Sebring: Michelin race report

MICHELIN MAKES IT TWELVE CONSECUTIVE WINS AT TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING Peugeot Wins Overall, Risi Ferrari Strikes Again! SEBRING, FL (March 20, 2010) - The Sebring Hall of Fame inducted Michelin as the first tire maker to be honored here on...

MICHELIN MAKES IT TWELVE CONSECUTIVE WINS AT TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING

Peugeot Wins Overall, Risi Ferrari Strikes Again!

SEBRING, FL (March 20, 2010) - The Sebring Hall of Fame inducted Michelin as the first tire maker to be honored here on Friday. On Saturday, Michelin figuratively sent the awards plaque back to the engravers by adding a twelfth consecutive victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring and ran its class win total here to 34 in that span by winning all three open competition classes.

Michelin and its technical partner teams from Peugeot, Aston Martin, Porsche, Highcroft HPD, and Ferrari combined to sweep the top six positions overall in the opening event of the 2010 American Le Mans Series as the Le Mans winning Peugeot Sport team's 12 cylinder, turbo diesel 908 HDI FAP cars scored a decisive 1-2 victory ahead of the Lola Aston Martin.

Taking an emotional win in the LMP2 category and finishing fourth overall was the Cytosport Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder. The victory is the first for team owner/driver Greg Pickett, a legendary figure in the Trans Am series, who co-drove with Klaus Graf and Sascha Maassen.

Scoring an incredible sixth consecutive major endurance GT2 class win was the Houston based Risi Competizione Ferrari driven by Jaime Melo, Gianmaria Bruni and Pierre Kaffer. The team has now won the last two 24 Hours of Le Mans, Petit Le Mans, and 12 Hours of Sebring. Five different cars from four different manufacturers and three tire makers led the hotly contested GT2 class in the first 75 minutes of the 12 hour race.

"Michelin was a great part of our win today, just as they have been part of every win," said Melo. "The Michelin tires were just so consistent and our car was so well balanced that we were able to maintain good grip and good lap times throughout our runs."

Making its North American debut, the Le Mans Prototype Challenge, a single specification class for identical Oreca Prototype chassis, Michelin provided a non-confidential commercial club racing tire that delivered multiple stints to the LMPC competitors. The class winning #55 Level 5 team triple-stinted its Michelin tires from the start of the race, while the #99 Green Earth Team Gunnar completed a staggering 150 laps or 455 miles of the race on a single set of tires.

"This has been a very exciting week for Michelin here at Sebring with our induction into the Sebring Hall of Fame, the launch of our michelinalley.com blog site, a presentation to Porsche to celebrate their 100th ALMS win, the launch of the LMPC class and now great success in the 12 Hours of Sebring," said Silvia Mammone, manager motorsports, Michelin North America. "We want to thank all of our technical partner teams for choosing Michelins. We are pleased to get the 2010 season off to such a great start."

-source: michelin media

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Series ALMS
Drivers Klaus Graf , Sascha Maassen , Jaime Melo , Greg Pickett , Pierre Kaffer
Teams Risi Competizione