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 Shanghai (WEC): victory and title honours for Porsche/Michelin

The 2016 6 Hours of Shanghai saw the N°1 Porsche/Michelin (Bernhard/Webber/Hartley) take the spoils ahead of the N°6 and N°5 Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids of Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi and Davidson/Buemi/Nakajima respectively. Porsche Team won the Team’s crown for the second season running. The Drivers’ title will be settled in Bahrain.

 

 

With the exception of Turn 1, where Brendon Hartley was momentarily passed by Sébastien Buemi, the N°1 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin dominated in China to collect its fourth win of 2016. The result took the German make’s score to six victories so far to clinch the Teams’ endurance world title.

Toyota Gazoo Racing put its two cars onto the podium to prolong the Drivers’ crown suspense until the finale in Bahrain. Indeed, the battle between the N°2 Porsche of provisional championship leaders Dumas/Jani/Lieb (4th) and the Japanese prototypes was a highlight of the afternoon. Toyota eventually stole the advantage by keeping both its machines on the same tyres after their final refuelling stops.

Audi Sport Team Joest, which will curtail its FIA WEC activities at the end of the year, had a troubled time in China. Its two R18s ended up fifth (N°8) and sixth (N°7) after a mid-race collision. It was the first time since the season’s curtain-raiser at Silverstone that neither machine finished has inside the top three.

In LM P2, fourth place for the N°36 Signatech-Alpine (Lapierre/Menezes/Richelmi) sufficed to sew up the class’s Teams’ and Drivers’ endurance trophies. The day’s winner was the N°26 Oreca05-Nissan (G-Drive, Steven/Rusinov/Brundle), ahead of the N°30 and N°43 Ligier-Nissans.

There was another Ford/Michelin one-two in LM GTE Pro with the N°67 (Priaulx/Tincknell) and N°66 (Mücke/Pla) cars after their domination of qualifying. Third was the N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin which increased the Italian make’s lead over Aston Martin in the GT Manufacturers’ championship.

The N°98 Aston Martin Vantage/Michelin (Lamy/Dalla Lana/Lauda) picked up its fifth LM GTE Am victory of the year (its third in a row). Despite tangling on the last lap, the N°78 Porsche/Michelin (KCMG) and N°83 Ferrari/Michelin (AF Corse) joined in the podium celebrations. The LM GTE Am titles will be decided in Bahrain.

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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