LE MANS, France (June 20, 2006) — Michelin- and Pirelli-shod teams claimed victory at the 2006 LeMans 24 Hours race, with Michelin-equipped teams taking wins in three of the race's four categories, including the overall race win.
The overall winners, the Team Audi turbo-diesel, set a record, completing 380 laps of the 8.46-mile LeMans course (or 3,216 miles) during the 24-hour contest. For Group Michelin, it was the ninth consecutive overall win and 15th in all. Michelin-equipped competitors took the top 13 spots in the race.
Michelin also equipped the teams that won the LMP2 and GT1 classes, while Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. outfitted the GT2 class winner, a Panoz Esperante campaigned by Team LNT of Great Britain.
“We didn´t have the slightest problem with tires all weekend,” said Marco Werner, one of three drivers in the winning Audi prototype, who lauded Michelin for producing a tire that allowed the team to run them up to three hours at a time, saving valuable time.
Mr. Werner co-drove with Frank Biela of Germany and Emanuele Pirro of Italy.
The race was run June 17-18 in front of an estimated 235,000 spectators.