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).

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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).

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PORSCHE NEWSLETTER N°7

PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPERCUP

Three races in July

The schedule for competitors in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – a series run in partnership with Michelin for more than 20 years – was particularly busy in July with three rounds, at Silverstone, Hockenheim and the Hungaroring. Kuba Giermaziak remains at the top of the title standings.

The tricky climatic conditions during qualifying at Silverstone clearly suited Austria’s Clemens Schmid (Walter Lechner Racing Team), who put his car on pole position. The following day, despite finding himself under enormous pressure from the championship front-runners, the 23-year-old political sciences student duly converted that advantage into his breakthrough victory in the Mobil 1 Supercup, leading home Kuba Giermaziak in second and Earl Bamber in third. Porsche Junior driver Connor de Philippi wound up fourth in front of Michael Ammermüller, who posted the race’s fastest lap.

By stark contrast, the weather was very hot when the Mobil 1 Supercup protagonists pitched up at Hockenheim for round five of the season. Danish ace Nicki Thiim (Walter Lechner Racing Team) set the fastest qualifying lap this time ahead of Kévin Estre, with the top 17 Michelin-shod Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars all blanketed by just seven tenths-of-a-second! Invited to compete by Porsche AG, American actor Patrick Dempsey lined up one position from the back of the starting grid. Defending Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Champion Thiim went on to prevail the next day by defeating New Zealander Bamber and Frenchman Estre, making it four different winners from the first five races of the 2014 campaign. Dr. Shepherd from Grey’s Anatomy concluded proceedings placed 23rd: “I learnt a lot over the weekend, and the experience will help me in my endurance racing,” Dempsey reflected afterwards.

A week later again, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup contenders found themselves in Hungary to tackle the notoriously tight-and-twisty Hungaroring, the setting for the sixth showdown of the season. Around this winding circuit where he had tallied the very first triumph of his Supercup career last year, Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak claimed his second pole position of 2014 by seeing off the challenge of Fach Auto Tech rival Bamber. Just as at both Silverstone and Hockenheim, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car that began from the top spot on the grid then went on to win the race. Giermaziak’s third victory from six outings this year enabled him to strengthen his lead in the drivers’ standings. Thiim overhauled Bamber for second at the start, whilst 20-year-old Spaniard Alex Riberas successfully staved off an attack from Ammermüller to seal fourth place.

Heading into the summer break, Giermaziak (Verva Lechner Racing Team) leads the way with 96 points, pursued by Bamber on 87 and Ammermüller on 64. The next round on the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup calendar will take place on August 24 around the legendary Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.

 

EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES

A trio of top ten finishes for Porsche

The 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring in Austria might have been dominated by the Ferrari 458 Italias in the LMGTE and GTC classes, but the Porsche 911s were certainly not to be found wanting.

At GTC level, the Michelin-shod, Pro GT by Almeras Porsche 997 GT3 R crewed by Franck Perera, Matthieu Vaxivière and Henry Hassid wound up in sixth place at the end of the race, behind three Ferraris and a brace of McLarens. That position could have gone the way of a different Porsche – the ProSpeed Competition entry shared between Max Van Splunteren, Gilles Vannelet and Mike Parisy – but for a 30-second penalty incurred for exceeding permitted driving time by 15 minutes, relegating the car to an eventual eighth.

In the LMGTE category, the N°76 Michelin-equipped Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – fielded by Imsa-Performance-Matmut and driven by Raymond Narac, Nicolas Armindo and Christian Nielsen – failed to see the chequered flag for the first time in an incredible four years! The car was holding third position when it was involved in a collision on the race’s 107th lap. The N°86 Porsche Gulf Racing UK entry claimed ninth spot in LMGTE.

 

TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP

From Canada to Indianapolis

The new North American endurance racing championship took its competitors from Bowmanville to the iconic Indianapolis circuit, where the factory-entered, Michelin-supplied Porsche 911 RSRs shone.

Around the 3.96km-long Canadian track Mosport, the 2h45min race transpired to be a particularly lively affair. The N°911 Porsche 911 RSR (Nick Tandy / Richard Lietz) clinched fifth position in the GTLM class, with the sister N°912 entry (Patrick Long / Michael Christensen) placing eighth. Both Lietz and Christensen were making their debut around the short and rapid circuit. At GTD level, the Park Place Porsche 911 America piloted by Kévin Estre and Patrick Lindsey achieved second position, its best result of the season to-date.

Just under a fortnight later, the seventh round of the inaugural Tudor United SportsCar Championship took place at Indianapolis, a venue long immersed in motorsport legend. This fast track played to the strengths of the Michelin-shod Porsche 911 RSRs, fitted with the aero kit that had been developed by Porsche for the Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in co-operation with tyre partner Michelin. Long and Christensen (N°912) successfully annexed a podium finish after managing the early-race ‘caution’ periods to perfection. The Porsche N°911 shared by Lietz and Tandy, meanwhile, was forced out of the class lead by engine failure less than an hour from the chequered flag.

In the GTLM Manufacturers’ standings, Porsche sits second, a mere six points adrift of leader Chevrolet, whilst in the Teams’ table, the N°912 and N°911 entries occupy sixth and seventh positions respectively. The next TUSCC round will be held at Road America (Wisconsin, USA) at the beginning of August.

 

VLN CHAMPIONSHIP

Podium lock-out for Porsche and Michelin!

The fifth round of Germany’s VLN Championship was won by the Frikadelli Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R of Klaus Abbelen, Sabine Schmitz, Patrick Huisman and Frank Stippler. Two more Michelin-shod Porsche 911s rounded out the podium.

A fortnight on from a forgettable Nürburgring 24 Hours – where its car was forced into retirement as early as the formation lap – Frikadelli Racing redeemed itself in style by clinching its second victory of the 2014 VLN campaign around the fearsome Nordschleife. Having started the race at the very rear of the grid following a penalty in qualifying, Sabine Schmitz scythed her way through to the front of the field within just two laps. She handed over the wheel of the Frikadelli Racing Porsche to team-mate Frank Stippler, who continued to extend the car’s lead over its pursuers. Following 2h45min of racing, the N°30 Porsche duly took the chequered flag to seal its second success of the season, with the GetSpeed Performance Porsche 997 Cup (Adam Osieka / Christopher Mies / Steve Jans) winding up second and Teichmann Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry (Dominik Brinkmann / Felipe Laser / Markus Palttala) third. Porsche 911s monopolised the top five.

 

PORSCHE CARRERA CUP & CHALLENGE

From Australia to Japan

Steven Richards achieved his maiden success in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, whilst Tsubasa Kondo prevailed at Sugo in Japan.

Following a two-month hiatus, Australia’s Michelin-tyred Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars returned to the track for three races in Townsville. Steven Richards’ triumph in the second outing marked his breakthrough Carrera Cup victory following more than 20 starts – and he added to it with another in race three. The results earned the former V8 Supercar star the championship lead, tied on points with Warren Luff.

At Mugello in Italy, meanwhile, the opening race was won by Antonelli Motorsport’s Matteo Cairoli, with Alberto de Amicis lifting the race two laurels for Ghinzani Arco Motorsport. Cairoli leads the way in the title standings. In Japan, Tsubasa Kondo (Sky Racing) claimed his first victory of the season and backed it up with a runner-up finish at a sodden Sugo in the sixth and seventh rounds of the 2014 campaign. Kondo found himself embroiled in fierce battles with Naoya Yamano and Yuya Motojima, the latter winning race two by a scant 287 thousandths-of-a-second.

 

FEATURE

Porsche buys Kyalami

Porsche has bought at auction the legendary South African circuit Kyalami, which staged no fewer than 20 Formula 1 grands prix between 1967 and 1993, in addition to numerous endurance races.

Porsche South Africa has made the acquisition of the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, which had found itself in financial difficulty. Located close to Johannesburg, the track played host to some 20 F1 grands prix between 1967 and 1993. From Pedro Rodriguez to Alain Prost, the greatest drivers in the sport’s history prevailed around this very quick circuit, situated 1,500 metres above sea level – amongst them Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham, Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve and Nigel Mansell. After finding itself dropped from the calendar in 1986, Kyalami returned to the F1 schedule in 1992 for two final editions.

Kyalami has also welcomed many endurance races. The Kyalami 9 Hours and subsequently Kyalami 1,000km – which counted towards the World Sportscar Championship – took place between 1961 and 2000. The first edition was won by the Porsche 550 Spyder of Dawie Gous and John Love. Porsche triumphed again in 1969 with a 917 driven by David Piper and Richard Atwood, before achieving back-to-back successes in 1981 and 1982 with a Porsche 936 crewed respectively by Jochen Mass / Reinhold Joest and Jacky Ickx / Mass. In the World Sportscar Championship, finally, Stefan Bellof and Derek Bell piloted their Rothmans Porsche 956 to victory in 1983...

 

FEATURE

Porsche and Michelin at Pikes Peak

Factory Porsche driver Romain Dumas emerged victorious in the International Pikes Peak Hill Climb – one of the oldest motorsport events in the United States. Behind the wheel of a Michelin-shod Porsche 911, Vincent Beltoise similarly won his class.

Unlike fellow European manufacturers Audi and Peugeot, Porsche has never officially pitched itself directly against the Americans in the legendary ‘Race to the Clouds’, which has taken place in Colorado every year since 1916.

That said, Porsche has frequently shone in the event through private initiatives, such as that with Romain Dumas in 2012 in a Porsche 911 GT3 R fitted with Michelin tyres. The Frenchman missed out on glory by the narrowest of margins of just 17 thousandths-of-a-second!

This year, not long after the Le Mans 24 Hours in which he competed in the N°14 Porsche 919 Hybrid, Dumas gained his Pikes Peak revenge, covering the 20km of asphalt – which climbs as high as 4,300m above sea level – in a time of 9m05.801s behind the wheel of a Norma prototype.

Vincent Beltoise, meanwhile – entered in a Michelin-supplied Porsche 911 prepared by Dumas’ team – prevailed in the Time Attack class, winding up a second faster than a Porsche driven by America’s Jeff Zwart.

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.

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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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