Valencia: Michelin race report

MICHELIN: A STEP FORWARD FOR THE LE MANS 24 HOURS ! Michelin and Peugeot Sport scored their second victory of the season on the Valencia circuit today. Pedro Lamy and Stephane Sarrazin crossed the line after 235 very tough laps on...

MICHELIN: A STEP FORWARD FOR THE LE MANS 24 HOURS !

Michelin and Peugeot Sport scored their second victory of the season on the Valencia circuit today. Pedro Lamy and Stephane Sarrazin crossed the line after 235 very tough laps on both the tyres and the car.

The Charouz Team led by the Charouz-Mucke driver line-up came second followed by the Swiss Sprit Team drivers, Jean-Louis Deletraz and Marcel Fassler, at the wheel of an Audi-powered Lola.

In LM P2 Michelin came second with the Saulnier Racing team (Nicholet-Filhol).

The Team Oreca Saleen in the hands of Ortelli and Ayari won the LM GT1 category.

Gerard Bombled Head of circuit activities, Michelin
"It was a very interesting race and we saw some good battles out on the track. At one moment of the race our rival had a car in the leading group but the Michelin-shod cars soon took back their advantage. Tyre choice was not easy on the Valencia circuit. Early on, the LM P1s had to use medium rubber. Our aim was to go for double stints. We tested this option with Peugeot and then came back to single stints during the race. The car was very well balanced, but we realised that this option penalised us in performance at the end of a stint. We were not able to claw back the advantage we gained during the stops. Most of the other LM P1s went for single stints. Valencia is a slow circuit with poor reaccelerating that wears the inner shoulder of the tyres because of wheel spin. It's something that naturally penalises performance. We've made a step forward for the Le Mans 24 Hours, as we've managed to amass capital data on the performance and consistency of a type of tyre in a given set-up during a stint."

Bruno Famin, Technical director, Peugeot Sport
"The tyre choice in qualifying was pretty easy with our partner Michelin. We work in perfect harmony so there were no worries. Then for the race we hesitated for a long time about our strategy: whether to do one or two stints with a set of tyres. We opted for two stints at first and then changed to one for either car. Today we've gained some very interesting information for the Le Mans 24 Hours about how to use the tyres. We're very satisfied with the performance of Michelin rubber. We've taken up with Michelin again, and since the start of the year we've had absolute confidence in our Michelin engineer. When he gives us advice, it's always positive. We work in close collaboration, as our partner Michelin's products are an essential ingredient in helping us to victory."

Hugues de Chaunac, the Team Oreca director
"We didn't succeed in the last event but today we dominated the race from start to finish. It's our last preparation session before the Le Mans 24 Hours and today's result is very encouraging. The car was perfectly balanced, the Michelin tyres were fantastic and there was no performance fall- off. It gave us enormous satisfaction both in terms of reliability and performance, and we're delighted with the advice given to us today by our partner Michelin."

-credit: michelin

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Stéphane Sarrazin , Pedro Lamy , Marcel Fassler , Hugues de Chaunac , Bruno Famin