FIA WRC

Tänak earns Michelin’s 333rd WRC victory

The first Rally Chile to count towards the FIA World Rally Championship was won by Estonia’s Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin) who notched up Michelin’s 333rd WRC success in the process. French world champions Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin) and Sébastien Loeb (Hyundai/Michelin) were second and third, while WRC2 victor was the young Finnish Michelin runner Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda). 

FIA WRC

FIA WRC - COPEC Rally Chile - Racecard

All you ever wanted to know about the Rally Chile, 6th round of the World Rally Championship (WRC).Click on the photo to download the racecard.

FIA WRC

Ogier claims fifth Rally Mexico win

The 2019 Rally Mexico saw Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin) win the North American event for the fifth team to become the first driver to reach the score of 2,000 World Rally Championship points. Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin) and Elfyn Evans (Ford/Michelin) pocketed the silver and bronze medals, while Skoda/Michelin collected a one-two finish in WRC2.

Ogier dominated the 15th Rally Mexico to count towards the WRC, aided by the fact that – for once – he had less ‘road sweeping’ to do on Day 1 because he was third on the road. That helped him to post four fastest stage times and complete Friday’s action in front.

The next day, with the exception of a brief appearance of Toyota’s Kris Meeke at the top of the leaderboard, the Frenchman successfully defended his advantage and went on to take his fifth Rally Mexico victory which have been achieved in three different cars, but all on Michelin rubber. The Frenchman also collected the five Power Stage bonus points up for grabs in addition to chalking up Citroën’s eighth win on the event from 15 starts.

After the recent wintry Rally Sweden, crews faced a suffocating cocktail of dust and heat in Mexico, with ground temperatures peaking at almost 50°C in the mountains near Leon. The factory drivers essentially chose the medium-compound Michelin LTX Force M6 for the morning’s loops before switching to the harder LTX Force H4 for the afternoon runs.

There were several cases of damaged wheel rims due to the many stones that carpeted the stages, but Michelin’s tyres had the situation covered and no drivers were forced to stop and change a wheel mid-stage.

The gruelling conditions took their toll on many of the WRC runners in other ways, however, with Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin), Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai/Michelin), Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) and Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) all in trouble on Day 1, while Esapekka Lappi (Citroën/Michelin) and Kris Meeke (Toyota/Michelin) lost ground on the second leg.

Tänak overcame the handicap of running first on the road on Friday to reach third place by Saturday evening, 2.2s short of Evans. Sunday’s action saw their battle turn in the Estonian’s favour, while Hyundai/Michelin’s Thierry Neuville finished just shy of the podium.

The top five was rounded out by Meeke, ahead of WRC2 victor and local hero Benito Guerra (Skoda/Michelin). Michelin secured a one-two finish in the category thanks to Bolivian Marco Bulacia who was also driving a Skoda Fabia R5.

The next round of the WRC will bring teams back to Europe for the Tour de Corse, France, on March 28-31.

Final positions – 2019 Rally Mexico

1. Ogier/Ingrassia (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin),

2. Tänak/Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin)

3. Evans/Martin (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin)

4. Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin)

5. Meeke/Marshall (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin)

6. Guerra/Zapata (Skoda Fabia R5/Michelin)

7. Bulacia/Cretu (Skoda Fabia R5/Michelin)

8. Latvala/Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin)

9. Sordo/Del Barrio (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin)

10. Trivino/Marti (Skoda Fabia R5)

Etc.

FIA Formula E

Monaco glory for Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin)

Pole-sitter Jean-Eric Vergne collected his second win of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship in Monaco to go top of the provisional Drivers’ standings. Oliver Rowland (2nd, Nissan e.dams/Michelin), Felipe Massa (3rd, Venturi Formula E Team/Michelin) and Pascal Wehrlein (4th, Mahindra Racing/Michelin) made it four different teams in the day’s top-four, blanketed by just 1.439 seconds! 

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ABB FIA Formula E - E-Prix Monaco

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MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez takes assertive Spanish GP win

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) led the 25-lap Gran Premio Red Bull de España from start to finish to claim his second win of the campaign after Argentina. The reigning champion was joined on the all-Spanish podium of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fourth round by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). The day’s top three featured three different bikemakers. 

FIA WEC

Second Spa success for the N°8 Toyota/Michelin!

The N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin (Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso) overcame atrocious weather to secure its second straight victory at Spa-Francorchamps. The six-hour race was interrupted on several occasions due to hailstones and even snow. The other podium finishers were the N°3 Rebellion/Michelin N°3 (Berthon/Laurent/Menezes) and the N°11 BR1-AER/Michelin (Aleshin/Petrov/Vandoorne). In addition to securing the top prize in LMP2 with Dragonspeed’s N°31 Oreca-Gibson (Maldonado/Gonzalez/Davidson), Michelin also topped the LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am classes with the N°97 Aston Martin (Martin/Lynn) and N°77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche (Ried/Pera/Campbell). Porsche and the N°92 crew Christensen/Estre are the 2018/2019 FIA WEC GT Manufacturers and Drivers champions with Michelin.

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