The weekend saw Michelin rise successfully to its mission which was to permit its LMP1 partners to perform quadruple, and even quintuple stints thanks to the new tyres it has developed for the 2011-generation prototype cars. In the hands of Stephane Sarrazin, the Peugeot completed a quadruple stint with medium-compound tyres on Saturday afternoon. Then on Sunday morning, the Audi established a new benchmark with regards to the durability and consistency of Michelin’s tyres when Benoit Treluyer covered 750km in the lead on the same rubber with the three Peugeot 908’s in hot pursuit!
About this race, Benoit Treluyer quoted:
It was effectively a very long stint: 55 laps, which equates to 3h20m in the car. The team woke me up for the run at the last possible moment. There are easier ways of waking up than to find yourself being chased by three Peugeot’s at Le Mans! My Michelin tyres gave me great grip from the word go, and I was able to lap at a sufficiently quick pace to defend our lead. I was still in a position where I could push hard at the very end of my fifth stint!
Since the inaugural Le Mans 24 Hours in 1923, Michelin has won the legendary French endurance race 20 times, including 14 straight victories since 1998. Thanks to its consistent, competitive and versatile tyres, Michelin won the LMP1 category, as well as the LM GTE Pro class with Corvette after a thrilling battle with the Ferrari AF Corse and the LM GTE Pro with the Corvette of the Larbre Competition team. In addition to its challenge for outright honors, Peugeot took the win in the Michelin Green X Challenge which is especially organized to reward the most energy-efficient performance.
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