FIA WEC

The Michelin Pilot Sport range triumphs at the Nürburgring

Michelin and its partner BMW chalked up their 20th Nürburgring 24 Hours wins at the weekend thanks to the N°99 M6 GT3. The Sims/Catsburg/Yelloly car overcame horrendous weather in Germany’s Eifel Mountains to finish clear of eight other Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped GT3s.

FIA WEC

Toyota and Michelin finish 1st and 2nd at Spa-Francorchamps

The 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps saw the two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids come first and second in Belgium in the hands of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (N°7) and Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (N°8). Showery weather made getting tyre strategies spot-on particularly vital but also highlighted the quality of the range provided by Michelin for the return of FIA WEC action.

FIA WEC

Michelin targeting 20th Nürburgring win

Less than a week after claiming its 29th victory at Le Mans, Michelin will be looking to showcase the Performance-Made-To-Last qualities of the Michelin Pilot Sport range of tyres yet again when the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours gets under way at Germany’s infamous Nordschleife on Saturday.

The 25.9-kilometre Nordschleife, which nestles in the middle of Germany’s Eifel Mountains, is this weekend hosting the 48th running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours which starts at 3pm CEST on Saturday.

“As a race, the Nürburgring 24 Hours is unique, with factory-run GT3s competing alongside much smaller cars, like the Renault Clio and Volkswagen Polo,” says Pierre Alves, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing programmes.

“The track is familiarly known as the Green Hell and probably the most demanding venue anywhere in the world due to its mix of sweeping corners, tight turns, long straights, features like the banked Karrusel, hills and part of the grand prix circuit which offers less grip.

“It’s a hard test for tyres, if only because of the big compressions, and there are even a number of crests where the GT3 cars leave the ground. On top of that, the weather is notoriously changeable in the Eifel Mountains and the sheer length of the track can make tyre choices difficult because it can be raining heavily in one place and completely dry in another. It can also be quite chilly at this time of year.”

Of the 2020 race’s 97 entries, Michelin is working with the majority of the 31 works and semi-works GT3 cars in the premier SP9 class, including Audi R8 LMSs, Mercedes-AMG GT3s, Lamborghini Huracans, Ferrari 488 GT3s, Porsche 911 GT3s and BMW M6 GT3s… These are partners that Michelin equips all-season long in the Nürburgring Endurance Series which takes places exclusively at the German track.

“Our SP9 partners will be able to choose between medium cold weather, medium and medium warm weather Michelin Pilot Sport slicks, along with a full wet and a wet for drying conditions.”

Michelin runners have won the last two Nürburgring 24 Hours and the French firm is this year chasing a 20th victory.

It also holds numerous records for the Nordschleife which is frequently used by car manufacturers to reveal the performance of their models. In 2018, the Porsche 919 Hybrid established a new outright lap record (5m19.546s) on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres in the hands of Timo Bernhard, while a Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2-equipped Porsche Panamera clocked a new Executive Cars record (7m29.81s) as recently last month.

MOTOGP™

Torres takes advantage of the superior performance of the current, more environmentally-respectful MICHELIN Power Slick MotoE range to claim the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup

Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) laid the foundations for his 2020 MotoE™ title by winning the first of the two races at the weekend’s SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France. The season’s final clash was won by Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Petrucci wins at Le Mans aided by the exceptional grip delivered by his MICHELIN Power Rain tyres

The 2020 SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France – Round 10 of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, ahead of Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory). The outstanding grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Rain as heavy rain swept over Le Mans-Bugatti was acclaimed by all the teams. Three different makes featured on the podium, while Frenchman Fabio Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings.  

FIA WRC

1-2 glory for Hyundai/Michelin in Sardinia

Spain’s Dani Sordo collected his second straight Rally Italia Sardegna victory, heading home fellow Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin runner Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France - Raceguide

Michelin is in its homeland as Le Mans plays host to the next round of MotoGP™ and the final rounds of MotoE™ at the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France.Clic on the photo to download our raceguide

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