SUZUKA, Japan — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. is expanding its already extensive endurance racing footprint with its first motorsports engagement in Japan, an agreement to supply the Super Taikyu series featuring GT3-sanctioned sports cars.
Super Taikyu features a multi-class structure to accommodate a variety of car models, Pirelli said, including GT3-spec cars in the top category, ST-X, which is similar to the Blancpain GT Series in Europe that Pirelli also supplies.
The 2018 season comprises seven races, ranging in length from three to 24 hours. One race — a 10-hour enduro at Suzuka Raceway in August — also is part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, which Pirelli supplies.
The season starts March 31-April 1 at Suzuka Raceway. Thus far there are 57 teams entered in the 2018 season, Pirelli said.
Financial terms of the supply deal were not disclosed.