FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier secures his 7th WRC crown with Michelin

Sébastien Ogier won the 2020 Rally Monza to notch up his 47th world-class victory and the seventh FIA World Rally Championship crown of his career on Michelin tyres. The Italian event was the final outing of the French firm’s current spell in the FIA WRC which has seen it harvest no fewer than 347 victories, 1,037 podium placings and 58 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ world titles since the competition’s creation in 1973, aided by a long list of technological innovations and close working relationships with its driver and carmaker partners.

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1-2 glory for Hyundai/Michelin in Sardinia

Spain’s Dani Sordo collected his second straight Rally Italia Sardegna victory, heading home fellow Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin runner Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

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Michelin wins WRC’s 600th round with Tänak and Hyundai

Reigning world champion Ott Tänak steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC to victory on home soil at Rally Estonia on Sunday. Irishman Craig Breen made it a one-two finish for Hyundai, while Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) rounded out the weekend’s all-Michelin top-three.

After a six-month break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, World Rally Championship action resumed with Rally Estonia, a newcomer to the calendar which – like nearby Rally Finland – is notorious for its extremely fast stages.

The medium-compound Michelin LTX Force M6 took the event’s high average speeds (close to 130kph!) and the changing grip levels caused by overnight showers in its stride to provide a further illustration of its outstanding performance credentials and consistency.

Tänak’s home win was his first with Hyundai Motorsport which celebrated a one-two finish thanks to Breen’s second place.
Toyota/Michelin drivers filled the remaining top-five slots, led by Ogier, who continues to top the provisional championship order, ahead of Elfyn Evans (4th) and Kalle Rovanperä (5th). An early mistake eliminated Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) from the scrap for a top finish.

Rally Estonia was the 600th World Rally Championship event since the latter’s creation in 1973. In addition to winning the WRC’s very first fixture (Monte Carlo Rally), Michelin tyres also won the 100th (Monte Carlo, 1982), 200th (Portugal, 1990), 400th (Argentina, 2005) and 500th (Finland, 2012) rounds. Estonia is the 29th different venue to have hosted a Michelin victory.
The next round of the championship will take teams to Turkey on September 18-20 for what promises to be toughest round for tyres of the 2020 campaign.

Rally Estonia – final positions:
1. Tänak/Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), 1h59m53.6s
2. Breen/Nagle (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +22.2s
3. Ogier/Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC), +26.9s
4. Evans/Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC), +41.9s
5. Rovanperä/Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC), +1m18.7s
6. Suninen/Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +2m39.6s
7. Lappi/Ferm (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +2m52.0s
8. Greensmith/Edmondson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +4m53.8s
9. Solberg/Johnston (VW Polo GTi R5), 7m38.5s (1st, WRC2)
10. Ostberg/Eriksen (Citroën C3 R5), +8m17.3s
Etc.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Qatar glory for Viñales as Michelin plays part in three new records

Sunday’s Barwa Grand Prix of Qatar saw Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) claim the first win of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship, ahead of Johann Zarco (2nd, Pramac Racing) and Francesco Bagnaia (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team). The grip and consistency provided by the MICHELIN Power Slick made an active contribution to the excitement of the year’s opener which produced new track and race lap records, as well as a new top-speed benchmark.  

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New records for Michelin at Sebring

Michelin scooped the top prize at the 2021 12 Hours of Sebring (Florida, USA) which was won by the JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac-DPi-V.R of Frenchmen Loïc Duval, Tristan Vautier and Sébastien Bourdais. Sebring is one of motor racing’s toughest venues for tires and a great track therefore to prepare for the FIA World Endurance Championship which this year kicks off at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on May 1.

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Long-lasting performance in Asia too!

The Michelin Pilot Sport range of endurance racing tyres showcased its winning ability in the recent 2021 Asian Le Mans Series which was hosted by the United Arab Emirates. G-Drive Racing claimed the Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns to earn an invitation to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Michelin to support European Rally Championship youngsters

Michelin has joined forces with Eurosport Events , promoter of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), to organise the ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory for drivers aged under 28.

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