Not only will mega brands like Mercedes, Ferrari, Audi, Lamborghini, McLaren, Nissan and Porsche be battling it out at Sunday’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour, so too will the tyre powerhouses, Pirelli and Michelin. Both companies have thrown considerable resources into the Aussie ‘round-the-clock enduro.
During the year, Michelin technicians visited the Mount Panorama circuit twice to collect samples of the new track surface – which were boxed up and sent off to Michelin’s France-based Technology Centre for analysis. Pirelli engineers are also well acquainted with the new surface, as it’s similar to the recently repaved Philip Island and New Zealand’s Highland Park – two tracks that Pirelli has competed at as part of the Australian GT Championship.
Michelin Motorsport’s, Trevor Sheumack, commented, “we’re looking forward to the battle, we’re on about 70 per cent of the field – including all the international entries. We also have three highly experienced international engineers here for the weekend, along with seven engineers in the pits looking after 32 teams.” Furthermore, Erebus Motorsport Manager, Barry Ryan, has been quoted as crediting Michelin for their 2013 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour win.
Simon Pool from Pirelli commented that track temperature will be a big factor this year, “we’re expecting track temperatures in the 40 to 50 degrees Celsius range and this will have a big effect on tyre wear. However from our experience at Philip Island, a circuit that places much higher loads on the tyres, we’re confident we’ll have no wear issues. The Pirelli tyres have proven to be very durable with less drop off.”
All of the teams have all chosen their side, with Michelin and Pirelli both coming well-armed. So it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. The 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour is shaping up to be a dead, set cracker. Be sure to catch all the red-hot action.
WATCH THE RACE LIVE ON TV: SBS ONE 3:30pm – 6:30pm, Sunday February 9th.
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The Mountain – The Race – The Magic
February 7th-9th, 2014