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

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.

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.

Heavy rain fell moments before the start of the 2020 6 Hours Spa-Francorchamps – which was run behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic – and the race’s first four hours took place in a mix of showers and brighter intervals that made tyre choice particularly complex.

An hour after lights-out, Mike Conway (Toyota 7) took advantage of his first refuelling stop to switch to Michelin Pilot Sport Endurance slicks, but Sébastien Buemi (Toyota 8) stayed out on wets before pitting a second time just laps afterwards to imitate his British team-mate.

The combination of this additional stop and electronics gremlins prevented the N°8 car from challenging for the win, leaving Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez to take the afternoon’s top prize. Despite qualifying on pole, the N°1 Rebellion/Michelin was unable to match the pace of the Japanese four-wheel drive prototypes in the rain but succeeded in joining them on the podium after posting the fastest race lap.

At the race’s midpoint, a fierce battle raged between the six LMGTE Pro cars which, between them, were running all of the different Michelin tyres available for Spa at this stage, namely wets (N°92 Porsche, N°97 Aston Martin and N°71 Ferrari), intermediates (N°95 Aston Martin) and slicks (N°91 Porsche and N°51 Ferrari)! The win ended up going to Christensen/Estre in the N°92 Porsche/Michelin which was followed over the line by the two Aston Martin Vantages.

In LMP2, the N°29 Oreca overcame the handicap of starting from the back of the grid to ease past the similar N°22 prototype and take the lead after the first round of pit stops when both cars stayed on the same set of rain tyres for a second stint. The latter part of the race, however, panned out in favour of the United Autosports car (N°22, Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Resta) which has now gone unbeaten since last December. The N°36 Alpine lost all chance of a top result due to a crash at Blanchimont. The LMP2 class allows open competition between tyre brands, but Michelin’s partners had a clear edge in the delicate conditions that marked the race’s early stages.

The LMGTE Am class was won by the N°83 Ferrari/Michelin (Perrodo/Collard/Nielsen) which rounded out Michelin’s grand slam day in Belgium where the firm’s partners topped all four classes, an encouraging sign ahead of the fast-approaching Le Mans 24 Hours on September 19-20.

6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps – Final positions:
1. Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin) (1st, LMP1), 143 laps
2. Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin), +34.170s
3. Senna/Menezes/Nato (Rebellion R13/Michelin), +1 lap
4. Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Resta (Oreca-Gibson/Michelin) (1st, LMP2), +3 laps
5. Lapierre/Borga/Coigny (Oreca-Gibson/Michelin), +4 laps
6. Van Eerd/Van der Garde/Van Uitert (Oreca-Gibson/Michelin), +4 laps
7. Gonzalez/Da Costa/Davidson (Oreca-Gibson), +4 laps
8. Patterson/Yamahshita/Fjordback (Oreca-Gibson/Michelin), +5 laps
9. Lacorte/Belicchi/Serragiotto (Dalla-Gibson/Michelin), +6 laps
10. Christensen/Estre (Porsche/Michelin (1st, LMGTE Pro), +7 laps
Etc.

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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