Michelin ready for DTM debut

More familiarly known simply as the DTM, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters resumes this weekend (June 18-20) at Monza, Italy, with a new-look formula featuring FIA GT3 cars competing on MICHELIN Pilot Sport GT M tires. This highly popular series has effectively chosen the French brand for the first time as sole supplier for such prestige carmakers as Audi, Mercedes, McLaren, BMW, Lamborghini and Ferrari.

Michelin’s FIA ERC involvement continues in 2021…

The 2021 FIA European Rally Championship (FIA ERC) kicks off this weekend with Orlen Rajd Polski-Rally Poland (June 18-20) which is based in Mikolajki, northeast Poland. Michelin’s colors will be defended by a number of leading teams and drivers who will compete on the firm’s Customer gravel tires, the development of which benefited from Michelin’s 350 wins in the sport at world level.

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.

 

The first long-haul meeting of the season took teams to Autodromo Miguel E. Abed in Puebla, southeast of Mexico City. The new venue provided the championship’s protagonists with an unprecedented combination of parts of an oval, a conventional infield and a long, banked left-hander which subjected the cars’ right-hand tires to unique constraints.

“This was unknown territory for us,” reports Jérôme Mondain, manager of Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E program. “Banked corners tend to be hard on the outer tires, so Puebla was a fresh challenge for the MICHELIN Pilot Sport, but it rose to it successfully.

“The circuit had an ageing, hard-wearing surface, while the banking and high track temperatures of up to 45°C made life even harder on tires. But the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV took all these difficulties in its stride to give the drivers the confidence they needed to provide an exciting show all the way to the checkered flag of both races.”

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Race 1 saw Audi claim its first Formula E win since 2019 with di Grassi, while the Brazilian’s team-mate Rast made it a one-two finish for the German make following the post-finish disqualification of Pascal Wehrlein’s Porsche 99X. TAG Heuer Porsche FE Team has appealed the decision, however.

Race 2 was won by Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara who shrugged off pressure from second-placed Wehrlein to go to the top of the championship’s provisional standings, aided by his third place the previous day. Like the previous day, the Porsche driver was handed a penalty after the flag (this time for a Fanboost infraction) that dropped him to fourth in the final classification, promoting Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing) to second spot instead.

The Formula E teams will now move on to New York, USA, for the season’s next two e-prix on July 10-11.

Final positions – Race 1:

  1. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), 28 laps
  2. René Rast (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +0.497s
  3. Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing), +2.774s
  4. Alexander Sims (Mahindra Racing), +10.443s
  5. Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), +11.473s

Etc.

 

Final positions – Race 2:

  1. Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing), 32 laps
  2. Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing), +4.169s
  3. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +6.912s
  4. Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Team), +7.296s
  5. Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), +9.986s

Etc.

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 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 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.

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.

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