2014 WRC - Another successful mission for the MICHELIN LATITUDE Cross S2 tire

2014 WRC - Another successful mission for the MICHELIN LATITUDE Cross S2

The Lotos Rally Poland celebrated its return to the FIA WRC with several surprises, from fickle weather and a record spectator turn-out in Poland and Lithuania, to the cancellation of two of Thursday’s stages due to crowd numbers and deteriorating conditions, plus a dramatic shootout on the stages.
2014 WRC - Poland - Victory for S Ogiger (VW/Michelin)

Avec deux typologies de sol différentes, des spéciales en partie ou totalement nouvelles, la définition des pistes sur lesquelles se sont livrées bataille les équipes partenaires de Michelin laissait entrevoir de belles bagarres. Et tel a été le cas : après 13 spéciales (sur un total de 24), moins de 25 secondes séparaient les trois premiers !

Entre les tracés relativement doux de la région des lacs, autour de Mikolajki (à plus de 200 km au nord de Varsovie) et ceux de Lituanie, eux aussi très rapides mais recouverts d'une terre plus meuble et également plus abrasive, il fallait mettre à disposition des concurrents un pneu offrant une polyvalence de haut niveau, capable d'apporter à la fois grip, résistance et robustesse. Le MICHELIN LATITUDE Cross S2 était celui-là.

Jacques MORELLI, manager of MICHELIN’s rally programmes: “The soft-compound LATITUDE Cross S2 was perfectly suited to this event. The temperatures were milder than we had been expecting so our partners didn’t need to use our hard-compound alternative, and the surface tended to be quite slippery. Our tires combined performance with safety since the 35 cars which used our products were able to reach top speeds similar to those associated with Rally Finland, i.e. around 200kph, and average speeds were even higher than in Finland on occasions. The robustness and durability of our tires were decisive, especially since the first attempts at the stages contested twice often saw sharp stones become unearthed and ruts cut out for the second passes. Robert KUBICA provided a good illustration of the potential of the MICHELIN LATITUDE Cross S2 when he completed all of SS15 without air in his rear-left tire and only dropped 24.9 seconds in all, of which 15 of which were due to the lack of pressure.”.

Andreas MIKKELSEN reached an average speed of 136.88kph in his VOLKSWAGEN Polo R WRC on SS9 (Wieliczki) on Friday afternoon, which is a record for the German make since its return to the World Rally Championship. That sort of speed is rarely seen in the sport and is the fastest recorded since the start of the 2014 season.

The 2014 Lotos Rally Poland was won by Sébastien OGIER / Julien INGRASSIA in their VOLKSWAGEN Polo R WRC, ahead of team-mates Andreas MIKKELSEN / Ola FLOENE and Thierry NEUVILLE / Nicolas GILSOUL (HYUNDAI i20 WRC).

For this rally, each driver was able to use a maximum of 28 tires (total distance: 1,671km / total competitive distance: 360km) from a total allocation of 28 MICHELIN LATITUDE Cross S2s (including four for shakedown) and 16 H2s, the hard-compound alternative.

Michelin also provided the tires for the 11 cars contesting the JWRC which exclusively features Citroën DS3 R3s.

Michelin and the seventh round of the 2014 World Rally Championship:

- Total number of tires available: 1,300 (including 350 for the JWRC)

- A staff of 14:

  • 1 manager
  • 3 technical advisors
  • 9 fitters
  • 1 press officer


The MICHELIN LATITUDE Cross tires for the FIA WRC

Size: 205/65R15 (17/65-15)
Width: 205mm
Sidewall height: 133mm
Diameter: 15 inches
Tread pattern: asymmetric and directional (a left- and a right-hand side tire)
Weight: 16.4kg
Use: non-sealed surfaces
MICHELIN LATITUDE Cross ‘H2’: hard-wearing, aggressive surfaces, dry conditions, temperatures over 15°C
MICHELIN LATITUDE Cross ‘S2”: smooth gravel, wet or damp, temperatures up to 15° C
MICHELIN LATITUDE Cross ‘H2’: Mexico, Portugal, Italy, Australia and Spain
MICHELIN LATITUDE Cross ‘S2’: Argentina, Poland, Finland and Great Britain

The next round of the FIA World Rally Championship is Rally Finland (July 30-August 3, 2014).