The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and Le Mans Endurance Management (LMEM) are pleased to announce that Michelin has been selected as the official tyre supplier for the LMPC and GTC classes in the 2013 European Le Mans Series.
GTC will be limited to three sets of slick tyres for each of the five race weekends and each set will be marked either A, B or C. Each set will be assigned to a session – ‘A’ to Free Practice 1, ‘B’ to Free Practice 2 and ‘C’ to Qualifying.
The used sets will then be used in turn during the race. This regulation for three sets of tyres will help reduce the costs to each team while the more sustainable use of the tyres will mean the category is more environmentally friendly.
Gerard Neveu, CEO of Le Mans Endurance Management, said: “We are pleased to welcome Michelin as the official tyre supplier for the LMPC and GTC categories.
The company has a long and fruitful relationship with the ACO and is a leader in every category of endurance racing around the world.
The use of control tyres in these categories will help reduce the costs to the teams while maintaining a good balance of performance on the track for all the competitors.”
Serge GRISIN, manager of the MICHELIN’S four-wheel motorsport programmes, said:“MICHELIN is delighted to have been chosen as a partner of the European Le Mans Series to supply tyres to competitors in its LM PC and GTC classes.
It provides us with a chance to showcase the benefits of the MICHELIN Total Performance plan not only to those involved in the championship but also to fans of endurance racing.
The MICHELIN Total Performance plan uses unique technologies to develop tyres which deliver high performance on every front, even in those areas frequently believed to be irreconcilable.
Indeed, the championship’s regulations call for highly versatile tyres in both classes, since only one type of slick and one type of rain tyre are authorised.
Also, in addition to supplying tyres from the MICHELIN endurance racing range, we provide competitors with an on-event support service, as well as advice from a team of experienced technicians.”
The European Le Mans Series will feature a strong grid of 29 cars at the opening round of the relaunched series at Silverstone on the 13th April.
The ELMS will also race at Imola in Italy (17-18 May), Red Bull Ring in Austria (19-20 July), Hungaroring in Hungary (13-14 September) and conclude at Paul Ricard in France (27-28 September) . Each of the five events will feature a 3-hour race on some of the most demanding circuits in Europe.