(Le Mans, FRANCE) - At the eight-hour mark, Michelin teams were leading all three categories of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. Leading the way was the ...
(Le Mans, FRANCE) - At the eight-hour mark, Michelin teams were leading all three categories of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. Leading the way was the #7 Audi driven by M. Alberto, C. Abt and R. Capello. Challenging the drivers, cars and equipment were the near 90-degree Fahrenheit temperatures that resulted in track temperatures over 110-degrees Fahrenheit at the start of the race.
"This is as hot as it has been at Le Mans in twenty years," said Herb Johnson, director of motorsports, Michelin North America. "But we brought tires for every weather condition and we are used to racing in the heat in the United States. That's part of the challenge of racing. And while we are confident, there is still a long way to go to the end of the race."
The #51 Chrysler Viper driven by Olivier Beretta, Karl Wendlinger and Dominique DuPuy led the GTS category. In fact, Chrysler Vipers held the top three spots in the GTS category. The Dick Barbour Racing Porsche driven by Dirk Müller, Bob Wollek, Lucas Luhr led the GT category.
The #11 American Panoz team, with drivers David Brabham, Jan Magnussen and Mario Andretti, were fourth after eight hours. In fact, Michelin teams held 8 of the top 10 positions.
Michelin teams have lead all of the 119 laps after eight hours. As the sun set and the track cooled to around 80-degrees Fahrenheit, teams began changing to softer compound tires.
Chrysler Viper won the 24 Hours of Daytona while Audi won the 12 Hours of Sebring on Michelin tires earlier this year.