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Snow, ice and frozen gravel for the debut of the Pirelli Sottozero Ice J1 in Finland

Pirelli’s Sottozero Ice J1 tyres face a wide variety of challenges in the new Arctic Rally Finland • Perfect retention of studs in the icy conditions • Ott Tänak leads from start to finish for Hyundai: excellent WRC debut for Oliver Solberg

•    Pirelli’s Sottozero Ice J1 tyres face a wide variety of challenges in the new Arctic Rally Finland

•    Perfect retention of studs in the icy conditions


n contrast to Monte-Carlo, there was just one type of tyre available in Finland: the Sottozero Ice J1A, with 384 tungsten-tipped studs locked into the tyre thanks to a patented vulcanisation process.

In total, the studs are 20 millimetres long, with seven millimetres protruding from the surface as per FIA regulations. These tyres are designed to work with ice and snow typical of Arctic Rally stages, by biting through the snowy surface and gripping into the ice underneath.

With all the stages around 20 kilometres or longer – unusual for a world championship rally – they all played an important role in the final result.

But the 22-kilometre rally-concluding Power Stage was particularly crucial as it was a repeat of the only other stage on Sunday, making it especially challenging with deeper ruts and more gravel, but also five extra championship points at stake.

TERENZIO TESTONI, PIRELLI RALLY ACTIVITY MANAGER

“There was a big variation in temperature from the pre-event test to the actual rally: from close to minus 20 around a week ago, conditions warmed up considerably to only just below zero. This meant we saw an equal variation in road conditions: from densely-packed ice, to snow mixed with gravel.

Conditions were very tricky for the tyres. What helped to make the difference when there was a lot of gravel was braking a bit earlier. We knew it was going to be a complicated fight and scored as many points as safely possible.”