Valencia: Michelin behind the scenes

Endurance racing, cooking lessons and tyre changes: just the right ingredients! This weekend Michelin has organised a large number of entertaining events in the paddock in which drivers and spectators have taken part with gusto during the ...

Endurance racing, cooking lessons and tyre changes: just the right ingredients!

This weekend Michelin has organised a large number of entertaining events in the paddock in which drivers and spectators have taken part with gusto during the second round of the Le Mans Series on the Valencia circuit in Spain.

The chef of the restaurant "La Succursale" in Valencia, recently awarded a star by Michelin, came to the paddock to give a few cooking lessons to the company's guests. The Le Mans Series drivers were only too happy to take part in the proceedings as well. Just before getting into their cars for the start Luc Alphand, Pedro Lamy and a few other drivers put on an apron and followed with great interest the recipes for Gaspacho, tuna fish mi-cuit and asparagus with crab.

"It's great to find these recipes in the paddock. I'm really delighted; it's a super idea! I was not expecting anything like this. I followed the lessons with a lot of attention and I'll try and do the same thing at home!" laughed Luc Alphand.

Henri and Madie Pescarolo did not miss a trick either. "At home our kitchen equipment has nothing to envy a great restaurant and we love cooking good food. Henri is an excellent chef. It's a great initiative!" said Madie.

The drivers who were not in the kitchen got stuck into the tyre changing competitions for the teams, which took place on the Michelin High Performance Tower stage installed in the paddock. Under the awed gaze of the spectators, the Peugeot 908 driver line-up of Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy set the best time for changing tyres followed by Jonathan Cochet and Bruno Besson from the Courage Competition squad.

"I took this competition very seriously and Pedro and myself really wanted to win. No question of making fools of ourselves in front of the others! In addition, we won a GPS navigation system. It's great for us as we're on the move all year and we often get lost on the road," said the French driver, Stephane Sarrazin.

Since 1900, the famous "Guide Rouge" has accompanied travellers on their journeys and trips. Michelin is very happy to see that endurance drivers count on it and the new navigation systems when travelling or dining. It's further proof that the company's products are the reference in all sectors of activity, even for professional racers!

-credit: michelin

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Jonathan Cochet , Stéphane Sarrazin , Pedro Lamy , Luc Alphand , Bruno Besson