FIA WEC

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.

FIA WEC

From virtual to reality

Michelin Motorsport, Clermont-Ferrand, France – February, 2020: On completion of the design phase, a digital version of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport for endurance racing’s new Hypercar class was produced for the purpose of simulator testing, ahead of the real thing’s manufacture and eventual sign-off a few months later.

FIA WEC

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.

The surface of the Sebring International Speedway, which is built on former airfield land, features a mix of asphalt and concrete slabs which make it exceptionally abrasive and bumpy. The 17-turn, 6.018-kilometre circuit (lapped 349 times by this year’s ‘12 Hours’ winners) is consequently a punishing test for the cars and their tires and the perfect location to prepare for the season’s other major endurance racing fixtures, like the Le Mans 24 Hours which this year takes place on August 21-22.

“On top of the long-lasting performance delivered by the Michelin Pilot Sport GT this weekend when nine new lap records and a new race-distance record [2,100km] were established, the key for Michelin is the satisfaction of our customers,” said Tony Ménard, Director of Motorsport for Michelin North America. “At Sebring, we worked with 18 automaker brands who place their confidence in Michelin for both their racing and road tires.”

The 69th 12 Hours of Sebring, second round of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech Championship, turned out to be particularly grueling, with numerous tangles and a long list of retirements. Even the winning entry dropped a lap following a collision, but the N°5 Cadillac-DPi fought back to beat the N°55 Mazda-DPi (Jarvis/Tincknell/Bomarito) and N°48 Cadillac (Johnson/Kobayashi/Pagenaud) by 1.435 and 1.641 seconds respectively.

Michelin celebrated its new partnership with the Porsche Carrera Cup North America at Sebring where the two wins went to talented youngsters Sebastian Priaulx and Kay Van Berlo in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup N3-equipped Porsche GT3 Cup 992s.

Porsche and Michelin also combined to dominate the 12 Hours of Sebring’s GTLM and GTD classes with the WeatherTech Racing 911 RSR of MacNeil/Jaminet/Campbell and Pffaf Motorsports 911 GT3 of Robichon/Vanthoor/Kern. The N°52 Oreca/Michelin (PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports) and N°54 Ligier/Michelin (Core Autosport) topped the LMP2 and LMP3 standings, while Chevrolet and Audi shone in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

Michelin’s 2021 endurance racing campaign has got away to a flawless start, with IMSA victories at Daytona and Sebring, plus wins at all four rounds of the Asian Le Mans Series. Its schedule continues with the FIA WEC Prologue test at Spa-Francorchamps on April 26 and the opening clash of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Belgian circuit on May 1 when the new generation of Hypercars will make their eagerly-awaited race debut equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Endurance tires.

FIA Formula E

Brits rule in London on Michelin rubber

The 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s London races were won by Britons Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing). The last appearance of the all-electric competition’s MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped cars this season will be the finale in Berlin, Germany, on August 14-15.

FIA Formula E

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV takes bite out of the Big Apple

The traction performance delivered by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV Formula E tire helped Germany’s Maximilian Günther (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) to claim the weekend’s two New York E-Prix at Brooklyn’s riverside circuit.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Quartararo wins as Michelin posts more records at Assen

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took his fourth win of the 2021 MotoGPTM campaign at Round 9, the Motul TT Assen. The championship leader finished clear of team-mate Maverick Viñales and the outgoing champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTA). The grip and consistency of the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to the establishment of new track-lap, fastest race-lap and race-duration records for the Dutch venue.  

ABB FIA Formula E: Audi and Venturi claim Puebla victories

Rounds 8 and 9 of the 2020/2021 FIA Formula E World Championship in Puebla, Mexico, were won respectively by Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) on MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV tires. 

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