Grand-slam glory for Michelin in Texas

The Lone Star Le Mans (Round 5 of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship) at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, was won by the Michelin Pilot Sport Endurance-equipped Rebellion R13 of Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato. Michelin cars also topped the order in LMP2 (N°22 Oreca07-Gibson), LMGTE Pro (N°95 Aston Martin) and LMGTE Am (N°90 Aston Martin).


Toyota/Michelin claim 1st and 2nd places in Bahrain

Toyota Gazoo Racing dominated the last FIA WEC race of the year to collect first and second places in Bahrain with the N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) and N°8 (Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley) Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids. The French tyre firm topped the order in the other three classes, too, with the N°22 United Autosports Oreca-Gibson (LMP2), N°95 Aston Martin (LMGTE Pro) and N°57 Porsche (LMGTE Am).


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).

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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