24H du Mans

A second straight 1-2 finish for Toyota/Michelin at Le Mans

Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed a second one-two finish at Le Mans to earn a 22nd consecutive win for its partner Michelin in the famous French endurance race. Victory ended up in the hands of the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, ahead of the N°7 sister car, while winning drivers Buemi, Nakajima and Alonso wrapped up the 2018/2019 FIA WEC title. The top-three was rounded out by the N°11 BR1/Michelin. Michelin topped the order in LMP2, too, with Alpine (Lapierre/Negrao/Thiriet), as well as in LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am with Ferrari (Pier Guidi/Calado/Serra) and Ford (Keating/Bleekemolen/Fraga) respectively. The 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours provided Michelin with the ideal opportunity to showcase the long-lasting performance credentials of its Pilot Sport Endurance tyres.

24H du Mans

2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

24H du Mans

Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

The 62 entries invited to take part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, including the 53 cars racing on Michelin rubber, got their first chance of the year to lap the famous French track on Sunday, June 2. The day’s schedule was divided into two four-hour sessions and the sunny conditions produced track temperatures of up to 38°C.

The objective for Michelin’s technical staff was to find their marks and harvest data ahead of the big race by testing the various available compounds and comparing their performance and longevity, as well as evaluating a range of pressure-settings as a function of the different temperature windows, etc.

Between them, the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids of Michelin’s partner Toyota Gazoo Racing totalled 220 laps of the Circuit de la Sarthe, which is equivalent to almost 3,000km. The fastest lap was the work of Sébastien Buemi (N°8) who clocked 3m19.440s (average speed: 246kph) to better the effort of team-mate Mike Conway by 0.809s. Although about two seconds off the Japanese cars’ pace, the non-hybrid prototypes produced the highest top speeds of the day, with Stoffel Vandoorne (BR1-AER/Michelin) peaking at 350.1kph.

The best lap in LM GTE Pro was posted by Mike Rockenfeller (Corvette C7.R/Michelin, 3m54.001s) but the class’s 12 fastest cars were blanketed by less than a second! Meanwhile, the top five in LM GTE Am were all Michelin-equipped Ferrari 488s, with Toni Vilander (N°62) emerging as the driver to beat.

Three of Michelin’s LMP2 partners concluded the test in the category’s top five, just two-tenths short of the benchmark time.

Drivers will get their next chance to lap at Le Mans on Wednesday, June 12, when Free Practice and the first Qualifying session will take place.

FIA WRC

Tänak wins in Wales

The 2019 Wales Rally GB – Round 12 of the FIA World Rally Championship – was won by Toyota/Michelin’s Ott Tänak, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). The all-new Michelin Latitude Cross S70 helped Kalle Rovanperä to claim the WRC2 Pro spoils and clinch the class’s title.

FIA WEC

Seventh heaven for Toyota/Michelin at Fuji

Seven is a lucky number in Japan. It is also the number of times Toyota/Michelin has won its home round – the 6 Hours of Fuji – since the FIA World Endurance Championship’s creation in 2012. This year’s victory went to the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley, chased by the N°7 sister car of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. Michelin came first in all four classes thanks to the N°29 Oreca07-Gibson in LMP2, and the N°95 and N°90 Aston Martins in LMGTE Pro and Am.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez claims victory and the 2019 title in Thailand

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) finished on top after a splendid scrap with Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) to collect his ninth win of the year and put the seal on his eighth world crown – his sixth at MotoGPTM level. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was third as Michelin tyres contributed to a grand slam of new records (fastest lap, fastest race lap, top speed and race duration) thanks to its MICHELIN Power Slick range which proved a perfect match for the challenge of Buriram.  

MotoGP™ - PTT Thailand Grand Prix - Racecard

Michelin Motorsport heads to Thailand and Buriram for the for the first of four flyaway races over the next five weeks.Click on the photo to get our racecard.

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