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MICHELIN, supplier to the 2013 ASIAN LE MANS SERIES

05/03/2013
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MICHELIN has been named as tyre supplier to the 2013 ASIAN LE MANS SERIES. Serge GRISIN (director of MICHELIN’s four-wheel motorsport programmes) and Mark THOMAS (Managing Director of the ASIAN ENDURANCE OPERATING COMPANY LIMITED, the licensee of the ASIAN LE MANS SERIES) have signed a deal which will see MICHELIN supply tyres and associated services in 2013 to the Asian endurance racing championship which is organised by the Asian Endurance Operating Company Limited and sanctioned by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. MICHELIN was selected after a process that was open to all tyre manufacturers.

Through its involvement in the ASIAN LE MANS SERIES, MICHELIN will seek to consolidate and reinforce its footing in Asia, a region where the French company is investing because of the market’s growth and the shifts of its approach to motoring.

The interest of Asian motorists in cars and their demands are evolving very quickly,” observes Serge GRISIN. “The culture of motorsport, which has long been deeply rooted in Japan and South Korea, is today developing in China. MICHELIN sees motorsport as an opportunity to demonstrate the qualities of its tyres to this new generation of enthusiasts who demand both safety and performance. We are notably targeting those who make pleasure one of the prime factors in their relationship with their vehicle”.

Thanks to its exacting technical regulations which are coherent with those of the FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP, the ASIAN LE MANS SERIES is a great showcase to illustrate the benefits of the MICHELIN Total Performance plan at a very high level. This plan is core to the Group’s research and development strategy and consists in using unique technologies to develop tyres that deliver high performance in all areas, even in those which are frequently seen as irreconcilable”.

I would also underline that MICHELIN will work together with all the drivers who contest the 2013 ASIAN LE MANS SERIES, professionals and amateurs alike, providing them with racing tyres that are safe, competitive and durable, as well as with services and technical advice which are the fruit of decades of success in endurance racing”.

We are delighted to have MICHELIN on-board with us for this season which is very important for the development of the ASIAN LE MANS SERIES,” says Mark THOMAS. “MICHELIN can claim an unrivalled commitment, experience and record in endurance racing. I am sure its contribution will satisfy the 2013 field which is particularly rich, not merely in numbers but also in terms of the cars and drivers who will be competing. Our sporting regulations call for versatile tyres and quantities will be restricted to six sets per round. Furthermore, in association with MICHELIN, our wish is to preclude the use of development tyres, so we asked our tyre supplier to supply hightechnology products which are as close as possible to production tyres”.

MICHELIN will look after the logistics and provide a service to teams at all six rounds of the series. MICHELIN technicians will be on-hand to help the drivers in their tyres choices, while their analysis of how the tyres perform in races as a function on the type of car, track profile and driving style will enabled valuable information to be fed back to MICHELIN.

TYRE REGULATIONS – 2013 ASIAN LE MANS SERIES (SUMMARY)

1 set of tyres = two front tyres and two rear tyres, which are of different sizes and have different characteristics.

The tyres allocated in each car class will be chosen at random before the race in the presence of a representative of the organising bodies. No development tyres may be used. Tyres must be commercially available.

DRY TRACK– SLICKS

Just one type of slick tyre is authorised for the entire season. This tyre must be registered with the organising bodies. Tyres will be identified by barcodes which will be registered by the organising bodes at each event.

  • 1 type of slick only for LM P2 and LM PC prototypes
  • 1 type of slick for each of the following classes: LM GTE, GTC and Cup

All classes:

  • 6 sets of tyres (maximum) per car for each event (practice, qualifying, warm-up and race)
  • 1 set of tyres (four slicks) will be attributed to each car for qualifying and the start of the race

WET TRACK – WET WEATHER TYRES

Just one type of wet weather tyre is authorised for the entire season. This tyre must be registered with the organising bodies. Tyres will be identified by barcodes which will be registered by the organising bodes at each event.

  • 1 type of wet weather tyre only for LM P2 and LM PC prototypes
  • 1 type of wet weather tyre for each of the following classes: LM GTE, GTC and Cup
  • No restrictions on the number of wet weather tyres used
  • The ‘re-cutting’ of tread patterns is not permitted
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