FIA WEC

Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

FIA WEC

Rebellion/Michelin takes Shanghai win

The 4 Hours of Shanghai – Round 3 of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the N°1 Rebellion R13/Michelin of Senna/Menezes/Nato. Second and third were the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped Toyota Hybrids which were carrying ballast in keeping with the latest regulations. The LMGTE Pro and Am laurels went to Ferrari/Michelin and Aston Martin/Michelin respectively.

FIA WEC

Michelin to prepare for 2019/2020 FIA WEC in Spain

With the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship due to kick off at Silverstone, England, on September 1, Michelin and its partners will prepare for the upcoming campaign on July 23-24 at Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) where the French firm will put its latest Pilot Sport Endurance range through its paces.

A little more than a month after the 2018/2019 WEC concluded at Le Mans, the championship’s players will reconvene on July 23-24 in Barcelona where the FIA WEC Prologue is being held for the very first time.

“After scoring our 28th victory at Le Mans and winning all four classes there for the first time since 2010, we are looking forward to the beginning of the 2019/2020 championship,” says Pierre Alves, the new manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing programmes.

“The Prologue will give us a chance to evaluate the new tyres we have prepared for the coming season after racing the same products from May 2018 until this year’s Le Mans, in compliance with the FIA WEC regulations. The latest-generation Pilot Sport Endurance tyres we have developed for our LMP1, LMP2 and LM GTE partners were designed to provide them with even longer-lasting high performance at all the circuits visited by the 2019/2020 championship.

“Our latest LMP1 solutions notably seek to finetune the front/rear balance, especially in the case of the non-hybrid cars, while our work in LMP2 has focused chiefly on new constructions and compounds to deliver enhanced grip and consistency. In LM GTE, our engineers have worked on new casings to improve the cars’ balance, as well as on new compounds to improve consistency of our tyres and widen the operating window of the different options.

“Barcelona is particularly hard on tyres and the weather is likely to be very hot at this time of year. It has never featured in the championship either, so we will have no benchmark data to compare with. We are therefore extremely keen to see how our new Pilot Sport Endurance range performs there.”

A field of 31 cars is expected to attend the test, including six Michelin-equipped LMP1 prototypes: two Toyota TS050 Hybrids, two Rebellion R13s and two LNT-run Ginettas.

Five LM GTE Pro cars are listed to take part, namely a brace of new Porsche 911 RSRs, two Ferrari 488 GTE Evos and an Aston Martin Vantage AMR which all four of the British team’s factory drivers will share. Here again, these cars will all lap on Michelin tyres.

All the teams down to contest the 2019/2020 FIA WEC in the LMP2 and LM GTE Am classes will be in Barcelona, too. The LMP2 list includes the two-time title-winning N°36 Alpine/Michelin, while the 11 LM GTE Am cars will be on Michelin rubber.

The FIA WEC Prologue takes place in the wake of Round 4 of the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup and of the 4 Hours of Barcelona, Round 3 of the 2019 European Le Mans Series (July 19-20).

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Britons rule at 2019/2020 curtain raiser in Saudi Arabia

Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) took the two wins at the opening meeting of the 2019/2020 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Michelin has been the official tyre supplier to the FIA’s all-electric racing series since its creation in 2014.

FIA WRC

Citroën and Michelin: a winning combination in the WRC

Citroën has announced its intention to curtail its involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship. Together, the French car firm and Michelin have harvested five Manufacturers’ titles, four Drivers’ crowns, 58 world-class wins and 150 podium finishes.

MOTOGP™

MotoE: Ferrari claims inaugural Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup

Fifth place at the last round of the 2019 Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup sufficed for Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to become the new competition’s first champion. The weekend’s two races were won by pole-winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez wraps up 2019 with home success

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana was won by Spaniard Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) was second, while Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. All three riders chose the same tyre combination for the 19th and last round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship.  

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