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Championship WinsMichelin made its first racing appearance when Charles Terront won in 1891 the longest non-stop bicycle race ever to be held: Paris-Brest and back (1,200 km). After 71 h and 18 mn of racing and 9 hours ahead of his closest contender, Terront had provided an excellent demonstration of the superiority of the MICHELIN detachable tire.
Racing is the best laboratory for testing technological innovations in extreme situations. It is a powerful driver of progress. MICHELIN tires continuously undergo the toughest of all reality checks: championship racing.
2013 DAKAR RALLY
Michelin returns to the car-class and storms the victory in all categories after a breathtaking and exhilarating fortnight. Michelin claims its 30th win in the bike category (victory of Cyril Desprès on KTM), and the truck category (victory of the Kamaz crew composed of Eduard Nikolaev, Sergey Savostin and Vladimir Rybakov), along with a 16th success in the car category (victory of Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Peaul Cottret on Mini).View the 2013 Dakar Rally video
2013 LE MANS 24 HOURS
MICHELIN succeeded in claiming its 16th straight Le Mans win in 2013, taking its total to 22 victories. Meanwhile, Audi stormed to a 12th success in La Sarthe thanks to the drivers of the N°2 Audi e-tron quattro Loïc DUVAL, Allan McNISH and Tom KRISTENSEN. The latter collected his ninth Le Mans win, a new record.View the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours video
- LMP1: Audi Sport Team Joest-MICHELIN
- LMGTE Pro: Porsche AG Team Manthey-MICHELIN
- LMGTE Am: Porsche IMSA Matmut-MICHELIN
This year, the Le Mans 24 Hours celebrated its 90th anniversary. MICHELIN won the inaugural race in 1923 with Chenard & Walcker. The 2013 race was saddened by the tragic death of Danish driver Allan SIMONSEN (N°95 Aston Martin-MICHELIN) following a crash less than 10 minutes after the start.
2013 WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP (WEC)
AUDI and MICHELIN claimed their second straight Manufacturers’ title. Le Mans winners Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval (Audi) took the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship’s Drivers’ title.
2013 World Rally Championship (WRC)
MICHELIN notched up its 21st Drivers’ crown with Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) at October’s Rallye de France-Alsace. It was the French pair’s first world title. The 2013 RallyRACC-Rally de Espana saw Volkswagen’s Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala earn MICHELIN’s 23rd Manufacturers’ title in the FIA World Rally Championship since 1973.
2013 NÜRBURGRING 24 HOURS
MICHELIN and BMW finished second thanks to the n°25 car of the BMW Sports Trophy Marc VDS team. A strong performance of consistency and versatility in the “Green Hell”, which has never been so aptly named: the race was stopped for more than 9 hours due to heavy rain and fog!
The BMW-MICHELIN sat on the podium between two Mercedes SLS AMG GT3. Like Audi last year, this was the first success of the three-pointed star in this event. It was the 41st edition of the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the first one was in 1970. The lay-out follows the northern part of the famous Nordschleife, along with the F1 circuit. Each year, no less than 179 cars in around 20 different classes take to the track of this classic-25km-circuit, composed of 89 corners.
2013 AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES
MICHELIN won the first and the last races of the American Le Mans Series’ 15-year history. With a total score of 139 race victories to its name, MICHELIN won this year’s LMP1, LMP2 and GT titles.
The American Le Mans Series will merge with Grand-Am in 2014 to form the United SportCar Championship. The new series will kick off with the 24 Hours of Daytona in January.
2013 EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES
MICHELIN won the LMP2 Drivers’ and Teams’ titles with Signatech-Alpine and Nelson Panciatici/Pierre Ragues to celebrate Alpine’s return to endurance racing for the first time since its Le Mans triumph in 1978.
2013 INTERCONTINENTAL RALLY CHALLENGE (IRC)
MICHELIN won the new look FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) with the Czech driver Jan Kopecky (Skoda Fabia S2000).
2013 ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
MICHELIN won two titles: the Junior crown (with Matthew Phillips, Husqvarna) and the Ladies’ title (Laia Sanz, KTM).
2013 CAMPEONATO DE ESPAÑA DE VELOCIDAD (CEV)
MICHELIN picked up its fourth consecutive CEV Stock/Extreme title with Xavier Fores (Ducati). MICHELIN partners won all nine races of the championship and monopolised the medals at the end of the year thanks to Fores, Carmelo Morales (Kawasaki) and Ivan Silva (BMW Motorrad).
2013 TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Another grand slam season for Toni Bou (MONTESA MICHELIN) who claimed his seventh straight Outdoor crown and seventh straight Indoor title.
2013 FIM CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Victory on the Rallye du Maroc, the last of the championship’s six rounds, saw Paolo Goncalves (Honda-MICHELIN) clinch the world title ahead of the six-time champion Marc Coma (KTM-MICHELIN).
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