FIA WRC

Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

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Neuville earns Michelin’s 25th Rally Argentina win

Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul followed up their Tour de Corse victory in March with victory this weekend in Argentina to clock up Michelin’s 25th success on the South American event. Andreas Mikkelsen came second to provide Hyundai Motorsport/Michelin with its first one-two finish since 2017, while Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin) scored his 75th world class podium finish.

The weekend’s result means that Michelin has now won Rally Argentina no fewer than 25 times – with 10 different carmakers – since 1981.

The South American event has long been reputed for its varied, technically demanding stages which call for strong, versatile, high-performance tyres, but the latter’s task was made even more complex than usual this time around by poor weather. Indeed, heavy rain fell over the Villa Carlos Paz region during the week before the start to make the conditions exceptionally muddy. The organisers even took the decision to cancel SS3 for safety reasons.

Despite the adverse conditions, the medium-compound Michelin LTX Force M6 (medium) – which is capable of clearing 30 litres of water per second – successfully provided the world’s fastest rally drivers with the grip and traction performance they needed to cover the Argentine tests at average speeds in excess of 100kph!

Championship pace-setter Neuville took advantage of his running order (first on the road) to complete the opening leg in first place, ahead of Ogier, Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin), Kris Meeke (Toyota/Michelin) and Mikkelsen.

Tänak hit the ground running on Day 2 to close the gap to his Belgian rival but his bid was ultimately thwarted by an electrical problem on SS14. Ogier and Meeke lost time on Saturday, too, which enabled Mikkelsen to emerge in second place behind Neuville.

The Hyundai Motorsport/Michelin pair finished off the job on Sunday’s classic El Condor and Mina Clavero tests and, with the sun now shining brightly, Neuville went on to collect his 11th world class win, and his second Argentina victory in three years. Hyundai Motorsport notched up its first one-two result since Poland 2017 and Mikkelsen finished on the podium for the first time since Sweden 2018.

Third place ended up in the hands of Ogier whose mission was facilitated when Meeke was handed a 10-second penalty on Saturday evening for having failed to follow the official route on SS11. The Toyota driver managed to squeeze past the reigning champion on Sunday morning but the Frenchman responded by winning the Power Stage to clinch a footing on the podium.

Michelin Latitude Cross runners shrugged off competition from competitors on rival tyres to finish on top in WRC2 Pro (with Mads Ostberg, Citroën C3 R5), in WRC2 (Pedro Heller, Ford Fiesta R5) and in the ‘National’ rally standings (Alejandro Galanti, Toyota Etios R5).

Teams will remain in South America for the next round of the WRC which will take them to Chile in two weeks’ time.

MOTOGP™

Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.

24H du Mans

Sixty-two entries for last Le Mans to star hybrid LMP1 prototypes

Le Mans organiser ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has listed the 62 entries that have been invited to take part in the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 13-14. More than 50 cars will contest the race on Michelin rubber. The French firm is targeting its 23rd straight win in La Sarthe and its 29th in total. Hybrid LMP1 prototypes will appear for the last time.

FIA Formula E

Da Costa (DS Techeetah/Michelin) takes Marrakech laurels

Antonio Felix Da Costa steered his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped DS E-Tense FE20 to victory in Marrakesh, home of Round 5 of the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Morocco, Africa’s number one nation in terms of renewable energy, has hosted Formula E action every year since 2016.

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