The long lasting, high performance of the Michelin N2 tyre has been proven this weekend at Phillip Island. This round saw a change in format in the Porsche Carrera Cup from the normal sprint race format, to a mini-endurance Pro/Am format.
The weekend saw tight, hard fought battles throughout the entirety of both hour long races in the Porsche Carrera Cup. Quick lap times, including a new lap record, were set right up until the end of the second race. While it was the combination of Shane Smollen and Nick Percat that took the round win, the lap record fell to Scott McLaughlin in the Grove Racing Porsche.
The Grove Racing team opted not to change their Michelin tyres during the driver change, meaning they ran the full hour race on the same set of tyres. These tyres had also been run in qualifying. With McLaughlin behind the wheel and chasing down the pack, they were able to consistently set quick lap times. It was on lap 33 of the 36 lap race that McLaughlin set the new Carrera Cup lap record.
Speaking after the race, round winner Nick Percat said he enjoyed his successful return to the Carrera Cup series.
“The tyre and chassis combination is just awesome; the package compliments a really aggressive driving style. Having a tyre like this Michelin tyre that can last so long and has so much grip is a good thing,” said Nick.
The winner of the second race, Nick Foster, also praised the performance of the Michelin tyres.
“At the end of the race my co-driver was still pumping out really quick times; he was actually not far off his qualifying time. That really shows how well the tyre has performed this weekend, and is a testament to just how good the Michelin tyres are,” said Foster.
This weekend the teams ran an additional set of Michelin tyres, meaning they had three sets to run over two, half hour qualifying sessions, as well as the two, one hour long endurance races.