News 08.06.2011

Motul celebrates an enduring relationship with Le Mans

Motul celebrates an enduring relationship with Le Mans

Just as the name “Le Mans” is inextricably linked to sports cars and endurance racing, so the Motul brand is known for the formulation, development and production of world-class endurance lubricants. The long-established French lubricant will once again be present at the famous track alongside sports car racing’s most well-known names, some of which will be bearing the famous Motul colours at the forthcoming 79th edition of the world’s most renowned sports car race.

Taking place on June 11/12 on the 14km track which is made up largely of public roads, Motul is delighted to welcome back to its stable of technical partners the legendary Pescarolo name, returning to LMP1 competition and the La Sarthe event after a break in 2010. Led by four-time Le Mans winner Henri Pescarolo, the team’s Pescarolo-Judd will be piloted by Emmanuel Collard, Christophe Tinseau and Julien Jousse who have already enjoyed race success in 2011 by winning the opening round of the Le Mans Series at Le Castellet.

Pescarolo is one of a number of Le Mans prototype teams exclusively using Motul products, and will be competing against the highly successful Team Oreca Matmut which has entries in LMP1 and LMP2. The Motul-supported LMP2 Oreca-Nissan will be led by Alexandre Premat and the line up includes David Hallyday and Dominik Kraihamer. Joining the prototype group under Motul’s banner will be new partner Greaves Motorsport in LMP2. Karim Ojjeh, Tom Kimber-Smith and Olivier Lombard will be aboard a Zytek Nissan and hoping to emulate the kind of result they had at Le Castellet when they finished third overall.

In the GT categories, Motul is represented by two of the sport’s leading teams. Long-time partner and former Le Mans GT1 winning team Larbre Compétition will be campaigning a Corvette C6R and a Porsche GT3-RSR in the GTE-Am category, while new partner Jota Sport will race an Aston Martin in the GTE-Pro class.

Within the 300V Motul product range, the oil dedicated to racing, the 20W60 lubricant was developed specially to deal with high-performance endurance engines and carries the name “Le Mans” in recognition of the partnership. Endurance racing thus occupies a vital place in Motul’s motorsport strategy and it is this product which will play a vital role in the teams’ attack on the twice-round-the-clock event.

Reinforcing its presence in endurance racing, Motul has renewed its commercial contract with the ACO and visitors to the Le Mans track will see Motul colours prominently displayed, just as they were during the recent MotoGP race. 

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