24H du Mans

First pole of Le Mans Hypercar era for Toyota/Michelin

A perfect lap during this evening’s Hyperpole shootout saw Kamui Kobayashi put Toyota and Michelin at the front of the grid for Saturday’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The N°7 GR010-Hybrid (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) claimed the team’s fifth pole in a row and the first of the new Hypercar era. The N°8 sister car was second, ahead of the N°36 Alpine and N°708 Glickenhaus. The five Hypercar prototypes were covered by just three seconds. Porsche/Michelin clinched both the LMGTE Pro and Am poles.

24H du Mans

Michelin’s new Hypercar-generation tires ready for Le Mans debut

Having triumphed at Le Mans with a variety of petrol, diesel and hybrid prototypes over the past 20 or so years, Michelin is poised to kick off a new era as the famous French circuit prepares to host the latest-generation Hypercars equipped with an all-new range of specific MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires.

24H du Mans

Toyota Hypercar takes Michelin’s Le Mans score to 24 wins in a row!

Michelin has extended its winning streak to a record-breaking 24 straight victories at Le Mans after Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José-Maria Lopez scored their first and Toyota Gazoo Racing’s fourth victory in the world-famous endurance race. The trio’s N°7 GR0101-Hybrid spearheaded an emphatic one-two finish for the Japanese make to celebrate the beginning of the exciting new Hypercar era in La Sarthe. Third-placed Alpine joined in the podium festivities, while newcomer Glickenhaus Racing completed the distance in fourth and fifth places. Michelin’s successful run in LMGTE continued, too, with AF Corse-tended Ferraris dominating both the Pro and Am classes.

The 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin claim its 24th victory on the trot, this time around with endurance racing’s new headlining Hypercars which were contesting the famous French race for the first time, equipped with MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires developed specifically for the discipline’s latest-generation prototypes.

“I am so proud of what everyone at Michelin Motorsport has achieved at Le Mans this year,” declared Pierre Alves, endurance racing program manager. “In less than a year, our engineers succeeded in developing new tires, virtually, that proved capable of running triple stints at first attempt at Le Mans. At the same time, our technicians provided our partners with an impeccable service in spite of the unsettled weather, while our fitters worked hard non-stop and our operation ran perfectly smoothly. To be leaving Le Mans with Michelin’s 24th consecutive win here is a tremendous reward for their collective effort.”

For the first time in the event’s history, the 89th Le Mans 24 Hours took place in the summer month of August, yet it began in the midst of a downpour. But that didn’t prevent the N°7 Toyota GR010-Hybrid of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez from leading practically from the rolling start all the way to the checkered flag, while the N°8 sister car pocketed second spot to earn a resounding one-two result for the Japanese squad.

The N°36 Alpine/Michelin and N°708 Glickenhaus/Michelin spent much of the race in a battle for the podium’s third step which concluded in the French team’s favor.

The fledgling Hypercars celebrated their maiden appearance at the 13.626-kilometer circuit by combining astonishing speed (qualifying lap: 3m23.900s / fastest race lap: 3m27.607s) with remarkable reliability. The five new prototypes entered for the world’s most punishing endurance race effectively monopolized the top five places at the finish, while all three of the available Michelin tire specs (slicks, intermediates, rain tires) got an opportunity to showcase their longevity, consistency and performance.

Both LMGTE fights were won by Michelin-equipped Ferrari 488 GTEs. In the Pro class, the N°51 car of Pier Guidi/Calado/Ledogar successfully warded off pressure from the N°63 Corvette/Michelin and N°92 and N°91 Porsches (delayed by unfavorable Safety Car ‘trains’), and the top Am prize was claimed by the N°83 Ferrari (Perrodo/Nielsen/Rovera), ahead of the N°33 Aston Martin and N°80 Ferrari.

Forty-eight of the 61 starters reached the finish.

2021 Le Mans 24 Hours – Final positions:

  1. Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (Toyota GR010 HYBRID/Michelin), 371 laps (5,055km)
  2. Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (Toyota GR010 HYBRID/Michelin), +2 laps
  3. Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxivière (Alpine A480-Gibson/Michelin), +4 laps
  4. Derani/Mailleux/Pla (Glickenhaus 007 LMH/Michelin), +4 laps
  5. Briscoe/Westbrook/Dumas (Glickenhaus 007 LMH/Michelin), +7 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.

FIA Formula E

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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