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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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Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

The 62 entries invited to take part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, including the 53 cars racing on Michelin rubber, got their first chance of the year to lap the famous French track on Sunday, June 2. The day’s schedule was divided into two four-hour sessions and the sunny conditions produced track temperatures of up to 38°C.

The objective for Michelin’s technical staff was to find their marks and harvest data ahead of the big race by testing the various available compounds and comparing their performance and longevity, as well as evaluating a range of pressure-settings as a function of the different temperature windows, etc.

Between them, the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids of Michelin’s partner Toyota Gazoo Racing totalled 220 laps of the Circuit de la Sarthe, which is equivalent to almost 3,000km. The fastest lap was the work of Sébastien Buemi (N°8) who clocked 3m19.440s (average speed: 246kph) to better the effort of team-mate Mike Conway by 0.809s. Although about two seconds off the Japanese cars’ pace, the non-hybrid prototypes produced the highest top speeds of the day, with Stoffel Vandoorne (BR1-AER/Michelin) peaking at 350.1kph.

The best lap in LM GTE Pro was posted by Mike Rockenfeller (Corvette C7.R/Michelin, 3m54.001s) but the class’s 12 fastest cars were blanketed by less than a second! Meanwhile, the top five in LM GTE Am were all Michelin-equipped Ferrari 488s, with Toni Vilander (N°62) emerging as the driver to beat.

Three of Michelin’s LMP2 partners concluded the test in the category’s top five, just two-tenths short of the benchmark time.

Drivers will get their next chance to lap at Le Mans on Wednesday, June 12, when Free Practice and the first Qualifying session will take place.

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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.

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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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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