Porsche and Michelin: 2015 WEC Manufacturers' Champions!
2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
6 Hours of Shanghai
1 November 2015
The two Porsche 919 Hybrids fitted with Michelin tyre, took the chequered flag in the penultimate round of the World Endurance Championship in China this weekend, once again finishing first and second place.
This strong result was enough to clinch the 2015 WEC Manufacturers’ crown and claiming the team’s fifth straight victory since June’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Victory for the N°17 LMP1 Porsche of Australian racer, Mark Webber, along with his team mates Timo Bernhard and Brendan Hartley, has put the crew in a strong position to win the 2015 Drivers’ title. They are locked in a battle with the N°7 Audi of Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer, who were third in China.
Sunday’s race was essentially divided into two distinct parts, with the first three hours effected by heavy rain which prompted Race Control to kick off the action behind the Safety Car for the first five laps.
When the Safety Car peeled off after round 10 minutes, the real competition got underway as the cars threw up plumes of water, with their Michelin rain tyres capable of clearing up to 120 litres of water every second.
In LM P1, the Audi R18 e-tron quattros immediately challenged the Porsche 919 Hybrids which were running first and second, and the early battle also involved the Toyota’s two TS040 Hybrids which tried to make life as hard as possible for the two German makes. It was during this phase of the race that the N°18 Porsche (Dumas/Jani/Lieb) span after a tangle with the N°7 Audi (Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer).
At this stage, the two Audis focused on chasing the N°17 Porsche (Bernhard/Webber/Hartley) as closely as possible in order to prevent Brendon Hartley from pulling out too big a gap, but the Toyotas started to lose ground.
The low grip and difficult visibility forced Race Control to deploy Full Course Yellows twice on safety grounds, while a number of accidents brought out yellow flags.
By the two-and-a-half hour mark, the N°18 Porsche had fought back to join the fight between the Audis and its N°17 sister car. After the third round of refuelling stops, the N°7 Audi – the drivers of which can still win the 2015 Drivers’ crown – and the similar N°8 car (Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis) succeeded in appearing in front, with the two Porsches around five seconds back.
It was around this time that the rain started to ease off and eventually stop, meaning there was less and less water on the track. At this point Porsche chose to double stint on Michelin rain tyres, a strategy that saw the team’s two cars recover the lead before steadily extending their cushion as the track dried out more or less completely over the final three hours.
With just one round in the Championship remaining – the teams head to Bahrain on November 21 with the Driver’s Championship still very much up for grabs.
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New Champion Crowned on the Streets of Surfers
MICHELIN: Official tyre partner Porsche Motorsport
25 October 2015
Nick Foster, in the Sonic Motor Racing Porsche fitted with Michelin tyres, has been crowned the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Champion this weekend on the streets of the Gold Coast.
Failing to score even a single point in the first four races of the season, the challenge ahead of Nick was huge. The speed was always there, and thanks in part to the knowledge that his tyres would not let him down, Foster was able to push hard in every race.
“To win the Championship is by far the best moment of my career so far – it hardly seems real at the moment! Even though the start of the year was tough, I never gave up because I knew we had the package to get the job done,” said Foster.
“Having the confidence to push hard each and every lap was really important, especially this season. With Michelin tyres we know this is possible. There have been times this season when we have taken the tyres off at the end of the round, and there is still plenty of life left. We can’t ask for more than that!”
For Michelin, the Porsche Carrera Cup is an exceptional challenge, with the race track acting as the ultimate proving ground.
The long lasting, high performance of the Michelin N2 tyre that the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia uses has been on display all year. The performance has resulted in quick lap times, and even new lap records, being set right up until the closing stages of the final race of the weekend.
“We have seen some of the best racing in Australia in Carrera Cup this year with the drivers able to push their tyres for the whole weekend – this is why we go racing,” said Michelin Australia Marketing Manager, Tim Hoare.
“Globally, the Porsche motorsport platform allows us to innovate and deliver performance – that is why we partner with them. Our engineers work with the Porsche engineers to deliver exactly what the Porsche drivers demand: speed, safety, longevity, and driving pleasure, without compromise.”
For Michelin, this partnership extends off the track as well.
“Michelin works with Porsche's design teams from the bottom up, engineering tyres that react perfectly with the chassis, not just with their race cars but also with their road cars,” explained Mr Hoare.
“Our experience on track is then applied to our road products. For example, the tread compounds used in our Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 road tyres are of the same family as the compounds found in the N2 tyres used in Carrera Cup.”
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The philosophy of “MICHELIN Total Performance” is at the heart of Michelin's research and development strategy globally and is applied to the development of all Michelin tyres. It reconciles qualities that some believe to be conflicting by virtue of technology such as grip and long lasting tyres.
MICHELIN Primacy SUV tyres
The most important safety feature on your SUV
13 October 2015
The new MICHELIN PRIMACY SUV tyre delivers confidence and tranquility to drive your family safely even in the most unpredictable driving conditions.
Most SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) drivers choose their vehicle’s safety features carefully – considering ABS, airbags, and traction control. But more often than not, they underestimate the vital role that tyres play. As the only contact with the road, good tyres are a driver’s first guarantee of a safe and comfortable ride.
The area of a tyre that touches the road surface is approximately the size of a postcard. It is not much when you consider all the functions of a tyre: supporting the car, transmitting traction and braking forces, absorbing road shocks and steering.
The MICHELIN Primacy SUV is exclusively designed by Michelin for SUVs. It was developed specifically for the Asia Pacific’s extreme road and weather conditions with the objective of offering maximum safety to SUV owners and their families.
Speaking about the new tyre, Cedric Binoit, Managing Director, Michelin Australia said, “We have listened to SUV drivers in our region. They choose their vehicles because they want more safety for themselves and their family on their daily commute, as well as during long distance travel.
“SUVs are larger, more robust vehicles, they offer better visibility and more space, but they can at times be more difficult to handle and to stop, especially on wet roads. The MICHELIN Primacy SUV tyre was developed to address these needs, and provide maximum safety and protection to the driver and their family.”
The new tyre offers the following significant safety improvements when compared with leading competitors1:
- Up to 2.3 meters shorter braking distance on wet roads.
- 10% improved grip in wet cornering.
- 3.8 meters shorter braking in dry conditions.
This is achieved through the use of the following Michelin tyre technologies:
New grip-enhancing flexible tread and tread design to reduce braking distance and lateral slip on wet roads.
Tread compound and architecture designed to help reduce vibrations and bumps on the road.
Greater variation in the size and position of tread blocks reduces road noise, whilst also keeping the drive steady, smooth and comfortable.
As a result of the combination of these technologies, the MICHELIN Primacy SUV tyre is able to offer drivers a safer, smoother ride. Thanks to MICHELIN Total Performance, this is achieved without compromising other tyre performance characteristics such as tread life and fuel consumption.
1. The test was carried by CATARC on 11th Apr. 2015. Vehicle: Honda CR-V 2.0 VVT. Tyre size 225/65R17.
Rentsch and BFGoodrich Tyres Crowned King of the Desert Again
BFGoodrich Tires and their partner teams have combined to once again conquer their toughest challenges - the Finke Desert Race. Out in front it was seven time Australian Off Road Champions, Shannon and Ian Rentsch, who claimed their fourth King of the Desert crown.
Running the new BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2, the Rhodes Racing Jimco buggy of Jack Rhodes and David Pullino came home second. The other KR2 runner, the OBR Trophy Truck of Beau Robinson with stand in navigator Matt Hanson, completed the podium finishing third outright.
BFGoodrich Tires proved they had what it takes to withstand the harsh conditions of the Australian outback, and the punishing pace of the trucks and buggies. This dominance saw their partners not only claim the top three positions, but also claim 7 places on the top 10.
While his main competitors chose to switch to the bigger the new 37×12.50R17 BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 this weekend, race winner Shannon Rentsch, chose to stick to the smaller 35x12.5x15 BFGoodrich Baja KR on his Jimco buggy.
"Once again my BFGoodrich tyres delivered what I needed from them! I could not be happier with how this weekend has gone. I'm not one to look at the record books, but to win here is always special. Four wins now, all with BFGoodrich Tires, and each win feels just as good," said Rentsch.
BFGoodrich Tires use their experience at the highest level of off road racing to design and develop their non-competition tyres. A clear example of the direct link between BFGoodrich Racing tyres and the standard BFGoodrich Tires can be seen in the new BFGoodrich All Terrain KO2. Thanks to this experience, the new BFGoodrich All Terrain KO2 tyre delivers exceptional toughness, durability and traction for traversing harsh conditions, including gravel, dirt, rock, and mud.
The technology designed and tested in the KR2 that was raced this weekend in the Finke Desert Race, can be found in the KO2 tyre. It is the first consumer tyre to incorporate the company's race-proven and race-winning CoreGard technology that gives it unmatched toughness, particularly against sidewall splitting. Compared to the already formidable current KO tyre, the new KO2 is 20 percent stronger in this critical off-road performance area.
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Menzies Claims Two Wins and Four Podiums At Opening Lucas Oil Off Road Weekend
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, got the 2015 championship season underway with Rounds 1 and 2 at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park on March 20-21.
The opening rounds marked the season debut of BFGoodrich Performance Team members Bryce Menzies, Rob MacCachren, RJ Anderson and Casey Currie in the series.
Overall Menzies claimed both Pro 2 races and recorded a second and third place finish in Pro 4 to make it four podiums in four races for the weekend. MacCachren had a second and third place finish as well in Pro 2 and RJ Anderson chalked up two third place finishes in Pro Lite.
In Round 1, Menzies made started his first full season start in Pro 4 and proceeded to lead much of the race holding off veterans MacCachren, Carl Renezeder, Adrian Cenni and defending champion Kyle LeDuc
On lap 14, Menzies has his No. 7 Red Bull/Pennzoil Ford ahead of Renezeder when they collected briefly and pushed him back into fourth as Renezeder took the lead. After some brief battles behind the leader, Menzies settled for third and MacCachren fourth.
In Pro Lite on Day 1, Anderson battled hard for a strong fourth place finish as Brad DeBerti took the win, leading from the very first lap and never looking back.
In the final race of the night in Pro 2, MacCachren moved right to the head of the field in his #21 Rockstar/Makita Ford, with Menzies and Renezeder close behind.
MacCachren and Menzies began to pull clear somewhat over the opening four laps, and on lap five, the race between these two really heated up. MacCachren just started to over-rotate in turn two, and when Menzies bumped him slightly, MacCachren clipped the inside barrier.
Menzies then got by after going huge over the tabletop jump out of the corner, but MacCachren bumped him back door-to-door in the next corner to re-take the lead briefly. The two raced back to the start/finish line side by side, with Menzies eventually pulling his #7 Red Bull/BFGoodrich Tires Ford ahead coming out of turn one on the next lap.
On-track debris forced a full course caution on lap seven, and when racing resumed, it was still Menzies, MacCachren, Renezeder, Beat, and McGrath in the top five.
Over the final laps, both MacCachren and Beat were challenging Renezeder in the battle for second, but Renezeder held off both hard chargers all the way to the stripe. Up front, Menzies took a strong win to open the season, ahead of Renezeder MacCachren, Beat and McGrath.
Day Two proved to be just as much of a battle as round 1 had the day before. In pro 4 Menzies again led the charge. Battles behind him continued for many laps between Barron, Cenni, Renezeder, Greg Adler and MacCachren.
Lap nine saw an absolutely beautiful maneuver at turn two, as MacCachren dove down the inside of Renezeder, who himself was driving down the inside on Cenni. Everyone kept their cool, and MacCachren swept from fourth to second in a move that was so smooth that it almost looked choreographed.
Turn two then became LeDuc's passing zone, as he got by Renezeder there on lap 16, MacCachren on lap 17, and finally Menzies on lap 18. This was vintage Kyle LeDuc, working his way through the pack with seeming ease. LeDuc only had one lap left to go, but nearly threw his hard work away when he bicycled in turn two and allowed Menzies to get dangerously close to him in the next corner. LeDuc held tough and out-drug Menzies out of the corner to hold the lead, and he stayed in front by under half a second to pip Menzies for the win.
Menzies picked up second, and already looks to be getting quite comfortable in his new ride, while a pass on MacCachren at turn three on the last lap moved Renezeder up to the final podium spot. MacCachren came home fourth tonight in the #21 Rockstar/Makita Ford, and fifth went to Cenni.
In Pro Lite Unlimited, Anderson once again took third after battling to stay on the podium in a heated battle.
After opening the season with a win last night in Round 1 in pro 2, Menzies was again out front early in Round 2, heading the field in his #7 Red Bull/Discount Tire Ford at the end of lap one.
Rob MacCachren ran second, with Carl Renezeder third, Patrick Clark fourth, and Myan Spaccarelli fifth. Jeremy McGrath got by Spaccarelli for fifth on lap two, and on lap three, Clark got his #25 Budweiser/BFGoodrich Tires Chevrolet past Renezeder for third coming out of turn three.
Out front, Menzies was already starting to pull a gap on MacCachren, but when Ryan Beat (driving Brian Deegan's truck in this class this weekend) came to a stop out of turn two, a full course caution was thrown on lap four, and Menzies' advantage was erased.
Racing resumed on lap seven, and on lap eight, class rookie Sheldon Creed was challenging McGrath for his fifth spot. McGrath shook the youngster off, though, and was plainly clear of him again by lap 10.
Four laps later, a brief fire under the hood of Todd LeDuc's truck brought him to a stop, and again, the full course yellow came out. S
Racing resumed on lap 16, it was still Menzies, MacCachren in the #21 Rockstar/Makita Ford, Clark, Renezeder in the #17 Lucas Oil/General Tire Ford, and McGrath in the #2 Loctite/Traxxas Nissan in the top five.
Up front, Menzies made it a sweep of the weekend in this class, winning convincingly on both occasions and showing that he may well be the man to beat this season. MacCachren finished in second, McGrath in third, Anderson in fourth, and Clark in fifth.