AFTER AN 11TH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY IN THE LE MANS 24 HOURS, MICHELIN WINS THE LE MANS SERIES TITLE
Today at Silverstone, Great Britain, the No.2 Audi R10 -Michelin driven by Alexandre Premat and Mike Rockenfeller crossed the line in first place, for the first time this season. Their victory brought Michelin its fifth consecutive LMP1 Le Mans Series title. Michelin continued its title-winning ways in LMP2 with a win for the Van Merksteijn team (Jos Verstappen/Peter Van Merksteijn) and in GT1 with Team Luc Alphand Aventures (Patrice Goueslard/Guillaume Moreau).
Once again, Michelin has helped its partners reach the highest steps of the podium in the Le Mans Series. After scoring an 11th consecutive win at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, Michelin repeated the achievement in the Le Mans Series. Since the championship began in 2004, Michelin has won every title in the LMP1, LMP2 and GT1 categories.
Matthieu Bonardel, manager of 4-wheel competition, Michelin
"It's been a drama -packed season, right up to the final race. I want to congratulate Audi-Sport on their Le Mans Series title, as well as Van Merksteijn in LMP2 and Luc Alphand Aventures in GT1. Congratulations also to Peugeot, who won four races out of five.
"We did an accomplished job throughout the year with all our privateer and manufacturer partners, and these results are a fantastic reward for our team and the Michelin Group.
"Winning is one objective, and the other is to learn. The Le Mans Series comprises a range of circuits, weather conditions and vehicles that allow us to develop our tyres throughout the season for major endurance races such as the Le Mans 24 Hours or the 12 Hours of Sebring, both of which Michelin once again won in 2008."
Frederic Henry -Biabaud - Michelin Motorsport Director
"Michelin has once again demonstrated its remarkable capacity for achievement with the success of our products. Our motorsport programme is important and strategic, and endurance racing is a perfect fit for our values: performance, consistency of performance and durability. The next set of regulations will strengthen the endurance element of the equation, and the contribution our tyres make to it. It only goes to reinforce the relevance of our involvement in this championship. Today's result demonstrates the extent to which, through partnerships with major manufacturers such as Peugeot and Audi, or indeed with privateer teams, Michelin has developed cutting-edge solutions and provided its partners with the best of its research and development. For our customers, this technology represents a promise of performance."
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich - Head of Audi Motorsport
"The season finished with a win and a title. It's the best scenario we could have hoped for. The team prepared itself perfectly, we performed strongly and everything went impeccably well. We won the Le Mans 24 Hours with Michelin and today, at the final race, we were also counting on their support to win the title. We managed it thanks to the excellent collaboration between Audi-Sport and Michelin - and we're absolutely delighted!"