirelli won the Le Mans 24 Hours back in 1954, with Maurice Trintignant and Jose Froilan Gonzalez in a Ferrari 375 MM.