FIA WEC

The Michelin Pilot Sport range triumphs at the Nürburgring

Michelin and its partner BMW chalked up their 20th Nürburgring 24 Hours wins at the weekend thanks to the N°99 M6 GT3. The Sims/Catsburg/Yelloly car overcame horrendous weather in Germany’s Eifel Mountains to finish clear of eight other Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped GT3s.

FIA WEC

Michelin targeting 20th Nürburgring win

Less than a week after claiming its 29th victory at Le Mans, Michelin will be looking to showcase the Performance-Made-To-Last qualities of the Michelin Pilot Sport range of tyres yet again when the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours gets under way at Germany’s infamous Nordschleife on Saturday.

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.

MOTOGP™

Torres takes advantage of the superior performance of the current, more environmentally-respectful MICHELIN Power Slick MotoE range to claim the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup

Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) laid the foundations for his 2020 MotoE™ title by winning the first of the two races at the weekend’s SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France. The season’s final clash was won by Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Petrucci wins at Le Mans aided by the exceptional grip delivered by his MICHELIN Power Rain tyres

The 2020 SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France – Round 10 of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, ahead of Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory). The outstanding grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Rain as heavy rain swept over Le Mans-Bugatti was acclaimed by all the teams. Three different makes featured on the podium, while Frenchman Fabio Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings.  

FIA WRC

1-2 glory for Hyundai/Michelin in Sardinia

Spain’s Dani Sordo collected his second straight Rally Italia Sardegna victory, heading home fellow Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin runner Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France - Raceguide

Michelin is in its homeland as Le Mans plays host to the next round of MotoGP™ and the final rounds of MotoE™ at the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France.Clic on the photo to download our raceguide

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