Munich (DE), 12th February 2013. The BMW Z4 GTEs in the American Le
Mans Series (ALMS) and the works-supported BMW Z4 GT3s at the
Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE) will take to the track with Michelin as
their tyre partner in the 2013 season. The collaboration began with
joint testing in January, before the maiden race outing together on
16th March 2013 at the 12 Hours of Sebring (US), which traditionally
kicks off the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).
“We are delighted to be working together with Michelin, and are
confident our teams running the BMW Z4 GTE and BMW Z4 GT3 will benefit
from this iconic company’s motorsport experience and from the renowned
quality of its tyres,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
“The durability and performance of the tyres play a crucial role in
motorsport. With Michelin at our side as tyre partner, we are
excellently positioned in both these areas.”
Three different compounds for slicks (hard, intermediate and soft)
will be available for the BMW Z4 GTE in the ALMS, as well as a
compound for wets from Michelin’s “Ultimate” wet tyre range.
“In January we began a series of tests that will involve working with
BMW Motorsport to identify the operating windows and pressures of our
different slicks and also work on the set-up of the new car,” said
Serge Grisin, manager of Michelin’s racing activities. “We are
delighted with the confidence BMW Motorsport has placed in us. Making
sure we live up to these expectations is an extra source of motivation
for me and my team.”
Like BMW Motorsport, Michelin can also look back on a very successful
history in motor racing. Michelin has won numerous titles in Formula
One, at the le Mans 24 Hours (FR), and in rallying.