FIA WRC

Hyundai/Michelin’s Sordo wins the day in Sardinia

Dani Sordo’s 163rd world class start saw the 36-year old Spaniard claim the second WRC win of his career at the 2019 Rally Italia Sardegna, one of the championship’s most punishing tests of tyres. Ott Tänak led until a power-steering problem delayed him on the week’s final stage, which allowed Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin) and Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai/Michelin) to clinch second and third places. Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda/Michelin) topped the WRC2 Pro order once again.

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Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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More than 7,500 WRC stage victories* for Michelin rubber!

Last weekend’s Tour de Corse in France took Michelin’s score of fastest FIA World Rally Championship stage times past the 7,500 barrier.

In the course of the 46-plus years that have elapsed since the FIA World Rally Championship’s creation in 1973, the French tyre company has clocked up no fewer than 331 outright victories and 54 world crowns – yet another way of delivering on its “winning performance that lasts” promise.

Michelin runners have won on all the types of terrain thrown at them by the series, and in all manner of weather conditions, in association with 57 different drivers and 17 different car makes. This tally makes it the most successful tyre brand in the history of the WRC which authorises open competition between manufacturers.

Michelin has long viewed rallying’s showcase and the roads and tracks it visits as an invaluable proving ground for new technologies which must be capable of coping with extreme conditions ranging from stones, rocks and mud, to dust, rain and snow, etc., the aim being to carry over the lessons it learns to its road tyres.

In 1973, for example, Michelin introduced a major innovation in the form of radial technology which has since become the norm for road tyres. Meanwhile, the current Michelin Pilot Sport WRC tyre shares numerous technologies that have been tried and tested in rallying with the company’s Pilot Sport range, including the Pilot Sport 4 SUV which was revealed at the recent Geneva Motor Show and which also delivers optimum, consistent performance all the way down to its wear indicator bars.

Michelin won the very first stage of the World Rally Championship when French Alpine-Renault drivers Jean-Claude Andruet and Bernard Darniche tied on ‘Pont des Miolans’ (26km), the opening test of the 1973, Monte Carlo Rally.

Its 1,000th stage victory came in New Zealand, in 1984, courtesy Walter Röhrl who was fastest on SS1 in his Audi Quattro A2. The 5,000th was the work of Carlos Sainz (SS10 / Turkey / 2003).

The threshold of 7,500 fastest stage times was reached last Friday when Estonia’s Ott Tanak and his Toyota Yaris WRC posted the best effort on the twisty Alta-Rocca test (17km).

FIA Formula E

Vergne scores second straight Formula E crown!

DS Techeetah/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the 2019 New York City E-Prix as the first driver in Formula E history to claim the title twice. The Frenchman successfully defended his 2017/2018 crown after the weekend’s doubleheader meeting in New York City, USA, which produced wins for Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin). DS Techeetah/Michelin is Season 5’s Teams’ champion.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez in control at the Sachsenring

Since the start of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has failed to go two consecutive races without winning. This weekend, true to form, the Spaniard bounced back from his Netherlands defeat to score an assertive victory at Germany’s Sachsenring where he was joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland - Racecard

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MotoGP™: Viñales and Yamaha hit top form at Assen

The Motul TT Assen –round eight of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales, ahead of Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT). Every one of the six Michelin tyre specifications available for the race was used, with three different specs making it onto the podium to provide a further illustration of the French products’ performance and versatility.

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