WRC 2017 - GERMANY - The MICHELIN Pilot Sport H5, MICHELIN Pilot Sport S5 and MICHELIN Pilot Sport FW3 tyres play central role
Following the availability for the first time of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport FW3 in Germany this time last year, the 2017 ADAC Rallye Deutschland saw Michelin’s WRC ‘full wet’ rain tyre make its competitive debut on the third asphalt contest of the season after the Rallye Monte-Carlo and the Tour de Corse-Rallye de France.
The route featured a total length of 1,165.25km, including 309.17km divided into 21 stages which provided crews with the event’s traditional mixed bag of characteristics. Friday’s tests through the Mosel Valley’s vineyards saw heavy rain sweep over the area during the afternoon, while Saturday’s programme took competitors to the awesome Baumholder military ranges and the infamous Panzerplatte runs. Having moved from its former base in Trier, this year’s service park had a more rural setting on the shores of the Bostalsee lakeside activity centre, around 60km from the rally’s previous headquarters.
Michelin’s WRC partners were able to choose between the soft-compound S5 and the harder H5 MICHELIN dry-weather tyres, while the MICHELIN Pilot Sport FW3 was an alternative in the case of heavy rain. The Pilot Sport S5 tended to be the preferred choice for the weekend’s mixed conditions, notably for the mornings’ cooler temperatures, but the H5 appeared when the sun came out and for the weekend’s longer stages. Meanwhile, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport FW3 showcased its value and performance potential when the weather took a turn for the worse on Friday afternoon.