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Michelin extends association with World Endurance Championship

The World Endurance Championship motor-racing series has renewed its partnership with French tyre manufacturer Michelin.
 
The new three-year deal covers the 2018-19 to 2020-21 seasons. Michelin will continue to serve as a technical partner of the WEC and its showpiece race, the Le Mans 24 Hours.
 
Michelin has supported the series since its launch in 2012, but has ties to Le Mans dating back to the original running of the race in 1923.
 
Michelin’s motorsport manager, Pascal Cousanon, said: “The Le Mans 24-Hours race is still the most demanding circuit event in the world and the FIA WEC is currently in a transformation phase that we want to be a part of. We believe in the pertinence of endurance as a vector of innovation.
 
“As a technical partner, Michelin will continue to make its contribution to the spectacle with its tyres as well as transferring technology to series production to help motorists everywhere.”

WEC chief executive Gérard Neveu added: “Michelin has been a long and loyal partner to the WEC, and has contributed greatly to the success of the championship.  It is not only a technical supplier, offering our competitors – both in prototypes and GTE – the consistency and performance they all seek in order to win world-class races, but also a key player in our paddocks in many other ways.  

“It would be hard to imagine the WEC without Michelin, and we are delighted that the continuation of this partnership will allow us to move forward together in these very exciting times for the WEC.”