24H du Mans

Porsche LMP Team hands Michelin its 20th straight Le Mans win!

The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin extend its uninterrupted winning record in La Sarthe to 20 outright victories since 1998. It was assisted in its quest by the dogged determination of the N°2 Porsche crew (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) who fought back from an early technical issue to scoop the coveted trophy with an hour to go. Along with the N°8 Toyota, which finished back in ninth spot, the German machine was one of only two LMP1-H prototypes to reach the flag after disaster struck the class’s other three factory entries. Michelin’s successful weekend was compounded by a one-two-three finish in LM GTE Am in association with Ferrari, plus a double podium in LM GTE Pro.

24H du Mans

The life of a Michelin tyre down racing’s most famous straight

The Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans is one of the longest straights in motorsport. This 5.5km run actually uses a main road that leads out of the French city to Tours and has been split into three parts by two chicanes since 1990. Tyres are subjected to considerable lateral, longitudinal and vertical forces along this celebrated portion of asphalt.

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2017: Michelin’s 20th Le Mans consecutive victory in numbers

Michelin won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 20th straight year and for the third year in a row in association with Porsche after posting the fastest ever lap of the French circuit with Toyota.

 

20...

Michelin scored its 20th straight Le Mans victory on June 18, 2017

 46...

The number of different drivers who have won Le Mans on Michelin rubber since 1923

251.88...

The average speed (in kph) of the N°7 Toyota/Michelin during Kobayashi’s pole-winning lap in qualifying

 56...

The position in which the 2017 Le Mans-winning Porsche/Michelin (N°2) re-joined the race after spending 1h5m in its garage early on

5,001.23

The total distance covered by the winning Porsche/Michelin (N°2)

166...

The number of laps the N°1 Porsche/Michelin spent in the lead

 27...

The number of ‘Slow Zone’ periods

10...

The number of sets of Michelin slicks used by the winning Porsche

 655

The distance (km) covered by a single set of Michelin tyres on the N°17 Ligier (48 laps)

340.2

The highest speed (in kph) reached during the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours (N°4 Enso CLM P1/01/Michelin)

241...

The number of laps spent by the LM GTE Am-winning N°84 Ferrari in first place in its class

10...

The number of different cars that topped the LM GTE Pro order at Le Mans this year

27...

The lowest track temperature (°C) recorded during the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours (highest track temperature: 39°C)

2,450...

The number of Michelin tyres used during race week and the official pre-race Test Day

1...

The number of sets of Michelin intermediate tyres used (formation lap, N°17 Ligier)!

13,000...

The number of Michelin caps handed out in the circuit’s spectator ‘Village’

900...

The number of meals served to Michelin staff during Le Mans week

6,138...

The number wheel rotations during the N°7 Toyota/Michelin’s record-breaking lap of Le Mans during qualifying

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Rossi returns to winning ways at Assen

Sunday’s Motul Assen TT, round eight of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Second and third were fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Prama Racing) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Assen’s ‘Cathedral of Speed’ for the Dutch GP

Assen is the only circuit to have been visited by the MotoGPTM World Championship every season since 1949. The Motul TT Assen is round eight of the 2017 calendar. 

FIA WEC

Le Mans 2017: Toyota/Michelin grabs history-making pole!

The final evening of Le Mans qualifying turned out to be a landmark occasion with drivers setting new qualifying records up and down the classes. Toyota/Michelin’s Kamui Kobayashi (N°7 TS050-Hybrid, Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin) stunned his rivals early on with a 3m14.791. That not only took the wind out of Porsche’s sails but also goes down as the fastest ever lap in Le Mans history. There were record performances, too, in LMP2 (N°26 Oreca), LM GTE Pro (N°97 Aston Martin) and LM GTE Am (N°50 Chevrolet/Michelin).

FIA Formula E

Berlin ePrix: Rosenqvist on form in Berlin

Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) left Berlin with the weekend’s highest points haul thanks to his victory in Saturday’s race. Sunday’s victor was the championship’s provisional leader Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams).

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