FIA WEC

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).

FIA WEC

Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

FIA WEC

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).

The outcome of the last world-class endurance race of the year was pretty much settled by a tangle involving the two prototypes that had qualified on the front row for the 8 Hours of Bahrain – namely the N°1 Rebellion/Michelin and N°5 Ginetta/Michelin. The N°8 Toyota/Michelin also lost time due to the incident, which gave the N°7 sister prototype of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose-Maria Lopez sufficient breathing space to take a comfortable win after completing 257 laps (1,390km).

The result was also Michelin’s 62nd FIA WEC success since the championship’s creation in 2012 and yet another illustration of the performance and consistency of the Michelin Pilot Sport Endurance. In spite of Sakhir International Circuit’s notoriously abrasive track and the added difficulty of sand on the surface, the French tyre firm’s partners successfully double-stinted in all four classes, even during the early phase of the race.

The N°8 Toyota/Michelin was second past the chequered flag, ahead of the N°1 Rebellion/Michelin (Senna/Menezes/Nato) which recovered from its misfortune at the start but had to spend three laps in the pits to repair a mechanical problem.

The N°5 and N°6 Ginetta/Michelins both disappeared at around the halfway mark, leaving fourth overall and victory in LMP2 to the N°22 Oreca07-Gibson/Michelin of Hanson/Di Resta/Albuquerque. While the United Autosports prototype led its class from start to finish, there was an interesting scrap in its wake for the other podium places between the Jota and Jackie Chan DC Racing cars and the N°26 Aurus/Michelin which was racing on Michelin rubber for the very first time.

The closest fight of the day opposed the N°92 Porsche/Michelin, N°95 Aston Martin/Michelin and N°51 Ferrari/Michelin for the top prize in LMGTE Pro. Aided by an offset pitstop strategy and a faultless run, victory ended up in the hands of Aston Martin’s Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim. The N°92 and N°91 Porsche 911 RSR/Michelins were slowed by technical trouble halfway into the race, which allowed the N°71 Ferrari (Rigon/Molina) and N°97 Aston Martin (Lynn/Martin) to clinch second and third places.

The LMGTE Am victory went to the N°57 Project 1 Porsche/Michelin of Keating/Ten Woorde/Bleekemolen who deserved their success after qualifying on pole and completing a triple stint early on with its ‘amateur’ driver Ben Keating behind the wheel. The N°98 Aston Martin and N°86 Gulf Racing Porsche made it another all-Michelin top-three in the class.

After the end-of-year festivities, FIA WEC action will resume with the Lone Star Le Mans on February 22 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, USA, which has replaced the initially-planned 6 Hours of Sao Paulo.

8 Hours of Bahrain – final positions:

1. Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (Toyota TS050 Hybrid N°7), 257 laps

2. Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (Toyota TS050 Hybrid N°8), +1 lap

3. Senna/Menezes/Nato (Rebellion-Gibson R13 N°1), +3 laps

4. Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Rasta (Oreca07-Gibson N°22), +8 laps

5. Gonzalez/Da Costa/Davidson (Oreca07-Gibson N°38), +8 laps

6. Tung/Aubry/Stevens (Oreca07-Gibson N°37), +9 laps

7. Rusinov/Van Uitert/Vergne (Aurus-Gibson N°26), +9 laps

8. Laurent/Negrao/Ragues (Alpine A470 N°36), +9 laps

9. Van Eerd/Van der Garde/ De Vries (Oreca07-Gibson N°29), +10 laps

10. Lapierre/Borga/Coigny (Oreca07-Gibson N°42), +12 laps

Etc.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: back-to-back Jerez glory for Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) picked where he left off at Jerez, Spain, last week to collect his second win of the year at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía. The second round of the 2020 MotoGPTM saw Yamaha monopolise the podium thanks to Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi who came second and third. The grip and consistency of the MICHELIN Power Slick contributed to the establishment of a new lap record for the Spanish venue. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Quartararo’s big day in the Jerez sun

The Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana, opening round of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo celebrate his maiden topflight motorcycle racing victory after finishing clear of Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was third as Michelin’s tyres combined grip with consistency throughout the three-day meeting.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Gran Premio Red Bull de España - Raceguide

The Michelin MotoGP Team is thrilled to officially restart the 2020 MotoGP World Championship this week. After more than four months of waiting, our tyres and especially, our new rear MICHELIN Power Slick, are more than ready to set new records.Before the action gets started, download our raceguide.

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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