Citroën and Michelin: a winning combination in the WRC

Citroën has announced its intention to curtail its involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship. Together, the French car firm and Michelin have harvested five Manufacturers’ titles, four Drivers’ crowns, 58 world-class wins and 150 podium finishes.


Rally Australia cancellation hands WRC crown to Hyundai, with Michelin*

Raging fires in New South Wales have forced Rally Australia’s organisers to cancel the curtain-closing round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. Their decision has handed this season’s Manufacturers’ title to Hyundai which has earned Michelin’s 56th WRC crown in the process. 


1-2-3 glory for Toyota/Michelin in Germany

Ott Tänak claimed a third straight victory in Germany where he was joined on the Rallye Deutschland podium by Toyota/Michelin team-mates Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala. Michelin scooped the top prize in WRC2 Pro, too, in association with Skoda Motorsport.

True to tradition, the outcome of this year’s Rallye Deutschland was settled more or less by the classic 41-kilometre, part-concrete/part-asphalt Panzerplatte stage which scuppered the challenges of both Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin), who was battling for the lead at the time, and six-time world champion Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin).

Toyota Yaris WRC drivers were fastest on 11 of the week’s 19 stages, with Tänak claiming eight of those on his way to his fifth victory of the season.
The Estonian’s team-mates Meeke and Latvala made it an all Toyota podium, the Japanese make’s first one-two-three finish in world class rallying after the 10 one-twos and two one-two-three-four results it secured between 1982 and 2018.

Hyundai/Michelin’s Neuville (4th) and Sordo (5th) were the only two drivers who succeeded in contesting Toyota’s supremacy, while Esapekka Lappi and Ogier ended up sixth and eighth for Citroën/Michelin.

Tyre choices were simplified by the bright, hot summer weather, with Michelin’s partners opting for the hard-compound H5 version of the Pilot Sport from start to finish for the mixed-profile stages.
The steep, narrow Moselle Valley vineyard tests on Friday and Sunday effectively called for steering precision and fast warm-up performance, while Saturday morning’s visit to the Saarland region’s flowing country lanes called for lateral and longitudinal grip, and Saturday afternoon’s Panzerplatte – the most abrasive stage of the season – placed the accent on strength, durability and consistency.
Skoda/Michelin finished on top again in the WRC2 Pro battle with Jan Kopecky whose mission was facilitated by the small mistakes made by his team-mate Kalle Rovanperä. Eric Camilli was second in the new Ford Fiesta R5/Michelin.
WRC action will resume on September 12-15 with Round 11 in Turkey.

2019 ADAC Rallye Deutschland – final positions:
1. Tänak-Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC), 3h15min29s8
2. Meeke-Marshall (Toyota Yaris WRC), +20s8
3. Latvala-Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC), +36s
4. Neuville-Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +58s5
5. Sordo-Del Barrio (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +1min16s6
6. Mikkelsen-Jaeger (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), 1min46s2
7. Ogier-Ingrassia (Citroën C3 WRC), +1min56s3
8. Lappi-Ferm (Citroën C3 WRC), +2min02s2
9. Greensmith-Edmonson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +6min22s2
10. Katsuta-Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC), +8min19s2…


Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

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Formula E: Britons rule at 2019/2020 curtain raiser in Saudi Arabia

Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) took the two wins at the opening meeting of the 2019/2020 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Michelin has been the official tyre supplier to the FIA’s all-electric racing series since its creation in 2014.


MotoE: Ferrari claims inaugural Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup

Fifth place at the last round of the 2019 Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup sufficed for Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to become the new competition’s first champion. The weekend’s two races were won by pole-winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing). 


MotoGP™: Márquez wraps up 2019 with home success

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana was won by Spaniard Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) was second, while Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. All three riders chose the same tyre combination for the 19th and last round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship.  

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