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The tires Le Mans GTE winners trust

They may make fewer headlines than the front-running ‘Hypercar’ prototypes, but the LM GTE contenders have a habit of providing exceptionally thrilling battles at Le Mans. This year, Michelin has every chance of adding to its unique record in the class, simply because all the teams involved are competing on Pilot Sports. Yet the rules permit open competition between tire brands. So why do prestige carmakers like Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Ferrari and Porsche place their trust in the French firm for the world’s greatest endurance race?

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Toyota Hypercar takes Michelin’s Le Mans score to 24 wins in a row!

Michelin has extended its winning streak to a record-breaking 24 straight victories at Le Mans after Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José-Maria Lopez scored their first and Toyota Gazoo Racing’s fourth victory in the world-famous endurance race. The trio’s N°7 GR0101-Hybrid spearheaded an emphatic one-two finish for the Japanese make to celebrate the beginning of the exciting new Hypercar era in La Sarthe. Third-placed Alpine joined in the podium festivities, while newcomer Glickenhaus Racing completed the distance in fourth and fifth places. Michelin’s successful run in LMGTE continued, too, with AF Corse-tended Ferraris dominating both the Pro and Am classes.

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Michelin scores its 25th straight win at Le Mans!

The 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin score its 25th consecutive victory in the world’s most exacting endurance race, this time alongside the #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Buemi/Hartley/Hirakawa. Every year since 1998, the winners of the world’s most exacting endurance race have placed their faith in the French firm, benefiting from a quarter-century of success and innovation. The #91 Porsche 911 RSR of Bruni/Lietz/Makowiecki took advantage of the latest evolution of Michelin’s Pilot Sport range to top the LMGTE Pro order and establish a new distance-record for the class.

Toyota Gazoo Racing and Michelin converted their race-long domination of the 90th Le Mans 24 Hours into their fifth victory in a row together.

In spite of the weekend’s hot, summery weather, and track temperatures in excess of 50°C, the two Toyota GR010 Hybrids successfully triple stinted their MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires and spent much of the duration running nose-to-tail, comfortably clear of their pursuers. Shortly after sunrise Sunday, however, the #7 Hypercar lost valuable minutes in its pits to resolve an electrical problem. That gave Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa the breathing space they needed to ease the #8 sister prototype to the checkered flag in first position.

The #709 Glickenhaus (Briscoe/Westbrook/Mailleux) was third over the line to earn Michelin’s 23rd podium-lockout in La Sarthe, but the similar #708 car (4th) and the Alpine entry (23rd) were delayed by a variety of issues.

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Porsche took the top prize in LMGTE Pro for the third and final time , since this class is to be superseded by a replacement formula from 2023. Here again, the overnight order was shaken up after dawn when the then-leading #64 Corvette was the victim of an unfortunate high-speed collision that sent it crashing into the guardrails. The category was also topped by the #51 Ferrari (2nd), #92 Porsche (4th) and #63 Corvette (retired) at different times during the race.

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The unrelenting LMGTE Am battle opposing Porsche and Aston Martin ended up in favor of TF Sport’s #33 Vantage (Keating/Chaves/Sorensen), ahead of the #79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche.

Although the LMGTE Pro and Am classes both permit open competition between tire brands, all the teams involved since 2018 have chosen to work with Michelin. For the race’s 90th edition, the French firm developed an evolution of its Pilot Sport range which provided proof of its consistency and performance credentials by establishing a new distance-record for the category (350 laps, 4,769km).

The eagerly-awaited centenary running of the Le Mans 24 Hours is scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 10-11, 2023, when the field will be swelled with the exciting arrivals of Michelin partners Peugeot, Porsche, Ferrari, BMW and Cadillac in the race’s head-lining Hypercar class.

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MotoGP™: Quartararo and Michelin deliver devilish display in Catalonia

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) produced a masterclass performance to claim an assertive win at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Round 9 of 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship. Aided by the grip generated by his MICHELIN Power tires in spite of the hot weather that prevailed in the Barcelona region, the defending champion finished more than six seconds clear of Prima Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco.  

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A second covers Jakarta top-three!

The first-ever Jakarta E-Prix’s podium finishers Mitch Evans, Jean-Eric Vergne and Edoardo Mortara representing three different MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped constructors (Jaguar, DS and Venturi) were split by less than a second at the checkered flag in Indonesia!

Michelin wins the 2022 Nürburgring 24 Hours with Audi

Thirty years after its maiden victory in the German endurance racing classic, Michelin topped the order at the 50th edition of the Nürburgring 24 Hours with the N°15 Audi Sport Team Phoenix R8 LMS crewed by Robin Frijns, Dries Vanthoor, Frédéric Vervisch and Kelvin Van der Linde. The race permits open competition between tire manufacturers, but Michelin was chosen to equip no fewer than 73 of this year’s starters. It went on to monopolize the final top three, with GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG GT3s sharing the other two podium places. The closing stages were marked by unsettled weather but the MICHELIN Pilot Sport range provided yet more evidence of its versatility, consistency and efficiency around the venue’s infamous 25-kilometer Nordschleife, in front of 230,000 spectators! 

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MotoGP™: Bagnaia takes home win as Michelin’s range covers all the weekend’s conditions

The Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley (Round 8 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by home star Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), ahead of defending champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) came third to make it three different bikemakers on the podium, while two different tire combinations finished in the top-three to provide a further demonstration of the MICHELIN Power range’s exceptional versatility.  

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