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Michelin targeting 20th Nürburgring win

Less than a week after claiming its 29th victory at Le Mans, Michelin will be looking to showcase the Performance-Made-To-Last qualities of the Michelin Pilot Sport range of tyres yet again when the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours gets under way at Germany’s infamous Nordschleife on Saturday.

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Toyota and Michelin finish 1st and 2nd at Spa-Francorchamps

The 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps saw the two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids come first and second in Belgium in the hands of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (N°7) and Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (N°8). Showery weather made getting tyre strategies spot-on particularly vital but also highlighted the quality of the range provided by Michelin for the return of FIA WEC action.

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The Michelin Pilot Sport range triumphs at the Nürburgring

Michelin and its partner BMW chalked up their 20th Nürburgring 24 Hours wins at the weekend thanks to the N°99 M6 GT3. The Sims/Catsburg/Yelloly car overcame horrendous weather in Germany’s Eifel Mountains to finish clear of eight other Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped GT3s.

Following its postponement from May to a late-September slot due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours took place just a week after the Michelin Pilot Sport range provided yet another demonstration of its Performance-Made-To-Last credentials at Le Mans with victory in all four classes and several new longevity records to its name.

Two-thirds of the works and semi-works SP9-class cars contested the German endurance classic around the infamous 25.3km Nordschleife – familiarly known as the Green Hell – on Michelin rubber.

The conditions were bad enough for the organisers to interrupt the action for much of the night. When the flag was green, however, the Michelin Pilot Sport Full Wet and Drying Wet successfully delivered the grip and confidence the drivers needed to engage in some superb battles despite the pouring rain.

“Our rain tyres performed remarkably at the Nürburgring,” reported Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing programme manager after the race which permits open competition between tyre firms. “The three Michelin-equipped BMW M6 GT3s finished inside the top four and our partners BMW, Audi, Porsche and Mercedes-AMG monopolised the top nine places overall. The best-placed car that wasn’t on our tyres ended up more than a lap back

“Our partners could have double-stinted, but the long interruption to the race and the fact that pit stops had to last a given minimum time led them to change tyres every time they refuelled. It’s just a shame that the weather prevented us from seeing what our new range of Michelin Pilot Sport slicks might have been capable of in Germany.”

The Rowe Racing-run N°99 BMW took the chequered flag 15 seconds clear of the N°3 Audi/Michelin (Bortolotti/Haase/Winkelhock) to score 20th Nürburgring 24 Hours wins for both the German carmaker and Michelin.

The French tyre manufacturer on the race’s SPX class, too, with the new Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004C.

MOTOGP™

Torres takes advantage of the superior performance of the current, more environmentally-respectful MICHELIN Power Slick MotoE range to claim the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup

Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) laid the foundations for his 2020 MotoE™ title by winning the first of the two races at the weekend’s SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France. The season’s final clash was won by Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Petrucci wins at Le Mans aided by the exceptional grip delivered by his MICHELIN Power Rain tyres

The 2020 SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France – Round 10 of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, ahead of Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory). The outstanding grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Rain as heavy rain swept over Le Mans-Bugatti was acclaimed by all the teams. Three different makes featured on the podium, while Frenchman Fabio Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings.  

FIA WRC

1-2 glory for Hyundai/Michelin in Sardinia

Spain’s Dani Sordo collected his second straight Rally Italia Sardegna victory, heading home fellow Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin runner Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

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MotoGP™ - SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France - Raceguide

Michelin is in its homeland as Le Mans plays host to the next round of MotoGP™ and the final rounds of MotoE™ at the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France.Clic on the photo to download our raceguide

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