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.

FIA WRC

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).

FIA WRC

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.

FIA Formula E

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV lights up the Saudi sky

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV helped Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) and Sam Bird (Jaguar) to win the weekend’s two night-time Formula E e-prix in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyad. Michelin was a founding partner of the championship in 2014.

IMSA

IMSA: The Michelin Pilot Sport’s longevity pays at Daytona

The long-lasting performance credentials of the Michelin Pilot Sport helped the French firm to make a decisive mark at the opening round of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Notorious as a gruelling test of speed and resilience, last weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona on Florida’s east coast was won by the Acura ARX-05 of Taylor/Albuquerque/Rossi/Castroneves who got Michelin’s 2021 endurance racing campaign off to the perfect start. Michelin has been a major partner of the North American series since 2019 and is this year working with no fewer than 18 carmakers.

FIA WEC

Michelin and endurance racing’s hybrid prototype era

The 2020 8 Hours of Bahrain in November brought the age of hybrid LMP1 prototypes to a close. Introduced in 2012, these technologically-sophisticated machines notched up 61 world-class endurance racing wins, all on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres which delivered on their Performance-Made-to-Last promise. From 2021, the hybrid generation will make way for a new breed of Hypercars.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Miguel Oliveira reigns supreme on home soil

The final clash of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship at Portimão was won in assertive fashion by local star Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3). The Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal’s pole-sitter comfortably outdistanced Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who made it three different bikemakers and two different MICHELIN Power Slick pairings on the podium.

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