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

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).

FIA WEC

Toyota bags 1st and 2nd places at Silverstone with Michelin

Toyota Gazoo Racing kicked off Season 8 of the FIA World Endurance Championship with a resounding one-two finish at Silverstone. The four-hour race was won by the Michelin-equipped N°7 TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez, ahead of the N°8 sister hybrid prototype (Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley). There was one-two glory, too, for Porsche/Michelin in LMGTE Pro, an all-Michelin podium in LMP2 and a win for Ferrari/Michelin in LMGTE Am.

Toyota took revenge for its disqualification from the Silverstone results in 2018 with an emphatic win at opening round of the 2019/2020 FIA WEC.

After dominating qualifying, which saw Kamui Kobayashi clock a new lap record (1m35.992s), the Japanese prototypes went on to set a fast pace in the four-hour clash itself. In fact, the race lap records were bettered in all four classes in essentially dry conditions that saw the thermometer soar to beyond 30°C, although a brief shower during the first half forced drivers to pit for rain tyres.

Despite matching the Toyotas’ speed early on, the Michelin-equipped Rebellion R13s seemed destined to come third and fourth. But while the Swiss outfit’s N°3 car (Berthon/Derani/Duval) effectively managed to finish on the podium, the N°1 machine was forced to pit with a technical problem with 10 minutes remaining, handing fourth spot to the N°5 Ginetta/Michelin.

The afternoon’s top-five was rounded out by Cool Racing’s N°42 Oreca/Michelin (Lapierre/Borga) which celebrated its WEC debut with victory in LMP2. The splendid scrap for second place was settled on the last lap when Thomas Laurent (N°36 Alpine/Michelin) passed Frits Van Eerd in the class’s pole-winning N°29 Oreca/Michelin. Despite the arrival of a new tyre supplier, Michelin cars monopolised the LMP2 podium.

The French brand’s runners had shone in the same class in Saturday’s European Le Mans Series fixture which was won by the IDEC Sport Oreca07-Nissan (Lafargue/Chatin/Rojas).

In LMGTE Pro, Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin were all involved in the fight for victory which concluded with a one-two finish for the new Michelin-tyred Porsche 911 RSRs, led by the N°91 car of Bruni/Lietz, ahead of Christensen/Estre (N°92). Third was the N°97 Aston Martin/Michelin, while fourth place went to the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin which started from pole position but was handed a drive-through penalty.

Ferrari/Michelin emerged on top in LMGTE Am thanks to the N°83 car of Perrodo/Collard/Nielsen, ahead of the N°98 Aston Martin/Michelin and N°70 MR Racing-run Ferrari/Michelin. The N°56 Project 1 Porsche/Michelin and N°90 Aston Martin/Michelin also played front-running roles for much of the race.

Round 2 of the 2019/2020 FIA WEC will take teams to Japan for the 6 Hours of Fuji on October 6.

Final positions - 4 Hours of Silverstone:

1. Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin), 129 laps

2. Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin), +1.901s

3. Berthon/Derani/Duval (Rebellion R13-Gibson/Michelin), +1 lap

4. Robertson/Hanley/Orudzhev (Ginetta G60-AER/Michelin), +5 laps

5. Lapierre/Borga (Oreca07-Nissan/Michelin), +5 laps (1st, LMP2)

6. Laurent/Negrao/Ragues (Alpine A470/Michelin), +5 laps

7. Van Eerd/Van der Garde/Van Uitert (Oreca07-Nissan/Michelin), +5 laps

8. Tung/Aubry/Stevens (Oreca07-Nissan), +5 laps

9. Gonzalez/Da Costa (Oreca07-Nissan), +5 laps

10. Senna/Menezes/Nato (Rebellion R13-Gibson/Michelin), +6 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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