Rally México, based around the city of Leon, is the first hot gravel event of the season and the first in the WRC since Rally Australia last September. It provides a tough test for the crews, with high altitudes testing their resilience. And with rocks and stones coating the demanding route, tyre performance remains a key factor.
As the Official Tyre Partner for the Porsche championship, Michelin will continue as the exclusive tyre supplier for the entire 2015 season, a supply echoed by all eight Carrera Cup championships worldwide.
After four days of testing a total of 3134 laps were covered, with the performance gains in evidence compared to last year’s Spanish Grand Prix pole time of 1m25.232s. This year’s Pirelli tyres feature a new rear construction, which distributes temperature more evenly and also contributes to a reduction in lap time.
In the frantic final moments of the race, the final four positions were decided on the final lap of the race. Ultimately it was to be the Phoenix Audi R8-LMS in second, and the Aston Martin Vantage of the Hong Kong based Craft Bamboo Racing in third, and the Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3.
On stage six of Rally Sweden, Ukrainian driver Yuriy Protasov – in only his fourth event in a World Rally Car – went fastest of all: his very first stage win at World Rally Car level, having previously won the Ukrainian championship in 2008.
LOW TEMPERATURES AND A VERY ABRASIVE TRACK AT JEREZ:
POSITIVE INITIAL VERDICT FROM DRIVERS ON 2015 TYRES
“The 2015 tyre range will be on track at Jerez in just a few days from now, but in the meantime, we hope you enjoy looking back on the classic 2014 season from a tyre point of view.”
The French tyre manufacturer is set to take over from Bridgestone as the exclusive tyre supplier to the series in 2016. Aoyama will be at all pre-season MotoGP tests, which will feature at least one day of testing on Michelin tyres for the factory test riders.
The inclusion of Bridgestone in the 2015 MA Homologated Tyre List means that riders competing for this year’s ASBK Championship have a choice of four tyre brands.
Kubica’s four fastest times came on three different types of surface – ranging from ice to dry asphalt – using three different types of Pirelli tyres. The Pole was fastest on Sottozero tyres, with and without studs, as well as on the RKSS supersoft tyre