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2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

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Invited entries for Le Mans 2019

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published a list of the 60 entries that have been invited to contest the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours, final round of the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (June 15-16). Michelin is targeting its 28th Le Mans victory.

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Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

The 62 entries invited to take part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, including the 53 cars racing on Michelin rubber, got their first chance of the year to lap the famous French track on Sunday, June 2. The day’s schedule was divided into two four-hour sessions and the sunny conditions produced track temperatures of up to 38°C.

The objective for Michelin’s technical staff was to find their marks and harvest data ahead of the big race by testing the various available compounds and comparing their performance and longevity, as well as evaluating a range of pressure-settings as a function of the different temperature windows, etc.

Between them, the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids of Michelin’s partner Toyota Gazoo Racing totalled 220 laps of the Circuit de la Sarthe, which is equivalent to almost 3,000km. The fastest lap was the work of Sébastien Buemi (N°8) who clocked 3m19.440s (average speed: 246kph) to better the effort of team-mate Mike Conway by 0.809s. Although about two seconds off the Japanese cars’ pace, the non-hybrid prototypes produced the highest top speeds of the day, with Stoffel Vandoorne (BR1-AER/Michelin) peaking at 350.1kph.

The best lap in LM GTE Pro was posted by Mike Rockenfeller (Corvette C7.R/Michelin, 3m54.001s) but the class’s 12 fastest cars were blanketed by less than a second! Meanwhile, the top five in LM GTE Am were all Michelin-equipped Ferrari 488s, with Toni Vilander (N°62) emerging as the driver to beat.

Three of Michelin’s LMP2 partners concluded the test in the category’s top five, just two-tenths short of the benchmark time.

Drivers will get their next chance to lap at Le Mans on Wednesday, June 12, when Free Practice and the first Qualifying session will take place.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Danilo Petrucci earns maiden MotoGPTM victory at Mugello

Danilo Petrucci claimed the first premier-class win of his career at his home race on an Italian bike. The Ducati Team rider earned rapturous applause from the local fans when he was first across the line at Mugello, home of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s sixth round. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Petrucci’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. The performance of Michelin’s latest-generation MotoGPTM tyres contributed to the tumbling of several records.  

FIA WRC

Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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MotoGP™ - Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley - Racecard

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FIA WRC - Vodafone Rally de Portugal - Racecard

All you need to know abou the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, 7th round of World Rally Championship (WRC).Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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