Pirelli stars gear up for a big month of motorsport

Two young drivers are gearing up for a big month of motorsport using Pirelli tyres.

Daniel McKenna, the Pirelli Star Driver for 2014, will be making his World Rally Championship debut on Wales Rally GB from November 13-16, while Alex Lynn can become GP3 Series champion when the series concludes in Abu Dhabi from November 21-23.

Irishman McKenna, who won the British championship title on Pirelli tyres, will take on the world’s best in his Citroen DS3 R3T and will be a contender for RC3 category honours. Lynn effectively needs a point at the Yas Marina Circuit to claim the GP3 spoils in his Pirelli-shod, Red Bull-backed Carlin entry.

Alex Lynn Q&A The Briton, poised to claim the Pirelli-backed GP3 Series at his first attempt, gives his thoughts on the final round at Abu Dhabi this month, and on being nominated for another sporting accolade.

After the penultimate round at Sochi, you’re close to winning the GP3 title… “I’m 47 points in front now with only 48 available in Abu Dhabi. We’ll be going there not really questioning that we’re going to win it. Our main focus will be on the teams’ championship – Carlin really deserve it and it would be lovely if they won it.”

And what do you think of the Yas Marina circuit? “I’ve never been to this track but I’ve watched it on TV. It looks quite cool and the venue looks stunning. It looks like it will be a different challenge and it’s always nice to go to these far-off venues for a race. It makes it more exciting.”

Finally, you’ve been nominated for a Sports Award by your local group of newspapers in Essex – how does that feel? “I was delighted to learn of my nomination. Myself and the Carlin team have worked hard this season in GP3 and it is great to have that effort recognised. Hopefully people will get voting and I look forward to hearing the results!”

Simpson flies on Belgian classic with Pirelli tyres British driver Neil Simpson has achieved his aim of a top-10 finish on the Rallye du Condroz-Huy in a Skoda Fabia Super 2000 running on Pirelli tyres.

Simpson and new co-driver Elliott Edmondson matched the pace of top Belgian Rally Championship regulars in front of 150,000 spectators, who had travelled to the Walloon region to watch the classic Tarmac rally.

The Skoda dealer, who had always wanted to compete on the event and finished 10th on his debut, said: “The aim was to finish in the top 10 and we’re delighted to have achieved that. It wasn’t an easy ride. The local drivers know the roads well and are very quick, and we didn’t have the right car set-up to begin with. But it’s great to have finally contested the rally after so many happy years going to watch the event with my father.”

Simpson has competed on a number of events this year in the United Kingdom and Europe, all with the support of Pirelli.

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