FIA WEC

Toyota back on top with Michelin

After its defeat at the hands of Alpine at Sebring, Toyota bounced back to claim the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with the Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Kobayashi/Lopez/Conway. Unsettled weather saw Michelin’s partners sample the entire range of Pilot Sport tires ahead of mid-June’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

FIA WEC

Alpine and Michelin, 44 years on…

Practically 44 years after winning Le Mans together on June 11, 1978, Alpine and Michelin rekindled their successful relationship in world-class endurance racing by claiming Friday’s 1,000 Miles of Sebring, opening round of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship

FIA WEC

Alpine and Michelin victorious at Monza

Bouncing back from a challenging Le Mans 24 Hours, the Michelin-shod Alpine A480 shared by Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxivière and André Negrão returned to its winning ways at the 6 Hours of Monza today (July 10). The French outfit beat the two similarly-tired Toyota GR010 Hybrid entries to the top step of the podium. On its eagerly-anticipated return to endurance racing, Peugeot showcased its potential on Michelin rubber. The N°64 Michelin-equipped Corvette prevailed in LMGTE Pro, with the N°77 Michelin-tired Porsche taking top spot in LMGTE Am.

A month after Michelin’s 25th consecutive victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours, the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship campaign resumed at Italy’s legendary ‘Temple of Speed’ – Monza. The fourth round of the season marked Peugeot’s comeback to the discipline – ten years on from its last appearance – with the two 9X8 Hypercars running on Michelin tires.

Selected by the FIA to supply all cars in the headlining Hypercar class, Michelin duly provided products from its Pilot Sport range – developed specifically for international endurance racing’s new topflight – to six prototypes this weekend. As it has done since 2018, Michelin similarly equipped all the cars in the LMGTE Pro and Am categories which conversely permit competition between tire manufacturers.

The Glickenhaus 007-LMH dominated the opening half of the race after Romain Dumas had put the car on pole position. Following a drive-through penalty, however, a mechanical problem forced the American team out of the running. The subsequent three hours then produced a fierce battle between Toyota and Alpine, including a number of bold overtaking moves as the Hypercars weaved their way through slower traffic. With an hour to go, contact between the Alpine and N°7 Toyota delayed the latter, leaving the N°8 Toyota to pick up the baton...

Despite that omnipresent threat, by exploiting a double-stint strategy allowed by the consistency of its Michelin tires, the Alpine A480 went on to collect its second victory of the season after Sebring. The two new Peugeot 9X8 Hypercars demonstrated real potential during free practice and qualifying. They unfortunately ran into a variety of technical issues in the race, particularly with the N°93 in the early stages. The N°94 ultimately wound up 33rd.

Like Alpine, Corvette Racing suffered at Le Mans and, like Alpine, bounced back in style at Monza. Also running on Michelin tires, Ferrari held sway on home soil for the majority of the race, only for the Michelin-equipped N°64 Corvette C8.R of Nick Tandy/Tommy Milner to turn the tables almost within sight of the checkered flag.

It was a similar story in LMGTE Am where – for the first time in FIA WEC history – a female driver secured pole position, with Sarah Bovy setting the pace on Michelin tires in qualifying behind the wheel of the N°85 Ferrari. On imperious form, the Iron Dames line-up of Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting and Bovy led the way up until the final hour, when the N°77 Michelin-equipped Porsche of Christian Ried, Sebastian Priaulx and Harry Tincknell seized the advantage.

The series’ next race will be the 6 Hours of Fuji in Japan on September 11.

Final Result: 6 Hours of Monza

  1. Vaxivière/Lapierre/Negrão (Alpine A480/Michelin), 194 laps
  2. Buemi/Hartley/Hirakawa (Toyota GR010 Hybrid/Michelin), +2.762s
  3. Conway/López/Kobayashi (Toyota GR010 Hybrid/Michelin), +2 laps
  4. Andrade/Habsburg/Nato (Oreca07-Gibson), +6 laps
  5. González/da Costa/Stevens (Oreca07-Gibson), +6 laps

Etc.

FIA Formula E

Mortara (Venturi/Michelin) takes Marrakech win

Saturday’s Marrakech E-Prix was won by Edoardo Mortara after an assertive display that was aided by the consistency and longevity of his MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV tires. The Venturi/Michelin driver was joined on the podium by Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Mitch Evans (Jaguar/Michelin).

Michelin’s sustainable racing tire makes Goodwood appearance

After attending early-June’s Le Mans 24 Hours, Michelin’s new racing tire made from 53 percent sustainable materials was out again at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 23-26) on both the fuel-cell electric H24 prototype and the Porsche GT4 ePerformance which was making its maiden public airing.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: more Michelin records tumble as Bagnaia wins at Assen

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) returned to his winning ways with victory at the Motul TT Assen, Round 11 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship. Second and third were Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) who made it three different bikemakers and the same number of MICHELIN Power Slicks pairings on the podium. The French tires reveled in the weekend’s changeable conditions to establish new track-lap, race-lap and shortest-distance benchmarks for the Dutch venue.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Quartararo’s Germany tire gamble pays dividends!

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) claimed his second MotoGPTM victory in a row when the 2022 World Championship traveled to the Sachsenring for Round 10 – the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. The defending champion’s decision to run the medium MICHELIN Power Slick at the rear in spite of the hot weather paid off handsomely, helping him to finish five seconds clear of Johann Zarco (2nd, Prima Pramac Racing) and Jack Miller (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team).  

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