FIA WEC

Grand-slam glory for Michelin in Texas

The Lone Star Le Mans (Round 5 of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship) at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, was won by the Michelin Pilot Sport Endurance-equipped Rebellion R13 of Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato. Michelin cars also topped the order in LMP2 (N°22 Oreca07-Gibson), LMGTE Pro (N°95 Aston Martin) and LMGTE Am (N°90 Aston Martin).

FIA WEC

Toyota/Michelin claim 1st and 2nd places in Bahrain

Toyota Gazoo Racing dominated the last FIA WEC race of the year to collect first and second places in Bahrain with the N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) and N°8 (Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley) Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids. The French tyre firm topped the order in the other three classes, too, with the N°22 United Autosports Oreca-Gibson (LMP2), N°95 Aston Martin (LMGTE Pro) and N°57 Porsche (LMGTE Am).

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.

In the wake of their success at Silverstone and Fuji, the two Toyotas were handicapped by around two seconds a lap for Shanghai by so-called ‘success ballast’. For the first time in FIA WEC history (created in 2012), pole position failed to go to a hybrid LMP1 car. Instead, the N°1 Rebellion R13/Michelin was fastest in qualifying, ahead of LNT/Michelin’s brace of internal combustion-engined prototypes.

Rebellion’s Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norma Nato overcame a poor getaway to produce a consistent race for the Swiss outfit which went on to collect its second victory in the championship, and its first on the racetrack, since its win at Silverstone in 2018 resulted from a disqualification. The Toyotas ended up more than a minute adrift, but ahead of the N°5 and N°6 Ginetta G60/Michelins which were delayed by several penalties. The day’s fastest race lap was the work of Robertson whose 1m48.428s in the N°6 Ginetta was more than a second quicker than the best efforts of the Japanese cars.

The LMGTE Pro class saw another thrilling fight between Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche. Victory went to the N°51 Ferrari 488 Evo/Michelin (Pier Guidi/Calado), chased by the N°92 and N°91 Porsche 911 RSR/Michelins which nudged Aston Martin off the podium. It was Ferrari’s first FIA WEC success at Shanghai.

The LMGTE Am fight was marked by a number of tangles and won by the N°90 TF Sport-run Vantage/Michelin N°90 of Yoluc/Eastwood/Adam. It was joined on the podium by the N°57 Porsche/Michelin and N°98 Vantage/Michelin.

The N°38 Jota Oreca Gonzalez/Da Costa/Davidson came out on top in the LMP2 fight, while China’s Jackie Chan Racing (N°37 Oreca) came second, ahead of United Autosport’s N°22 Oreca/Michelin (Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Resta). All three cars finished on the same lap.

Unlike last season’s race which took place in torrential rain, conditions were perfect this time around, with air and track temperatures of 21°C and 30°C respectively. Shanghai is one of the hardest venues of the season for tyres due to its abrasive surface and long, tight turns, but Michelin’s latest Pilot Sport Endurance range delivered the same winning performance and longevity they showcased at Silverstone and Fuji.

Next round: 8 Hours of Bahrain (December 14).

2019 4 Hours of Shanghai – final positions:

1. Senna/Menezes/Nato (Rebellion R13-Gibson/Michelin), 125 laps

2. Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin), +1m6.984s

3. Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin), +1 lap

4. King/Hanly/Orudhzev (Ginetta G60-AER/Michelin), +1 lap

5. Roberston/Simpson/Smith (Ginetta G60-AER/Michelin), +2 laps

6. Gonzalez/Da Costa/Davidson (Oreca07-Gibson), +4 laps

7. Tung/Aubry/Stevens (Oreca07-Gibson), +4 laps

8. Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Resta (Oreca07-Gibson/Michelin), +4 laps

9. Laurent/Negrao/Ragues (Alpine A470/Michelin), +5 laps

10. Van Eerd/Van der Garde/De Vryes (Oreca07-Gibson/Michelin), +5 laps

Etc.

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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.

24H du Mans

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.

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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