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.

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

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.

Kobayashi’s first flying lap for Toyota in Thursday evening’s Hyperpole shootout (a new Le Mans qualifying format introduced last year) sufficed to bag the Hypercar era’s first-ever pole position. As was the plan for these new-generation machines, his time of 3m23.900s for the 13.626-kilometer track was some six seconds slower than his record-breaking effort of 2017, but perhaps closer than many had been expecting to the Japanese make’s benchmark with the former LMP1 hybrid prototype!

At the wheel of the N°8 car, Brendon Hartley completed his quickest lap less than 3/10ths of a second short to ensure another all-Toyota/MICHELIN Pilot Sport front-row Le Mans start.

“We wanted to start the first Le Mans 24 Hours of the Hypercar era from pole position, and we have achieved that,” smiled Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Technical Director Pascal Vasselon after the session. “It was a strong lap by Kamui and the conditions perfectly matched the window of the tire-specification we chose.”

The other Hypercar contenders finished in the immediate slipstream of the Japanese cars, with the N°36 Alpine, and N°708 and N°709 Glickenhaus prototypes in third, fourth and fifth places, blanketed by a mere 1.4 seconds. The proximity of the five cars’ times points to a particularly interesting race this weekend as the famous French race opens a new chapter of its unique history.

Porsche/Michelin ruled the roost in both LMGTE classes, with Dries Vanthoor pocketing Pro’s top spot in the N°72 Hub Auto Racing 919 RSR-19 (Vanthoor/Parente/Martin), while the N°52 Ferrari/Michelin and N°64 Corvette/Michelin made it three different carmakers on the evening’s rostrum, split by barely 2/10ths of a second.

Meanwhile, Porsche/Michelin locked out the top-three places in the LMGTE Am order which was spearheaded by the N°88 Dempsey Proton Racing car of Andlauer/Bastien/Arnold.

The Hyperpole run was followed by the week’s final two hours of free practice and, in accordance with Le Mans tradition, the drivers will now have Friday free (except for their various PR and media commitments) to get in some welcome rest ahead of the weekend’s twice-around-the-clock classic which kicks off on Saturday afternoon at 4pm CEST.

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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