Michelin extends its agreement with WRC another three years.
The french tyre giant Michelin has confirmed the reports that its current agreement as the official tyre supplier for the World Rally Championship is extended by three years. An extension of its current agreement with WRC Promoter GmbH will see Michelin continue its commitment to the Word Rally Championship until the end of 2019, and Michelin will remain the WRC’s official tyre during this period. The agreement comes as Michelin bids to secure its 300th WRC victory at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España this weekend, and stands on the verge of sealing its 50th world title in the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships.
According to Michelin motorsport director Pascal Couasnon, Michelin is excited by the task of producing tyres for the new generation of World Rally Cars that will enter the championship next season: “The more powerful cars that are poised to make their debut in 2017 pose a fresh challenge for our engineers whose mission is to continue conceiving tyres that are not only increasingly competitive, but also safer and more versatile.”
WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla opines that the new agreement will strengthen the WRC as it prepares for an exciting new era. “I’m delighted Michelin has furthered its commitment to WRC for another three years. Michelin was winning world rallies when the WRC started, and more than 40 years later it is still on top of the podium, and hoping to reach two more landmarks this weekend.”