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18 June 2013

Michelin signs as official tire supplier of the 2013 Asian Le Mans Series

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After a three-year hiatus, the Asian Le Mans Series is finally coming back in 2013. And who better to supply the tires during it's comeback season than Michelin.
Serge Grisin, Michelin’s Four-wheel Motorsport Program Director, and Mark Thomas, Managing Director of the Asian Le Mans Series, signed a deal which will see Michelin supply tires and associated services in 2013 to the Asian Le Mans Series. The event is organized by the Asian Endurance Operating Company Limited and sanctioned by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO).
“Michelin will work together with all the drivers who contest the 2013 Asian Le Mans Series, professionals and amateurs alike, providing them with racing tires that are safe, competitive and durable, as well as with services and technical advice which are the fruit of decades of success in endurance racing”, remarked Serge Grisin.
The 2013 Asian Le Mans Series will have it's inaugural round at the Inje Autopia Circuit in South Korea on August 4. It will then be followed by Fuji Speedway, Japan on September 22, Zhuhai International Circuit, China on October 13, and rounding up the season, Sentul International Circuit, Indonesia on December 8.
“We are delighted to have Michelin on-board with us for this season which is very important for the development of the Asian Le Mans Series,” says Mark Thomas.
ACO is expecting around 16 to 18 cars for the relaunched season. Classes will include LMP2, LMPC, GTC, and GTC Am. Rule changes also now allows cars running in the Japanese Super GT's GT300 class to join in GTC. Meanwhile, GTC Am was established to lure in teams from the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Porsche Cup Asia, Ferrari Challenge Asia, Audi R8 LMS Cup Asia, and Lotus Cup Asia.
Michelin will handle logistics and provide service to teams in all rounds of the series. Technicians will be on-hand to help the drivers in their tires choices, while their analysis of how the tires perform in races as a function on the type of car, track profile, and driving style will enable valuable information to be fed back to Michelin.