Michelin returns to GT Asia Series as official tire supplier

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MICHELIN is back as the official and exclusive tire supplier of the GT Asia Series the for the Asian region’s leading GT category from 2015. The full 11-race program will begin in South Korea on May 15, said Michelin Philippines chief representative Michael Nunag.

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The GT Asia Series is sanctioned by the FIA as an International Series and is recognized as the region’s leading GT Championship. It is jointly managed and promoted by Motorsport Asia Ltd and the Supercar Club Hong Kong.

“I’m happy to announce that we will be in partnership with Michelin in 2015, re-establishing a link that Motorsport Asia Limited has had with the French manufacturer that first began back in 2006. Since that time we worked directly with Michelin up until 2011 and then indirectly though the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Series, so we have had an unbroken link spanning 19 years,” said David Sonenscher, joint series director of the GT Asia Series.

“We’re looking forward to a strong program in 2015, with some outstanding events, including our first three-hour race at Sepang, following on from what was a big season in 2014,” Sonenscher added.

Michelin Motorsport Asia Pacific Director, Patrick Dias said, “Michelin is proud to have been chosen as the exclusive tire supplier for the GT Asia Series. The importance of the series in Asia, and the quality of the organization was what attracted us to the championship. Michelin has been a strong player in the major Asian motorsport disciplines for decades, and the GT Asia Series has always been at the heart of our growing strategy in the area since its foundation.”

Nunag said, “For Michelin, motorsport is the ultimate test of performance. What we learn on track we use to build our road tires including the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 – the tire chosen as original equipment for many of the manufacturers present in the GT Asia Series.”

He explained Michelin tires deliver exactly what the competitors demand: speed, reliability, and above all, safety. “We will make every effort to provide every driver with the right tire, at the right moment, and also to offer a great show to the public,” Nunag added.

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