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Le Mans 24: ‘365 Days’ N°1… Jérôme Mondain (Michelin)

It is commonly said that preparations for Le Mans begin the instant the chequered flag comes down on the previous year’s race – 365 days. In reality, the exercise begins even before that. LeMansLive asked the top teams to describe the chief milestones of their build-up to this weekend’s clash. At Michelin, we asked the French firm’s endurance programme manager, Jérôme Mondain, as well as its technical advisors to Porsche, Audi and Toyota.

Allan McNish Insight 1: “A race of speed and strategy”

Allan McNish ended his endurance career with a third Le Mans success last June. This year, he has agreed to provide LeMansLive with an exclusive column to share his unique insight with our visitors. As a former Le Mans winner with Audi and Porsche, and an ex-F1 racer with Toyota, he is ideally qualified for the mission! Today he talks about his new role and previews the 2014 race…

Nürburgring 24: triumph for Audi/Michelin!

This year’s rain-free Nürburgring 24 Hours was won in style, if not emphatically by the N°4 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra of Haase/Mamerow/Rast/Winkelhock which established a new distance record for the German race. In front of 205,000 spectators, the winning car was joined on the all-Michelin podium by the N°1 and N°22 Mercedes.

24H Nürburgring, H+18 : Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW

Three-quarters of the way into the race, the N°4 Audi R8 LMS ultra/Michelin of Haase/Mamerow/Rast/Winkelhock continues to set the pace in the 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours. With 118 laps completed, the Phoenix Racing quartet cannot afford to relax, however, since the top three are on the same lap after 2,994km of racing!

Nürburgring 24: the night takes its toll

The 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours has lost some its early pace-setters through a variety of incidents, and this steady attrition has promoted the N°20 BMW Z4 GT3 of Klingman/Baumann/Hürtgen/Tomczyk to the top of the order with half of the distance completed. The N°4 Audi and N°1 Mercedes (+26s and +55s) were second and third respectively at 4am. The two Marc VDS BMWs and the N°14 Mercedes have suffered damage.

Nürburgring 24 (H+2): Mercedes leads but McLaren strong

The 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours is provisionally led by the N°14 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 of Al Faisal Abdulaziz/Haupt/Christodoulou/Buurman after 12 laps. However, most of the front-running so far has been done by the N°66 McLaren MP4 12C GT3 which has made one extra pit stop compared to its rivals. After a sequence of early incidents, the German race has settled into something of a rhythm with two hours completed.

Nürburgring 24: around 100 cars on Michelin rubber

Michelin is supplying around 100 cars at the Nürburgring this weekend, including 17 entered by the French firm’s official partners Audi, Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz which are using so-called ‘confidential’ tyres.

Nürburgring 24: few changes after Qualifying 2

The second qualifying session of the week has confirmed which 30 cars will take part in this afternoon’s ‘Top-30-Qualifying’ shootout (40 minutes). Today’s fastest lap (8m24.023s) was posted by the N°10 Audi but the final top-four remained unchanged compared with Thursday night.

Nürburgring 24 Hours: welcome to hell!

The Nordschleife, familiarly known as The Green Hell, is this weekend hosting the 42nd running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The paddock is already packed with teams and the campsites are almost full. It promises to be a bumper year!

ERC: Ypres’ 50th!

Round six of the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship is the Geko Rally Ypres which is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary edition. There’s an even more compact format and another strong entry, including five past winners.

WRC (Italy): 20th WRC win for Ogier (VW/Michelin)

The 2014 Rally Italia-Sardegna, round six of the FIA World Rally Championship, saw Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claim their 20th world class victory. They were joined on the podium by Mads Ostberg (Citroën, +1m21.3s) and Jari-Matti Latvala (VW, +1m32.8s), who led from SS5 to SS12.



FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP (WEC)Porsche and Michelin on the podium at SilverstoneThe LMP1-H class Porsche 919 Hybrid prototype impressed with third-place on its eagerly-anticipated debut at the 6 Hours of Silverstone. In the LMGTE Pro category, Porsche and Michelin ruled the roost with a one-two finish for the 911 RSR.

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