FIA WEC

Second Spa success for the N°8 Toyota/Michelin!

The N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin (Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso) overcame atrocious weather to secure its second straight victory at Spa-Francorchamps. The six-hour race was interrupted on several occasions due to hailstones and even snow. The other podium finishers were the N°3 Rebellion/Michelin N°3 (Berthon/Laurent/Menezes) and the N°11 BR1-AER/Michelin (Aleshin/Petrov/Vandoorne). In addition to securing the top prize in LMP2 with Dragonspeed’s N°31 Oreca-Gibson (Maldonado/Gonzalez/Davidson), Michelin also topped the LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am classes with the N°97 Aston Martin (Martin/Lynn) and N°77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche (Ried/Pera/Campbell). Porsche and the N°92 crew Christensen/Estre are the 2018/2019 FIA WEC GT Manufacturers and Drivers champions with Michelin.

FIA WEC

FIA WEC - 6 Hours of Spa - Racecard

All you ever wanted to know about the 6 Hours of Spa, penultimate of the 2018/2019 World Endurance Championship (WEC) Super Season.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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Michelin to prepare for 2019/2020 FIA WEC in Spain

With the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship due to kick off at Silverstone, England, on September 1, Michelin and its partners will prepare for the upcoming campaign on July 23-24 at Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) where the French firm will put its latest Pilot Sport Endurance range through its paces.

A little more than a month after the 2018/2019 WEC concluded at Le Mans, the championship’s players will reconvene on July 23-24 in Barcelona where the FIA WEC Prologue is being held for the very first time.

“After scoring our 28th victory at Le Mans and winning all four classes there for the first time since 2010, we are looking forward to the beginning of the 2019/2020 championship,” says Pierre Alves, the new manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing programmes.

“The Prologue will give us a chance to evaluate the new tyres we have prepared for the coming season after racing the same products from May 2018 until this year’s Le Mans, in compliance with the FIA WEC regulations. The latest-generation Pilot Sport Endurance tyres we have developed for our LMP1, LMP2 and LM GTE partners were designed to provide them with even longer-lasting high performance at all the circuits visited by the 2019/2020 championship.

“Our latest LMP1 solutions notably seek to finetune the front/rear balance, especially in the case of the non-hybrid cars, while our work in LMP2 has focused chiefly on new constructions and compounds to deliver enhanced grip and consistency. In LM GTE, our engineers have worked on new casings to improve the cars’ balance, as well as on new compounds to improve consistency of our tyres and widen the operating window of the different options.

“Barcelona is particularly hard on tyres and the weather is likely to be very hot at this time of year. It has never featured in the championship either, so we will have no benchmark data to compare with. We are therefore extremely keen to see how our new Pilot Sport Endurance range performs there.”

A field of 31 cars is expected to attend the test, including six Michelin-equipped LMP1 prototypes: two Toyota TS050 Hybrids, two Rebellion R13s and two LNT-run Ginettas.

Five LM GTE Pro cars are listed to take part, namely a brace of new Porsche 911 RSRs, two Ferrari 488 GTE Evos and an Aston Martin Vantage AMR which all four of the British team’s factory drivers will share. Here again, these cars will all lap on Michelin tyres.

All the teams down to contest the 2019/2020 FIA WEC in the LMP2 and LM GTE Am classes will be in Barcelona, too. The LMP2 list includes the two-time title-winning N°36 Alpine/Michelin, while the 11 LM GTE Am cars will be on Michelin rubber.

The FIA WEC Prologue takes place in the wake of Round 4 of the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup and of the 4 Hours of Barcelona, Round 3 of the 2019 European Le Mans Series (July 19-20).

FIA Formula E

Vergne scores second straight Formula E crown!

DS Techeetah/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the 2019 New York City E-Prix as the first driver in Formula E history to claim the title twice. The Frenchman successfully defended his 2017/2018 crown after the weekend’s doubleheader meeting in New York City, USA, which produced wins for Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin). DS Techeetah/Michelin is Season 5’s Teams’ champion.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez in control at the Sachsenring

Since the start of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has failed to go two consecutive races without winning. This weekend, true to form, the Spaniard bounced back from his Netherlands defeat to score an assertive victory at Germany’s Sachsenring where he was joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland - Racecard

All you need to know about the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, 9th round of the MotoGP championshipClic on the photo to download the racecard.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Viñales and Yamaha hit top form at Assen

The Motul TT Assen –round eight of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales, ahead of Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT). Every one of the six Michelin tyre specifications available for the race was used, with three different specs making it onto the podium to provide a further illustration of the French products’ performance and versatility.

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