FIA WEC

Porsche and Michelin triumph in Texan heat

Porsche Team collected its third consecutive one-two finish in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship when Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley took the win at Austin, Texas, USA, in the N°2 919 Hybrid, ahead of the similar car of Jani/Lotterer/Tandy. The N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Calado/Per Guidi won the LM GTE class.

FIA WEC

New look for world class endurance racing

Created in 2012, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is to undergo significant changes from next season when the series will straddle two calendar years (2018/2019) and conclude with the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. The LMP1 cars will run to new technical regulations. As a participant in the FIA WEC since the outset, Michelin approves the latest moves.  

FIA WEC

6 Hours of Bahrain (WEC): Audi/Michelin bows out with 1-2 finish

Audi produced a one-two finish in Bahrain to mark its final prototype endurance racing appearance. The race was won by the N°8 R18 (Duval/Di Grassi/Jarvis) ahead of the N°7 sister car (Tréluyer/Lotterer/Fässler). Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb are the 2016 FIA WEC Drivers’ champions, while Ferrari/Michelin won the GT Manufacturers World Cup.

The pole-winning N°8 Audi R18/Michelin dominated the last round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship which ended after nightfall at Sakhir International Circuit today.

Loïc Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis claimed their second win of the season to finish second in the Drivers’ championship, 12.5 points short of Le Mans victors Romain Dumas, Neel Jani et Marc Lieb.

The latter trio was involved in a tangle on Lap 2 but the N°6 Toyota Hybrid of title challengers Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi could manage no better than fifth at the flag.

Mark Webber (N°1 Porsche/Michelin) concluded his glittering career in third place behind the N°7 Audi (Tréluyer/Lotterer/Fässler) as the German make ended an 18-year spell in prototype racing that harvested 107 wins with Michelin.

In LM GTE Pro, victory for the N°95 Vantage handed the Teams’ crown to Aston Martin Racing and the Drivers’ title to Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. The N°51 (Bruni/Calado) and N°71 (Rigon/Bird) Michelin-equipped Ferraris earned the GT Manufacturers’ title for the Italian make.

There was a one-two finish for Porsche/Michelin in LM GTE Am with the N°88 (Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing) and N°78 (KCMG) 911 RSRs after the N°98 Aston Martin/Michelin suffered an engine issue. The class’s Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns ended up in the hands of AF Corse and Emmanuel Collard/François Perrodo/Rui Aguas (N°83 Ferrari/Michelin) respectively.

The LM P2 class was on by the N°26 Oreca-Nissan (G-Drive Racing), ahead of the N°43 Ligier-Nissan (RGR) and the 2016 title-winning N°36 Alpine.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: teams head east to Japan

MotoGPTM kicks off the Pacific-Asian leg of the 2017 world championship this weekend with the Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Round 14), the first of three back-to-back races along with Australia and Malaysia. Provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) stand out as the big favourites for this year’s title. 

FIA WRC

Meeke bounces back in Spain for Citroën/Michelin

Citroën Racing’s Kris Meeke stemmed a recent barren spell with an emphatic victory on the 2017 RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España in his Michelin-equipped Citroën C3 WRC. The Ulsterman was followed over the line by M-Sport team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta WRC/Michelin) whose efforts took the British outfit a step closer to its first Manufacturers’ crown since 2007. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Honda’s Aragon one-two

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón – Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: off to Aragon

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, takes teams to Spain this weekend. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) are provisionally level at the top of the Riders’ standings.  

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