MICHELIN CONTINUES NORTH AMERICAN GT RACING STRING HOT ON THE HEELS OF LE MANS VICTORIES (LEXINGTON, OH) --- Following an overall race victory and the GT2 class title at Le Mans, Michelin scored its sixth straight victory of the North American...
MICHELIN CONTINUES NORTH AMERICAN GT RACING STRING HOT ON THE HEELS OF LE MANS VICTORIES
(LEXINGTON, OH) --- Following an overall race victory and the GT2 class title at Le Mans, Michelin scored its sixth straight victory of the North American GT racing season at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Sunday, June 14 in USRRC's GT1 class. The Michelin-equipped Panoz GTR-1 No. 4 driven by Andy Wallace and David Brabham prevailed over teammates Eric Bernard and Raul Boesel in the No. 5 Panoz GTR-1. The Michelin-supplied Champion Porsche driven by Thierry Boutsen and Bob Wollek finished third.
Brabham turned the fastest lap of the race on lap 94 of the 111-lap contest with a time of 1:18.019=103.820 mph. It was the fastest lap turned by any car in qualifying or in the race.
"We put on a new set of Michelin's on my last stop and I had a lot of grip and I went for it," said Wallace. "Every lap was like a qualifying lap and we managed to get fastest lap of the race. The tires held up really good and the balance of the car remained the same all the way through the race which was good."
"Capturing the overall victory and the GT2 class in Le Mans last week, combined with winning our sixth straight GT1 victory in North America, has made it quite a week for Michelin's Pilot radials," said Herb Johnson," Director of Motorsports, Michelin North America. "The Michelin's have proven to be durable, in victories at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans and have the grip and handing needed on tracks like Mid-Ohio."
Brabham, driving the No. 4 Panoz, captured the GT1 pole with a time of 1:18.492=103.19 mph. Bernard qualified second with a time of 1:19.127=102.36 mph. in the No. 5 Panoz. Boutsen qualified third with a time of 1:20.020=101.22 mph in the Champion Porsche. The Michelin Pilots, combined with the excellent Panoz team, enabled both Panoz cars to qualify within fractions of a second of the lighter, more powerful Can-Am cars. The Panoz cars started third and fourth overall.
Michelin began the GT racing season by claiming victory in Rolex 24 at Daytona when the Michelin Pilot-equipped Rohr Motorsports Porsche 911 GT1 took the checkered flag first in the GT1 class. Michelin then swept the top three GT1 positions at the Exxon Superflo 12 Hours of Daytona, led by the Panoz of Brabham and Wallace. Those victories were followed up with triumphs in Las Vegas, Homestead, Fla. and Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.