FIA WEC

Toyota/Michelin claim 1st and 2nd places in Bahrain

Toyota Gazoo Racing dominated the last FIA WEC race of the year to collect first and second places in Bahrain with the N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) and N°8 (Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley) Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids. The French tyre firm topped the order in the other three classes, too, with the N°22 United Autosports Oreca-Gibson (LMP2), N°95 Aston Martin (LMGTE Pro) and N°57 Porsche (LMGTE Am).

FIA WEC

Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

FIA WEC

Grand-slam glory for Michelin in Texas

The Lone Star Le Mans (Round 5 of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship) at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, was won by the Michelin Pilot Sport Endurance-equipped Rebellion R13 of Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato. Michelin cars also topped the order in LMP2 (N°22 Oreca07-Gibson), LMGTE Pro (N°95 Aston Martin) and LMGTE Am (N°90 Aston Martin).

Michelin’s ‘long-lasting performance’ slogan can be read in two ways, and it was 20 years ago that the French firm’s successful record in American endurance racing kicked off when a Michelin-equipped Chrysler Viper (GT) made history by beating all the prototypes to win the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000.

Two decades and countless victories and titles later in the USA, Michelin began 2020 with another win at Daytona as part of its IMSA WeatherTech Championship programme, this time in association with Cadillac.

Its American Dream continued last weekend with victory at the Circuit of the Americas before the 2019/2020 FIA WEC moves on to Florida for March’s eagerly-awaited Super Sebring meeting which will feature both WEC and IMSA action!

Getting back to last weekend, this year’s Lone Star Le Mans (aka 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas) was dominated by the N°1 Rebellion/Michelin. Despite double-stinting their Michelin Pilot Sport Endurance tyres in a bid to save time during pit stops, the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids were too penalised by their so-called Success Handicap to pose any sort of threat.

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The Texan track is famous for being hard on tyres, but Michelin also topped the LMP2 class with United Autosport’s N°22 Oreca07-Gibson of Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Resta, ahead of two identical prototypes competing on rival tyres. Three other Michelin-equipped cars appeared in front in the course of the race, namely the N°29 Oreca (Racing Team Nederland), N°42 Oreca (Cool Racing) and N°36 Alpine.

As in Bahrain in December, the N°95 Aston Martin Vantage/Michelin (Sorensen/Thiim) took the LMGTE Pro spoils after posting a new class lap record in qualifying, as well as a new race lap record the following day. The N°92 Porsche/Michelin and N°51 Ferrari/Michelin ended up second and third, a lap back.

Aston Martin/Michelin went one better in LMGTE Am by monopolising the top two places with the N°90 (TF Sport, Yoluc/Eastwood/Adam) and N°98 (Dalla Lana/Turner/Gunn) Vantages after an entertaining fight between the two cars. The N°56 Porsche/Michelin dominated the race’s early stages but had to settle for third spot.

Next round: 1,000 Miles of Sebring, Florida, USA (March 20).

2020 Lone Star Le Mans – Final positions:

1. Senna/Menezes/Nato (Rebellion R13/Michelin), 189 laps

2. Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin), +51.524s

3. Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin), +1 lap

4. Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Resta (Oreca07-Gibson/Michelin), +7 laps (1st, LMP2)

5. Tung/Aubry/Stevens (Oreca07-Gibson), + 7 laps

6. Gonzalez/Da Costa/Davidson (Oreca07-Gibson), +8 laps

7. Lapierre/Borga/Coigny (Oreca07-Gibson/Michelin), +8 laps

8. Van Eerd/Van der Garde/De Vryes (Oreca07-Gibson/Michelin), +8 laps

9. Laurent/Nagrao/Ragues (Alpine A470/Michelin), +9 laps

10. Patterson/Yamashita/Fjordbach (Oreca07-Gibson/Michelin), +10 laps

Etc.

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Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.

FIA WRC

Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

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