Michelin Tyres Monopolise DAKAR 2014 PodiumsA year after making its return to the world’s most popular and gruelling cross-country rally, MICHELIN dominated the 36th running of the celebrated DAKAR in no uncertain terms. Partners of the French firm claimed one-two-three finishes in the event’s Car, Bike and Truck classes to showcase both the qualities of their tyres and the expertise of MICHELIN’s engineers. The MICHELIN LATITUDE C (Cars), MICHELIN DESERT Race and Bib Mousse (Bikes) and MICHELIN XZL+ (Trucks) allowed the company’s partner teams to control this year’s rally which was considered to have been one of the toughest ever seen since the competition first moved to South America.Car class – The MICHELIN LATITUDE C… the absolute benchmark
MICHELIN not only contributed to the victory of Nani ROMA and Michel PERIN as the tyre partner of Mini X-Raid Racing Team but it also monopolised the top five positions overall. MICHELIN LATITUDE C runners won 12 of the event’s 13 stages, as well, proving that the brand’s special cross-country rally tyre combines speed, strength and versatility. The global performance package of this MICHELIN tyre enabled three different MICHELIN partners to claim stage victories, despite the varied challenges (fast tracks, fesh-fesh, sand, etc.) and the occasionally extreme temperatures. The MICHELIN LATITUDE C also helped Stéphane PETERHANSEL to establish a new record for the highest number of Dakar stage wins (65).The experience of the 2014 DAKAR provided MICHELIN with valuable technical data which will now contribute to the development of safer, more durable production tyres designed especially for its South American and Asian markets where the majority of roads are not covered by asphalt.Bike class – The MICHELIN DESERT Race and MICHELIN Bib Mousse… 12 stage wins from 13!MICHELIN’s partners in the Bike class won every stage of the 2014 event, with the exception of one, and the MICHELIN DESERT Race tyre equipped with MICHELIN Bib Mousse was a vital ally for bikers in their bid for outright honours. Victory ultimately went to Marc COMA (‘factory’ KTM 450) who controlled perfectly from in front thanks to his speed and navigational ability. The Catalonian rider rapidly built up a handsome safety margin over his chasers before taking advantage of the qualities of his bike and MICHELIN tyres to deliver an incident-free run and take the spoils in Valparaiso. The work of the Clermont-Ferrand-based manufacturer’s engineers – who have developed a tyre that combines strength, agility, good traction and durability – also played a part in what turned out to be another all-MICHELIN top three thanks to Jordi VILADOMS (KTM) and Olivier PAIN (YAMAHA). The MICHELIN Bib Mousse, which is designed to function with the brand’s cross-country rally tyres, was yet again a valuable asset for its users on the DAKAR. This advanced solution, which replaces air inside the tyre, prevents punctures while at the same time optimising the tyre’s handling. Marc COMA’s fourth Dakar win takes MICHELIN’s score on the rally to 31 bike victories from 36 editions.Truck class – MICHELIN XZL+… a key player in a memorable battleThis year’s fight in the Truck class was one of the closest in the history of the DAKAR. The winner Andrey KARGINOV and Gérard DE ROOY spent the whole two weeks locked in a fierce duel which was as exciting as any ever seen in the Car and Bike categories. Their MICHELIN XZL+ tyres were put to an exacting test on every stage but the class’s most commonly used solution stood up to the punishment perfectly. The MICHELIN XZL+ not only showcased its outstanding traction, strength and resistance to perforation, but was just as much in its element over the soft sand of the Atacama Desert as it was on the fast, rocky trails of Argentina and Chile. It went on to secure another one-two-three finish in the category thanks to MICHELIN’s partners KAMAZ and IVECO.
Michelin and Nissan Motul Autech claim Super GT/GT500 crown with QUINTARELLI/MATSUDA and their Nissan GT-R
The Michelin Group has always been in favour of direct competition with rival tyre manufacturers and the blue-ribband GT 500 category of Japan’s Super GT series offers the firm a chance to compete with three global brands from Japan at a variety of technically exacting circuits.
Given the ferocity of this championship, the win secured by Michelin on last weekend’s 250km race at Motegi, which allowed it to seal the 2014 GT500 title, was doubly important.
In sporting terms, Ronnie QUINTARELLI (third title) and Tsugio MATSUDA (first title) produced a surefooted performance, while the N°23 Nissan GT-R combined speed and reliability once more. Its Michelin tyres were particularly competitive at Motegi, too, and played in major role in the package’s success.
On the technical front, Michelin provided another illustration of its know-how and will use the valuable technological data it has gathered over the season to develop new solutions for the Super GT series, other racing championship and its range of road-going sports tyres.
The solutions made available by Michelin for Motegi were outstanding during Saturday’s qualifying session which was dominated by the French company’s three partners. The fastest time in Q2 round the 4.801km track was secured by Motul Autech’s Nissan GTR (1m38.258s), ahead of the S Road MOLA Nissan GT-R (MOTOYAMA/YANAGIDA, 1m38.592s) and the Honda NSX CONCAPT-GT run by Weider Modulo (YAMAMOTO/IZAWA, 1m38.881s).
Sunday’s dry race saw these three Michelin-equipped cars getaway to a strong start to pull gradually clear of their chasers. But while the N°23 Nissan GT-R of QUINTARELLI/MATSUDA was never challenged, MOTOYAMA/YANAGIDA took a penalty for overtaking under yellow flags and the Honda was forced to make an unscheduled stop to cure a minor technical issue. The Motul Autech Nissan GT-R went on to cross the line with a 51.744s margin over the second-placed car, and the Weider Modulo Honda NSX CONCEPT-GT came a close third!
“What a resounding win! A big bravo to Ronnie QUINTARELLI and Tsugio MATSUDA, as well as to everyone at Nissan Motul Autech,” enthused Michelin Motorsport’s Technical Director Nicolas GOUBERT afterwards. “This success is a highly emotional moment for me. Michelin’s approach to Super GT is extremely humble but that doesn’t stop us from being perfectly aware of our expertise. What really interests us is the technological feedback Super GT racing brings us. It is an incomparable laboratory. I would also like to underline the professionalism of Michelin Japan’s motorsport team and its manager Hiroaki HODASHIMA.
Michelin will continue in Super GT racing in 2015 and looks forward to another entertaining sporting battle which has no equivalent anywhere else in the world.
BFGoodrich 4WD Tyres Claim 26th Overall SCORE Baja 1000 Win
BFGoodrich® Tires, the official tyre of the SCORE International desert racing series, made it a clean sweep of the SCORE desert racing series this season by capturing its 26th overall Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 title.
Thanks to an epic run by the team of BFGoodrich Performance Team member Rob MacCachren and his co-drivers Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, the win marks the 81st overall win in the Baja peninsula for BFGoodrich. With the win, racers on BFGoodrich tyres swept the entire 2014 SCORE International desert racing schedule.
More to come when results become official.
Major Storylines from the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000:
- BFGoodrich 4wd tyres claims its 26th overall SCORE Baja 1000 win and its 81st desert win in the Baja peninsula
- Racers on BFGoodrich tyres swept the 2014 SCORE International desert racing season, claiming every overall win in 5 races
- BFGoodrich tyres helped lead Steven Eugenio to the 2014 SCORE International World Championship
- BFGoodrich tyres Performance Team member Rob MacCachren claimed his second career overall Baja 1000 title and seventh class title
- Andy McMillin now sits fifth all-time on the Baja 1000 overall wins list with four
- BFGoodrich tyres has claimed nine of the 10 major North American desert races this season
- BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 4wd tyre won the Baja Challenge class for the second year in a row
- The BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 4wd tyre was run on all of the top nine BFGoodrich drivers' trucks.
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Another Strong Performance for Michelin in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia
In the most tightly contested Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship on record, Steven Richards has claimed the 2014 title in the final race, of the final round of the season.
A season filled with fierce racing and a see-sawing leadership battle, it came right down to the wire this year with seven different round winners in eight rounds – demonstrating the depth of talent on show.
Coming into the final race the battle for the Championship still had three contenders, Steven Richards, Warren Luff, and reigning Champion Craig Baird. A fifth place for Richards in the final race was enough to clinch the title.
Out in front this weekend, it was Nick Foster that led the way in a lights to flag victory in the final race. Foster also won the round after winning the second race and finishing third in the first race.
Once again the Michelin tyres used by all competitors in the series, delivered exactly what the drivers needed; consistently quick, reliable, and safe performance.
Globally Michelin’s involvement with Carrera Cup is more than just supplying tyres; it is a technical partnership with designers from Michelin working closely with Porsche to develop a tyre that ensures the total performance of the cars on which it is fitted.
This season saw the debut of the latest model Porsche GT3 Cup car into the Australia, and with it came a new Michelin tyre developed specifically for the Championship. The tyre was designed to provide even greater durability and consistency, and that is exactly what it delivered.
Unlike previous generations of the Michelin tyre used in Carrera Cup, this tyre will be used in all Carrera Cups around the world including the Porsche Supercup. This is because it has been designed to perform in all conditions. In Australia alone, the one tyre has had to perform in 40+ track conditions in both dry heat in Adelaide and in high humidity on the Gold Coast, as well as the very cold track conditions seen at Phillip Island.
For Michelin, motorsport is a technological laboratory for innovation. After being tested in the extreme conditions of a race track, innovations that increase tread life, ensure sustainable tyre performance, improve safety and enhance energy efficiency are then used to develop Michelin passenger car tyres.
BFGoodrich Tires Wins Back-to-Back AORC Titles with SR Racing!
BFGoodrich Tires have helped Shannon and Ian Rentsch to take out the 2014 Australia Off-Road Championship after another dominant race win in final round of the Championship in Lockyer Valley. For Shannon and Ian the Championship title was his 7th AORC title - all with BFGoodrich Tires.
BFGoodrich Tires teams dominated the 2014 Australian Off-Road Championship, and the results reflect this with the manufacturer locking out the top four places in the Championship.
The Rentsch father and son combination came into the final section of the round just 5 seconds behind fellow BFGoodrich Tires runners Rhodes Racing, a strong run home saw them finish ahead of the field. Second place in this weekend's round was good enough for Jack Rhodes and David Pullino to secure 2ndplace in the Championship, with the lead trophy truck of Beau Robinson and Ken Skinner securing 3rd place in the outright Championship.
"We could not be happier to win our 7th Championship once again with BFGoodrich Tires," said Shannon.
"No matter what conditions the Championship threw up at us this year, our BFGoodrich Tires have had the answer. This year we've had to deal with everything from the sand in Kalgoorlie, to the whoops in Finke, the mud at Waikerie, dense bush at Coffs, and this weekend the tight and very harsh track here at Lockyer Valley - and every time BFGoodrich Tires looked after us.
"The Championship is incredibly tough, but with BFGoodrich Tires, we are always confident that they are both tough enough and quick enough to get us home safely."
In addition to coming 3rd outright, BFGoodrich Tires partners Beau Robinson and Ken Skinner were crowned the Extreme 2WD Class Champion in their Tonka Trophy Truck.
"It is a great feeling to win the Class Championship and to finish 3rd in the outright Championship," said Beau.
"BFGoodrich Tires have done an amazing job all year which can be seen by their dominance at the front of the field. They have been with us for a long time now, they have the runs on the board and we will never run anything else."
With no restrictions placed on the tyre manufacturer the teams can use, there have been no fewer than five manufacturers used by competitors during the season.
It has been the performance of the BFGoodrich Tires this year that has been unbeatable, with no other tyre manufacturer having been represented on the top step of the podium.
For more information about the Australian Off Road Championship please visit www.aorc.com.au
ABOUT BFGOODRICH TIRES:
BFGoodrich Tires is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high performance off-road tyres, and has been at the forefront of tyre development since the company was founded in 1870. The manufacturer also has an impressive track record of motorsport success - having dominated off road racing since the 1970's.
What BFGoodrich Tires learn in off-road racing including the AORC, their engineers then use to create tyres that give even the most serious off roader what they are looking for. This ensures that their tyres are able to withstand the toughest of surfaces and allow the drivers to push hard, regardless of the conditions.
The specific model of BFGoodrich Tires used at each event by the winner:
- Beau Robinson at Kalgoorlie - Baja KRT 37/13.5/1
- Shannon Rentsch at Finke - Baja KRT 35/12.5/15
- Jack Rhodes at Waikerie - Baja T/A 35/12.5/15
- Shannon Rentsch at Coffs Harbour - Baja T/A 35/12.5/15
- Shannon Rentsch at Lockyer Valley - Baja KR 35/12.5/15