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A shower of records for Michelin at Le Mans

Scoring a 23rd consecutive victory at September’s Le Mans 24 Hours wasn’t the only new benchmark Michelin established in La Sarthe this year…

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Toyota and Michelin score Le Mans hat trick!

The partnership between Michelin and Toyota Gazoo Racing delivered a third consecutive triumph at Le Mans this weekend with the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid crewed by Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Kazuki Nakajima. Thanks to the long-lasting performance of its Pilot Sport range, Michelin not only succeeded in completing a record-breaking quintuple stint with a Rebellion prototype on the same four tyres, but also achieved a grand-slam result at the great French race for the second year running, accompanying United Autosports to victory in LMP2 and Aston Martins to the top step of the podium in LMGTE Pro and Am. Michelin dedicates these successes to all the passionate and loyal endurance racing fans who were unfortunately unable to attend the 88th edition of this legendary race which was held behind closed doors for the first time due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

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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.

The severity of coronavirus epidemic has forced the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) to postpone the last round of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship until September 19-20. In a precedent, the 1968 Le Mans 24 Hours was held the same month owing to the wave of protests that rocked France in May that year.

The race produced a third straight win for the Ford GT40 (Rodriguez/Bianchi) which, for the first time, was sporting the iconic colours of Gulf. Having competed at Le Mans since 1951, Porsche was rewarded with its first-ever pole position in La Sarthe thanks to Jo Siffert (Porsche 908). The German make ended up second and third with the 907 of Steinemann/Spoerry and Neerpash/Stommelen’s 908.

One of the most prominently reported stories that year was the feat of Henri Pescarolo who stayed at the wheel of his Matra during the night despite suffering a windscreen-wiper failure in pouring rain.

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Meanwhile, Michelin arrived at Le Mans with a brand new range of radial tyres for the four Alpine A220s entered by Société des Automobiles Alpine and Ecurie Savin-Calberson. The hastily-completed cars were powered by a new Gordini-tuned three-litre V8.

Three of them failed to reach the finish following the retirements of Grandsire/Larrousse (Lap 59), Guichet/Jabouille (Lap 185) and Bianchi/Depailler (fire, Lap 257). However, the Alpine A220/Michelin of André de Cortanze/Jean Vinatier took the chequered flag in eighth place overall and third in the P3.0 class after covering 4,000 kilometres (297 laps).

The French car’s top-10 result was a fitting reward for the staff at Michelin Compétition who had put significant effort into developing its new radial slicks in time. The department’s resolve and innovative instincts paid further dividends a decade later when the company’s radial technology famously triumphed at Le Mans with Alpine in 1978!

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MotoGP™: Qatar glory for Viñales as Michelin plays part in three new records

Sunday’s Barwa Grand Prix of Qatar saw Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) claim the first win of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship, ahead of Johann Zarco (2nd, Pramac Racing) and Francesco Bagnaia (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team). The grip and consistency provided by the MICHELIN Power Slick made an active contribution to the excitement of the year’s opener which produced new track and race lap records, as well as a new top-speed benchmark.  

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New records for Michelin at Sebring

Michelin scooped the top prize at the 2021 12 Hours of Sebring (Florida, USA) which was won by the JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac-DPi-V.R of Frenchmen Loïc Duval, Tristan Vautier and Sébastien Bourdais. Sebring is one of motor racing’s toughest venues for tires and a great track therefore to prepare for the FIA World Endurance Championship which this year kicks off at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on May 1.

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Long-lasting performance in Asia too!

The Michelin Pilot Sport range of endurance racing tyres showcased its winning ability in the recent 2021 Asian Le Mans Series which was hosted by the United Arab Emirates. G-Drive Racing claimed the Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns to earn an invitation to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Michelin to support European Rally Championship youngsters

Michelin has joined forces with Eurosport Events , promoter of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), to organise the ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory for drivers aged under 28.

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