A 23rd consecutive victory for Michelin at Le Mans 24 Hours
• Grand Slam: Michelin wins all four categories
• Tyre longevity record achieved by Gustavo Menezes (Rebellion)
• Flawless tyre performance and consistency in LMP2
• Fewer tyres consumed, more distance covered with Toyota Gazoo Racing
At 2:30pm CEST today (Sunday, September 20), the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid crewed by Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Kazuki Nakajima took the chequered flag to win the 88th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours. Second place fell to the N°1 Rebellion R13 Gibson of Norman Nato, Gustavo Menezes and Bruno Senna, with the N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid shared by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López coming home third to make it an all-Michelin podium. The result also marked the third consecutive triumph in the event for Toyota Gazoo Racing.
In LMP2 – a category in which Michelin was battling against another manufacturer – the United Autosports-run N°22 Oreca 07 Gibson emerged on top in the hands of Paul Di Resta, Filipe Albuquerque and Philip Hanson, underscoring yet again the superiority of Michelin tyres in longdistance races.
In the LMGTE Pro class – in which all competitors chose Michelin as their tyre partner – a sustained and intense duel for glory between Ferrari and Aston Martin was one of the big stories of the weekend. In the end, the N°97 AMR Aston Martin Vantage (Alexander Lynn, Maxime Martin and Harry Tincknell) pipped AF Corse’s N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE EVO (James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Daniel Serra) to the top prize, while the N°95 AMR Aston Martin Vantage (Marco Sørensen, Nikki Thiim and Richard Westbrook) crossed the line in third place.
In LMGTE Am, finally, victory went the way of the N°30 TF Sport crew (Jonny Adam, Charlie Eastwood and Salih Yoluc) in an AMR Aston Martin Vantage. They finished ahead of the N°77 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR (Matt Campbell, Riccardo Pera and Christian Ried) and the N°83 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO of Emmanuel Collard, Nicklas Nielsen and François Perrodo.
Ultimately, Michelin was the biggest winner of this somewhat extraordinary edition of the round-theclock La Sarthe classic, since the French firm ended up with a clean sweep of victories across all four classes.