FIA WEC

FIA WEC world titles for Toyota and Ferrari in association with Michelin

While Toyota wrapped up the first-ever world title of the new Hypercar era in association with Michelin at Sakhir International Circuit at the end of October, the result of this weekend’s 8 Hours of Bahrain (Round 8 of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship) at the same venue saw MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped Ferrari 488 Evos clinch the LM GTE Pro and GTE Am crowns.

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A fourth endurance world title for Toyota and Michelin

Toyota’s one-two finish at last weekend’s 6 Hours of Bahrain allowed the Japanese carmaker to make sure of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship crown with one round remaining. Equipped with MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires developed specifically for the sport’s latest-generation prototypes, the Toyota GR010 Hybrid will go down as the first title-winning car of endurance racing’s Hypercar era.

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Monza glory for Toyota/Michelin

The 6 Hours of Monza – Round 3 of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped N°7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. The Italian fixture was the last race before this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on August 21-22.

After qualifying on pole position at Italy’s infamous Temple of Speed in the hands of Jose-Maria Lopez at an average speed of 217.5kph, the N°7 Toyota shared by the Argentine and his team-mates Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi went on to dominate the six-hour race and collect its first win of the season.

“The 6 Hours of Monza served as ideal preparation for Le Mans because the two high-speed circuits are not dissimilar,” reports Pierre Alves, manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing program. “We now have a lot more data in readiness for next month’s trip to Le Mans where, until now, our new Hypercar tires have only lapped on the simulator!

“At Monza, the Hypercars succeeded in double-stinting their MICHELIN Pilot Sports which lost none of their hallmark consistency as the track temperature soared to almost 50°C during the early part of the race. Toyota opted for our medium compound, whereas Alpine went for the ‘hot-weather softs’. We have also made good progress with Glickenhaus Racing who posted some promising lap times early on.”

The N°8 Toyota was delayed by a variety of mechanical issues, as were Glickenhaus’s N°708 and N°709 007 LMHs, although the latter succeeded in taking the fight to the N°36 Alpine before pitting with a third of the race remaining. As at Spa-Francorchamps and Portimao, the Michelin-shod Alpine of Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxivière came second.

There was a close scrap, too, between Ferrari and Porsche in the all-Michelin LMGTE Pro class which concluded in favor of the N°92 911 RSR of Kevin Estre and Neel Jani. The N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE had to settle for second spot, ahead of the N°91 Porsche and N°52 Ferrari.

The day’s LMGTE Am victor was the N°83 Ferrari/Michelin of Perrodo/Nielsen/Rovera which was joined on the Monza rostrum by the battling N°98 and N°777 Michelin-tired Aston Martin Vantages.

6 Hours of Monza – Final positions:

  1. Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (Toyota GR010 Hybrid/Michelin), 204 laps
  2. Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxivière (Alpine A480-Gibson/Michelin), +1m0.908s
  3. Hanson/Scherer/Albuquerque (Oreca07-Gibson), +4 laps
  4. Dumas/Mailleux/Westbrook (Glickenhaus 007 LMH/Michelin), + 4 laps
  5. Frijns/Habsburg/Milesi (Oreca07-Gibson), + 4 laps

Etc.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: emotional maiden MotoGPTM success for Bastianini in Qatar

Gresini Racing MotoGP’s Enea Bastianini converted his trust in his MICHELIN Power Slicks into a resounding victory at Round 1 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship in Qatar. The Italian dedicated his first win at this level to his team’s late founder Fausto Gresini. Brad Brinder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) made it three different bikemakers on the podium to provide early evidence of the versatility of Michelin’s 2022 range.  

Michelin’s Asian and American travels

Shortly after the opening round of North America’s 2022 endurance racing campaign at Daytona in January, this year’s four-race Asian Le Mans Series took place in the United Arab Emirates. Michelin, a premium partner of the championship, helped Nielsen Racing, CD Sport and Inception Racing to harvest the season’s titles.

FIA Formula E

Porsche takes Mexico win with Michelin

Michelin and its longstanding partner Porsche claimed an assertive one-two finish in the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix as Pascal Wehrlein scored his maiden ABB FIA Formula E World Championship success ahead of team-mate André Lotterer.

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Diriyah E-Prix: Mercedes and Michelin light up the Saudi sky

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV rose to the various challenges it faced in Diriyah, near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to help defending champ Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) and last season’s runner-up Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) to claim the first two rounds of the 2021/2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship.

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