Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.


Sixth Monte Carlo win for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Ford/Michelin) led the 2018 Rallye Monte-Carlo from start to finish to collect their fifth straight win in the Principality since 2013. Toyota/Michelin drivers Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala joined the French pair on the podium.


First Germany triumph for Ford/Michelin

Ott Tanak collected the second win of his WRC career and earned Ford/M-Sport’s maiden ADAC Rallye Deutschland victory today in Germany. Third place behind Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën/Michelin) enabled Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) to recover the Drivers’ championship lead from Thierry Neuville. Pontus Tidemand (Skoda/Michelin) is the 2017 WRC2 world champion.

After securing his first world class win on dirt earlier this summer in Sardinia, Ott Tanak was back on the top step of the podium today after the all-asphalt Rallye Deutschland.

The M-Sport driver laid the foundations for his success when he chose Michelin’s FW3 ‘full wet’ tyre for Friday afternoon’s downpour in the Mosel Valley vineyards. This rain tyre has been available since 2016, but it was the first time it had been used competitively and it helped the Estonian youngster to complete Leg 1 in front, tailed by Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën/Michelin) who had opted for the same choice.

Tanak went on to defend top spot on Saturday and Sunday – which both enjoyed milder weather, despite threatening clouds – as the rally switched to the Baumholder army ranges and Germany’s Saarland region.

He was joined on the final podium by team-mate Ogier (3rd) who has reappeared at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings with three rounds remaining, 17 points clear of Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) who was delayed by suspension damage on Saturday.

Andreas Mikkelsen bagged an excellent second place on only his third outing in a C3 WRC/Michelin, but it was another nightmare outing for fellow Citroën driver Kris Meeke who was eliminated from contention when he clipped a kerb on Thursday evening’s SS1 (Saarbrücken super-special).

It wasn’t an easy week for Hyundai Motorsport, either. In addition to Neuville’s woes, Dani Sordo crashed on Leg 1 and M-Sport – which was chasing its first ever Rallye Deutschland victory – has appreciably extended its lead in the Manufacturers’ title chase.

There was an interesting fight until the end for the other top places between Juho Hanninen (Toyota/Michelin), Craig Breen (Citroën/Michelin) and Elfyn Evans (Ford) who came fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) was delayed by an engine misfire on Day 1 and had to settle for seventh overall.

Sweden’s Pontus Tidemand and Skoda Motorsport/Michelin sealed this year’s WRC2 crowns, although the class was topped in Germany by Frenchman Eric Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5/Michelin). Early leader Jan Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5/Michelin) from the Czech Republic was second.


Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

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ABB FIA Formula E: Michelin reveals the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show has seen Michelin reveal the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport that will equip the latest-generation FIA ABB Formula E Championship all-electric cars when Season 5 (2018/2019) gets going at the end of the year. 

FIA Formula E

Daniel Abt claims maiden Formula E success

Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) notched up the first Formula E victory of his career at Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix. The German was joined on the podium by Oliver Turvey (2nd, NextEv NIO Sport/Michelin) and Sébastien Buemi (3rd, Renault e.dams/Michelin). 


MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.

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