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Sixty-two entries for last Le Mans to star hybrid LMP1 prototypes

Le Mans organiser ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has listed the 62 entries that have been invited to take part in the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 13-14. More than 50 cars will contest the race on Michelin rubber. The French firm is targeting its 23rd straight win in La Sarthe and its 29th in total. Hybrid LMP1 prototypes will appear for the last time.

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Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.

The severity of coronavirus epidemic has forced the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) to postpone the last round of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship until September 19-20. In a precedent, the 1968 Le Mans 24 Hours was held the same month owing to the wave of protests that rocked France in May that year.

The race produced a third straight win for the Ford GT40 (Rodriguez/Bianchi) which, for the first time, was sporting the iconic colours of Gulf. Having competed at Le Mans since 1951, Porsche was rewarded with its first-ever pole position in La Sarthe thanks to Jo Siffert (Porsche 908). The German make ended up second and third with the 907 of Steinemann/Spoerry and Neerpash/Stommelen’s 908.

One of the most prominently reported stories that year was the feat of Henri Pescarolo who stayed at the wheel of his Matra during the night despite suffering a windscreen-wiper failure in pouring rain.

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Meanwhile, Michelin arrived at Le Mans with a brand new range of radial tyres for the four Alpine A220s entered by Société des Automobiles Alpine and Ecurie Savin-Calberson. The hastily-completed cars were powered by a new Gordini-tuned three-litre V8.

Three of them failed to reach the finish following the retirements of Grandsire/Larrousse (Lap 59), Guichet/Jabouille (Lap 185) and Bianchi/Depailler (fire, Lap 257). However, the Alpine A220/Michelin of André de Cortanze/Jean Vinatier took the chequered flag in eighth place overall and third in the P3.0 class after covering 4,000 kilometres (297 laps).

The French car’s top-10 result was a fitting reward for the staff at Michelin Compétition who had put significant effort into developing its new radial slicks in time. The department’s resolve and innovative instincts paid further dividends a decade later when the company’s radial technology famously triumphed at Le Mans with Alpine in 1978!

Michelin set to return to the FIM Endurance World Championship

Michelin is pleased to announce that it will be returning to the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) when racing resumes after the interruption forced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Its first outing will consequently be the 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans, France, at the end of August. Michelin plans to use its involvement in the FIM EWC to reaffirm its role as a leading player in motorcycle endurance racing which permits open competition between tyre brands.

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Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

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Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

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