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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.

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Sixty-two entries for last Le Mans to star hybrid LMP1 prototypes

Le Mans organiser ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has listed the 62 entries that have been invited to take part in the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 13-14. More than 50 cars will contest the race on Michelin rubber. The French firm is targeting its 23rd straight win in La Sarthe and its 29th in total. Hybrid LMP1 prototypes will appear for the last time.

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Invited entries for Le Mans 2019

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published a list of the 60 entries that have been invited to contest the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours, final round of the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (June 15-16). Michelin is targeting its 28th Le Mans victory.

After releasing an initial list of the 42 guaranteed entries which earned their place on the thanks to the results they achieved in 2018, the ACO has now published the names of the other 18 slots that remained to be filled.

There are no surprises in LMP1, since all eight prototypes had been confirmed previously. Toyota Gazoo Racing will seek to defend its 2019 victory with a pair of Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids in the hands of the same six drivers as 2018. Rebellion Racing and SMP Racing will each run two petrol prototypes, and ByKolles Racing Team and DragonSpeed will have a car each, all of which will race on Michelin tyres.

In LMP2, the 2018 Le Mans-winning Alpine A470-Gibson is back, this time with the make’s longstanding tyre partner Michelin. The 17 LMP2 prototypes include the N°23 Ligier JSP2 (Panis-Barthez Compétition), N°48 Oreca07 (IDEC Sport) and N°22 Ligier JSP2 (United Autosports).

There are 17 cars on the list in LM GTE Pro, too. Porsche and Michelin will be joining forces again in a bid to repeat their success of 2018 with four Porsche 911 RSRs. Ford will run four cars, as well, while AF Corse, BMW Team MTEK, Corvette Racing and Aston Martin Racing will be represented by two cars. USA-based Risi Competizione returns with a single Ferrari 488 GTE. All the LM GTE Pro cars will run Michelin tyres.

The biggest single class is LM GTE Am with 18 cars, most of which already figured on the earlier list. The three additions include a second Spirit of Race-tended Ferrari/Michelin and a similar Kessel Racing car with an all-lady driver line-up. The total field consequently features nine Ferrari 488 GTEs, six Porsche 911 RSRs, two Aston Martin Vantages and a Ford GT.

Michelin is this year targeting its 28th Le Mans victory, and its 22nd in a row since 1998.

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Michelin on the virtual racing front

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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

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Da Costa (DS Techeetah/Michelin) takes Marrakech laurels

Antonio Felix Da Costa steered his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped DS E-Tense FE20 to victory in Marrakesh, home of Round 5 of the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Morocco, Africa’s number one nation in terms of renewable energy, has hosted Formula E action every year since 2016.

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