Mini All4 Racing-Pilot Nani Roma gewinnt auf Reifen von Michelin erstmals die Pkw-Wertung der „Dakar"

Mini All4 Racing-Pilot Nani Roma gewinnt auf Reifen von Michelin erstmals die Pkw-Wertung der „Dakar"

20.01.2014: Der französische Reifenkonzern ist seit 2001 in der Pkw-Wertung des Wüstenklassikers ungeschlagen

Der französische Reifenkonzern ist seit 2001 in der Pkw-Wertung des Wüstenklassikers ungeschlagen


Zehn Jahre nach seinem – ebenfalls auf Reifen von Michelin errungenen – Sieg in der Motorradklasse der berühmten Rallye Dakar hat sich der Spanier Nani Roma erstmals auch in der Pkw-Kategorie in die Annalen dieses Wüstenklassikers eingetragen.


Mit seinem Mini All4 Racing des deutschen Teams X-Raid konnte der 41-Jährige auf der 13. und letzten Etappe die am Vortag verlorene Führung wieder zurückerobern. Nach mehr als 5.500 Wettbewerbskilometern lag der Katalane bei der Zieldurchfahrt im chilenischen Valparaiso gerade mal 5.38,0 Minuten vor seinem Teamkollegen, dem elffachen „Dakar"-Sieger Stéphane Peterhansel.


Rang drei sicherte sich mit Nasser Al-Attiyah aus Katar ein weiterer Mini-Pilot auf Reifen des französischen Spezialisten.


Für Michelin ist dieser Sieg der zweite seit der Rückkehr der Premiummarke zu diesem Event im Jahr 2013 und der 17. Sieg in der Pkw-Wertung überhaupt. Hinzu kommen elf Erfolge der Tochtermarke BFGoodrich zwi-schen 2002 und 2012 bei der Wüsten-Rallye. Die Michelin Gruppe ist somit seit 2001, als Jutta Kleinschmidt im Mitsubishi Pajero triumphierte, in der Pkw-Kategorie dieses Klassikers ungeschlagen.



Dünen, Sand, Steine – die Dakar ist eine Tortur für Reifen


Gut 65 Prozent der 147 Starter in der Pkw-Wertung setzten auch in diesem Jahr wieder auf Pneus von Michelin. Die Fahrzeuge der T1-Kategorie rollten dabei auf dem bewährten MICHELIN Latitude C in der Größe 245/80 R 16 – ein zweiter Reifentyp ist in dieser Klasse ebenso wenig zulässig wie eine automatische Reifendruckkontrolle oder pannenresistente Bib-Mousse-Systeme.


Dies bedeutet: Ein und der gleiche Pneu muss hohen Temperaturen bei hohen Geschwindigkeiten ebenso standhalten wie harten Schlägen, mit denen scharfkantige Felsen und Steine die Grundkonstruktion malträtieren. Zugleich bietet er in tiefem Sand genügend Traktion für zuverlässiges Vorankommen und trägt auch schwere Rennwagen, die zum Teil mehr als 2,0 Tonnen wiegen, über mehr als 600 Wettbewerbskilometer sicher ins Ziel.

 
Sein Potenzial und seine Robustheit hat der Latitude C als Allrounder erneut unter Beweis gestellt: Partner von Michelin gewannen elf der dreizehn Etappen. Vier Bestzeiten gingen dabei auf das Konto von Stéphane Peterhansel – der mit nunmehr 65 Tagessiegen einen neuen „Dakar"-Rekord aufstellte.

 
- Michael Küster, Photo Michelin

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