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Tänak wins in Wales

The 2019 Wales Rally GB – Round 12 of the FIA World Rally Championship – was won by Toyota/Michelin’s Ott Tänak, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). The all-new Michelin Latitude Cross S70 helped Kalle Rovanperä to claim the WRC2 Pro spoils and clinch the class’s title.

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Citroën/Michelin score 1-2 honours in Turkey

The 2019 Rally Turkey saw winner Sébastien Ogier and second-placed Esapekka Lappi earn Citroën’s 30th one-two finish in the FIA World Rally Championship. Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai/Michelin) was third, while Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin) still tops the Drivers’ standings despite finishing a long way down the order.

Three weeks after the Toyota Yaris WRC harvested its first one-two-three WRC result in Germany, an event where both Citroëns suffered, Rally Turkey produced the French team’s 30th one-two finish (its first since Argentina 2015) thanks to Ogier and Lappi.

The defending world champion all but sealed his 47th WRC triumph on Saturday morning’s Yesibelde stage which he won thanks to a bold tyre choice and careful management of his rubber over the stony 33km test.

Instead of siding with his rivals who opted for hard-compound Michelin LTX Force H4s all round, Ogier left the preceding service halt carrying three medium LTX Force M6s and two H4s, before showcasing his tyre-management ability by completing the stage 42 seconds faster than Tänak, while Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) lost four minutes after going off.

Rally Turkey is the most punishing round of the WRC and the dusty stages that twist through the wooded mountains near the seaside resort of Marmaris are littered with rocks, some of which are as big as footballs.

Tyres are consequently put to a huge test and, this year, stages like Cetibeli (38.15km) and Yesibelde saw Michelin’s LTX Force tyres soak up incessant knocks and punishment for between 25 and 30 minutes at a time running at temperatures in excess of 120°C, conditions that not only showcased their resilience and consistency but also highlighted the drivers’ confidence in the French firm’s products.

A further example of this confidence came when the 2019 championship’s pace-setter Tänak chose just one spare for the four stages of Sunday’s long 39-kilometre loop in a bid to lighten his Yaris WRC as much as possible, a tactic that helped him to reap five bonus points by winning the Power Stage.

Mikkelsen ended up third despite late pressure from Teemu Suninen (4th, Ford/Michelin), while Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) was fifth, ahead of Toyota/Michelin’s Jari-Matti Latvala (6th) and Kris Meeke (7th), an outcome that has given Hyundai some breathing space over Toyota Gazoo Racing in the Manufacturer’s points table.

Michelin topped the WRC2 Pro order, too, thanks to Gus Greensmith who survived a roll after the end of the penultimate stage to collect the new Ford Fiesta R5 Mk2’s maiden world-class victory. Michelin Latitude Cross runners won 14 of the 17 stages in the combined WRC2 Pro/WRC2 category.

The next round of the 2019 FIA WRC will take teams to Great Britain for Wales RallyGB (Round 12) on October 3-6.

2019 Rally Turkey – final classification:

1. Ogier/Ingrassia (Citroën C3 WRC), 3h50m12.1s

2. Lappi/Ferm (Citroën C3 WRC),+34.7s

3. Mikkelsen/Jaeger (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +1m4.5s

4. Suninen/Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +1m35.1s

5. Sordo/Del Barrio (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +2m25.9s

6. Latvala/Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC), +2m59.1s

7. Meeke/Marshall (Toyota Yaris WRC), +3m53.3s

8. Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +5m34.8s

9. Tidemand/Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +7m22.9s

10. Greensmith/Edmonson (Ford Fiesta R5 Mk2) (1st, WRC2 Pro), +15m18.7s

Etc.

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Seventh heaven for Toyota/Michelin at Fuji

Seven is a lucky number in Japan. It is also the number of times Toyota/Michelin has won its home round – the 6 Hours of Fuji – since the FIA World Endurance Championship’s creation in 2012. This year’s victory went to the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley, chased by the N°7 sister car of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. Michelin came first in all four classes thanks to the N°29 Oreca07-Gibson in LMP2, and the N°95 and N°90 Aston Martins in LMGTE Pro and Am.

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MotoGP™: Márquez claims victory and the 2019 title in Thailand

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) finished on top after a splendid scrap with Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) to collect his ninth win of the year and put the seal on his eighth world crown – his sixth at MotoGPTM level. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was third as Michelin tyres contributed to a grand slam of new records (fastest lap, fastest race lap, top speed and race duration) thanks to its MICHELIN Power Slick range which proved a perfect match for the challenge of Buriram.  

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