WEC - Michelin and its partners pleased with ELMS and FIA WEC Prologue tests at Monza
The official pre-season European Le Mans Series test on March 28-29 was followed by this year’s FIA WEC Prologue which brought the 2017 World Endurance Championship’s runners to Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on April 1-2. With the calendars of both competitions due to kick off at Silverstone, United Kingdom, on April 15-16, the profile of the Italian venue enabled them to collect valuable data and information in readiness for this year’s series, including for Le Mans whose fast top speeds, high cornering speeds, heavy braking and need for high downforce are replicated to a certain extent at Monza.
The ELMS test went well for Michelin, especially in the LM P2 class where its tires posted the fastest lap of the week (1m36.461s) thanks to Olivier Pla in the IDEC Sport Racing-run Ligier JS P2 17. This weekend’s FIA WEC Prologue then enabled Michelin and its LM P1 and LM GTE Pro partners to evaluate the firm’s latest endurance racing tires across a wide spectrum of conditions.