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14 December 2012

Michelin gets the 2012 Race of Champions rolling in Bangkok

Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of www.raceofchampions.com
 
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After the end of each season, the best of the best racing drivers (and, more recently, motorcycle riders) from around the world come and race against each other to find out who really is the fastest of them all. Hosting the competition since 1988, this is the Race of Champions (ROC); and for the past 25 years, there has only one tire brand that has taken these champions to the chequered flag: Michelin.
 
This year, the ROC moves to the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, where the biggest names from Formula 1, WRC, MotoGP, IndyCar, sports car endurance racing, V8 Supercars, and X-Games battle it out in identical machinery from December 14 to 16, 2012.
 
The selection of machines for 2012 include the Audi R8 LMS, VW Scirocco, Gallardo Super Trofeo, ROC Buggies, KTM X-Bow, Euro Racecar, and the latest addition, the Toyota 86 - all of which will be running on Michelin tires.
 
Michelin Racing Division Director Pascal Couasnon remarked about their involvement in the ROC: “Michelin is proud to have been a technical partner of the Race of Champions since it first began. Race of Champions is about pitting the best drivers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines against each other. The high standard of the competitors, and the competition expected between them means it is only fitting that they have the best possible equipment. Michelin will use its long and successful record in motorsport around the world to ensure this happens.”
 
The roster of drivers that will line up on the grid this Friday consists of Tom Kristensen (WEC), Jorge Lorenzo (MotoGP), Mick Doohan (Former 500c World Champions), Jamie Whincup (V8 Supercars), Romain Grosjean (Formula 1), Sébastien Ogier (WRC), Michael Schumacher (Formula 1), Sebastian Vettel (Formula 1), David Coulthard (DTM), Andy Priaulx (DTM), Benito Guerra (Production WRC), and Ryan Hunter-Reay (IndyCar).
 
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For Michelin, motorsports is not only a place to compete, but also a venue to develop and test their new technology. Their competition tires are developed through experience gained in their championship victories around the globe, which include the WRC and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
At the 25th edition of the ROC, Michelin will bring with them a range of tires from their catalogue that will fit both track conditions and race machinery.