The H24 prototype makes race debut in Italy with Michelin

The electric hydrogen-fueled H24 prototype took part in a race for the first time at Imola, Italy, on Saturday, May 14. Through its subsidiaries Symbio and Michelin, Groupe Michelin is a partner of this exciting project which seeks to see fuel-cell cars compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours on sustainable tires in the near future.

Michelin’s Asian and American travels

Shortly after the opening round of North America’s 2022 endurance racing campaign at Daytona in January, this year’s four-race Asian Le Mans Series took place in the United Arab Emirates. Michelin, a premium partner of the championship, helped Nielsen Racing, CD Sport and Inception Racing to harvest the season’s titles.

Michelin wins the 2022 Nürburgring 24 Hours with Audi

Thirty years after its maiden victory in the German endurance racing classic, Michelin topped the order at the 50th edition of the Nürburgring 24 Hours with the N°15 Audi Sport Team Phoenix R8 LMS crewed by Robin Frijns, Dries Vanthoor, Frédéric Vervisch and Kelvin Van der Linde. The race permits open competition between tire manufacturers, but Michelin was chosen to equip no fewer than 73 of this year’s starters. It went on to monopolize the final top three, with GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG GT3s sharing the other two podium places. The closing stages were marked by unsettled weather but the MICHELIN Pilot Sport range provided yet more evidence of its versatility, consistency and efficiency around the venue’s infamous 25-kilometer Nordschleife, in front of 230,000 spectators!

 

It was back in 1992 that Michelin secured its first-ever win around the Nordschleife, with BMW. Three decades and 21 victories on, it was the preferred tire partner of the majority of the teams entered for the German race’s 50th edition, including 25 cars representing Porsche, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Ferrari in the headlining SP9 class.

Ten years after its first success with Audi, in 2012, the French firm took the spoils with the German make once again, this time with the N°15 R8 LMS run by Audi Sport Team Phoenix for Vanthoor, Vervisch, Van der Linde and Frijns.

“We even monopolized the top eight places overall this year with four Audis and four Mercedes-AMGs,” reports Pierre Alves, manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing program.

Although much of the race took place in reasonably good weather, rain swept across the Eifel Mountains to liven things up and make tire selection even more complex with the finish in sight. Indeed, in the closing hours, the front-running cars could be seen lapping the 25.378-kilometer loop on a variety of choices, ranging from slicks, to ‘re-cut’ slicks and wets.

“Despite the challenging mix of conditions, our tires provided further proof of their versatility, performance and consistency to emerge on top again at the Nürburgring, while Michelin Motorsport’s fitters, technicians and engineers worked hard throughout to provide our partners with the best possible service,” adds Pierre Alves. “With one more 24-hour race behind us this year, our focus now turns of course to Le Mans which poses a very different sort of challenge!”

2022 ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring – Final positions:

  1. Van der Linde/Vanthoor/Vervisch/Frijns (Audi R8 LMS EvoII), 159 laps
  2. Christodoulou/Götz/Schiller (Mercedes-AMG GT3), +55.276s
  3. Engel/Gounon/Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG GT3), +4m5.519s
  4. Haase/Müller/Niederhauser/Rast (Audi R8 LMS EvoII), +5m12.864s
  5. Giermaziak/Schramm/Beretta (Audi R8 LM3 EvoII), +7m25.468s

Etc.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Bagnaia takes home win as Michelin’s range covers all the weekend’s conditions

The Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley (Round 8 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by home star Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), ahead of defending champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) came third to make it three different bikemakers on the podium, while two different tire combinations finished in the top-three to provide a further demonstration of the MICHELIN Power range’s exceptional versatility.  

FIA Formula E

Venturi and Mercedes take Berlin wins with Michelin

The weekend’s two Berlin E-Prix were won by Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) and Nyck de Vries (Mercedes EQ Formula E Team) respectively. Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Mercedes top the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ standings at the season’s mid-point.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Bastianini wins in France as Michelin helps more records to tumble

The Shark Grand Prix de France (Round 7 of the 2022 World Championship) saw Michelin’s MotoGPTM tires contribute to new track-lap, fastest race-lap and shortest race-duration records for Le Mans-Bugatti. In front of more than 110,000 spectators (another record!), Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing) reveled in the splendid weather to pick up his third victory of the year, ahead of Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing).  

FIA WEC

Toyota back on top with Michelin

After its defeat at the hands of Alpine at Sebring, Toyota bounced back to claim the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with the Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Kobayashi/Lopez/Conway. Unsettled weather saw Michelin’s partners sample the entire range of Pilot Sport tires ahead of mid-June’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

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