The MICHELIN Pilot Sport ready for the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife challenge

Michelin is looking to extend its score of 20 Nürburgring 24 Hours victories at this year’s running of the German classic around the circuit’s awesome Nordschleife on June 3-6. The entry features 125 cars and the leading GT3 runners (Porsche 911, Audi R8 LMS, Mercedes AMG, BMW M6, Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracan) will benefit from the long-lasting performance characteristics of Michelin’s endurance racing tire range.


All-Michelin podium at Spa as Hypercar prototypes dominate

The latest-generation MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires developed for endurance racing’s new Hypercar class were successful out of the box at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). The opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship was won by the N°8 Toyota GR010 HYBRID of Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley, ahead of the N°36 Alpine A480 (Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxivière) and N°7 Toyota (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez).


More Nürburgring glory for Porsche and Michelin!

The 49th running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours – which was shortened to just 10 hours due to fog – was won by the Michelin-equipped Porsche 911 GT3 R of Manthey Racing’s Estre/Cairoli/Kern/Christensen who earned the tire firm’s 21st victory in the notoriously punishing German classic since 1992.

Endurance races around the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife are rarely straightforward affairs. If the 25.378-kilometre, 70-turn loop wasn’t tough enough in itself, the challenge is more often than not heightened by the weather in Germany’s Eifel Mountains, whatever the time of year. And this time around was no exception, since a whole 14 hours of the race was truncated because of fog which shrouded the local forested hills from 9:30pm Saturday until 11:40am Sunday morning!

The surviving 10 hours were essentially marked by a delicate cocktail of wet, drying and dry conditions, but Michelin’s Pilot Sport range stepped up to the plate to collect the French manufacturer’s 21st win, along with an all-Michelin podium with three different carmakers – Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-AMG.


The winning N°911 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R of Estre/Cairoli/Kern/Christensen finished eight seconds clear of Rowe Racing’s N°98 BMW M6 (Van der Linde/de Philippi/Tomczyk/Wittman), while the N°7 Mercedes-AMG GT3 (GetSpeed Performance, Marciello/Schiller/Juncadella/Götz) was third.

“This year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours produced another incredible race,” reports Pierre Alves, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing programs. “We had good weather for the different practice sessions but ominous clouds gathered for Saturday afternoon’s start, when the majority of the cars were on slicks. Most of the circuit was dry, but there were some wet and therefore tricky portions.

“When the heavens opened a few hours into the race, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Full Wet enabled our partners to pull out big gaps over their rivals thanks to lap-time differences of up to 15 seconds! When action resumed after the long interruption, the track was still damp but our ‘cold weather’ slick did a magnificent job before our partners switched to medium slicks until the finish. All the different types of tire we had at the Nürburgring were used, across the full spectrum of conditions!”

The result was Porsche’s eighth Nürburgring 24 Hours victory on Michelin rubber and follows the brands’ joint successes in the two rounds contested so far in this season’s NLS endurance racing series which takes place exclusively at the German circuit.


MotoGP™: Oliveira and Michelin rewarded for polished Barcelona performance

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya (Round 7 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Miguel Oliveira. Aided by the grip and longevity of his MICHELIN Power Slicks, the Portuguese rider produced a confident and consistent run to beat Johann Zarco (2nd, Pramac Racing) and Jack Miller (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team). Fourth-placed Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) still tops the provisional standings. 


MotoGP™: Quartararo and Michelin in shining form at Mugello

The Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, round six of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), ahead of Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Joan Mir (ECSTAR Suzuki Team). The grip and consistency delivered by the MICHELIN Power Slick range helped Michelin contribute to the establishment of several new records for Mugello’s exacting track where four different bikemakers filled the top four places.  


MotoGP™: Miller conquers delicate French GP conditions

Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) collected his second win in a row as the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship moved on to Le Mans-Bugatti for round five, the SHARK Grand Prix de France. The Australian was chased over the line by local heroes Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). The weekend was marked by changeable weather but the MICHELIN Power Slick and Rain stepped up to deliver outstanding grip despite the tricky, chilly conditions.

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Da Costa and the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV co-reign in Monaco

Defending champion Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) steered his MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped all-electric single-seater to glory in the Principality of Monaco which, for the first time, hosted Formula E action around the long version of its famous circuit.

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