A WINNING PAIR AT THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS Michelin hit the top prize in all four categories and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race For the 12th consecutive year! LA SARTHE, FRANCE (June 15, 2009) - Peugeot won the 77th edition of the race...
A WINNING PAIR AT THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS
Michelin hit the top prize in all four categories and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race For the 12th consecutive year!
LA SARTHE, FRANCE (June 15, 2009) - Peugeot won the 77th edition of the race by achieving a double victory: its 908 HDI FAP # 9 and # 8 won the first place in the LMP1 category. The race's front-runner Audi ended on the podium's third step with its # 1.
Michelin also won the other three categories.
In LMP2, the Team Essex celebrated a double victory on Porsche RS Spyder by winning both this category and the Michelin Green X Challenge. In LMGT1, the Corvette Racing team's Corvette 63 was the winner. In the LMGT2 category, the Risi Competizione team's F430 GT Ferrari climbed the podium's first step.
MICHELIN tires' performance proved efficient and consistent. In addition, MICHELIN tires' endurance allowed the winners to break the record in terms of distance traveled. In fact, many teams overwhelmingly chose the "medium" MICHELIN tire, which contributed to this feat.
Matthieu Bonardel, director of Michelin's four-wheel racing, commented: "Our objective was to help our partners go four consecutive runs with the same set of tires if they chose to do so. We quickly accomplished this objective during the race, covering five runs in a row with the Signature team, which achieved its best timing on the last lap! Let me tell you that this global performance went far beyond our expectations and even allowed us to further differentiate ourselves from the competition in GT2. It was the same thing with the rain tire, which covered three consecutive runs with a level of performance far better than that of 2008."
On the road or on the track, Michelin demonstrates once again that its tires offer the best performance in grip, mileage and energy efficiency.
Find out more about the race
. Everything went like a charm for Peugeot Sport. After 16 years, Peugeot won thanks to its 908 # 9 with Marc Gene, Alexander Wurz and David Brabham, which ran 382 laps - one additional lap compared to the previous year. During the qualifying phase on Thursday, Stephane Sarrazin on Peugeot's 908 # 8 achieved the best time, allowing the manufacturer to run in pole position. In the morning, Peugeot sustained its 908 # 9 and # 8 on the front line. They managed their head-start very well and won at the finish line.
. The race started very fast. Peugeot dominated the whole race thanks to its four running cars, including the one with the Pescarolo Sport team.
. There were numerous accidents during the race, including a collision between Peugeot's # 7 and # 17.
. Audi's # 2 made a brutal exit by hitting a wall. Audi's # 1 underwent repeated problems despite the skills of Tom Kristensen, Allan McNisch and Dindo Capello.