LE MANS, France (June 18, 2003) — Racing teams with Michelin tires swept the top 10 spots in the 24-hour Le Mans race in France June 14-15, the tire maker said.
Last year, Michelin tires were on nine of the top 10 finishers, and this year was the sixth consecutive overall race win at Le Mans, the tire maker said. Michelin teams represented 27 of the 50-car field.
The winning Bentley Speed 8 car No. 7 and runner-up No. 8 were required to race on tires two inches narrower than the traditional LMP 900 class prototypes to offset the aerodynamic advantage of the Bentleys' enclosed cockpits. In response, Michelin said it delivered a new generation of tires tested at the 12 Hours of Sebring race in March in Florida and refined for the Le Mans race.