Michelin reports exclusively on Audi Sport’s winning formula for Le Mans 2012

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Michelin met up with some important members of Audi Sport Team Joest at Silverstone last year, including racing driver Allan McNish and Head of Audi Motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich to find out the team’s aspirations for Le Mans 2012. Last year was definitely an eventful year for McNish. No motorsport fan will forget his terrifying crash during 24 Hours of Le Mans 2011 but with a new year, comes a new challenge.

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Michelin met up with some important members of Audi Sport Team Joest at Silverstone last year, including racing driver Allan McNish and Head of Audi Motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich to find out the team’s aspirations for Le Mans 2012.

Last year was definitely an eventful year for McNish. No motorsport fan will forget his terrifying crash during 24 Hours of Le Mans but with a new year, comes a new challenge.

In this exclusive interview filmed by Michelin at the end of a roller-coaster ride for Audi at Le Mans in June 2011, Allan McNish shares his predictions for the upcoming year and how it will be a very important one for both Audi and Michelin.

This exclusive video footage also features commentary from Dr Ullrich, who is looking further ahead to 2014 when new endurance racing rules come into force. He speaks about how the rules will bring completely new cars and challenges, and whether the new Audi will be based on the R18 or look completely different. One thing he does report is that Audi recognise the strength of their competition and how it is necessary to continually develop their car to win.

Review the footage to find out more.

Michelin also tracked down Audi Sport race engineer Howden 'H' Haynes who reflects on Audi’s race-winning five stints on a single set of Michelin tyres at Le Mans 2011. Audi lost all but one car during the race, but that one car won by a 13 second margin. Haynes acknowledges the huge contribution Michelin’s tyre performance made to the overall race result. He makes the point that if the car can drive longer on a set of tyres then they will save the 20 seconds it takes to change them.

Click here to relive 2011 Le Mans in the exclusive interview.

Michelin
With more than 111,000 employees and sales organisations in more than 170 countries, Michelin is the worldwide leader in tyre manufacture. Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tyres for every type of vehicle, including aircraft, cars, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, trucks, motorcycles and even the US space shuttle. Michelin has 70 production sites in 18 countries throughout five continents. The Company also publishes travel guides, hotel & restaurant guides, maps and road atlases, and offers electronic mobility support services on ViaMichelin.com. Research and development is undertaken in technology centres in Europe, USA and Japan.

For further press information please contact:
Paul Cordle, Michelin Press Office
Tel: + 44 (0) 1782 402341    
Email: paul-m.cordle(at)uk.michelin(dot)com

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