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 - 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.


Ogier clinches Citroën’s 100th WRC victory!

Exactly 10 years after their maiden Monte Carlo victory, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia finished on top in the Principality for the seventh time to chalk up Citroën’s 100th WRC win (72 on Groupe Michelin tyres) and kick off the brand’s 100th anniversary celebrations in style. The French pair was joined on the Monaco podium by Thierry Neuville (2nd, Hyundai/Michelin) and Ott Tänak (3rd, Toyota/Michelin). Michelin claimed a one-two finish in the WRC2 class, too, with Gus Greensmith (Ford/Michelin) and Yoann Bonato (Citroën/Michelin).

The 2019 Rallye Monte-Carlo lived up every bit to its promise as competitors were forced to contend with a classic mixed-bag of icy, snowy, wet, damp and dry roads through the Alps near Gap and in the mountains that tower over the French Riviera.

The highly varied conditions made getting the frequently complex tyre calls right vital, with Michelin’s drivers chiefly opting for a combination of studded or non-studded snow tyres (Pilot Alpin A41), matched with super-soft (SS6) or soft (S6) variants of the Pilot Sport asphalt tyre for the week’s competitive loops.

The treacherously slippery conditions led to a high number of damaged wheel rims but, in the vast majority of cases, Michelin’s robust and versatile WRC tyres took the often spectacular impacts in their stride to stay inflated to the stage ends!

Fans were kept entertained by the exceptionally thrilling fight that opposed Ogier and Neuville all the way the end of the final stage. On the start-line of the rally’s ultimate test (13.58km), the pair was split by just four-tenths of a second, but the defending world champion went on to clinch the spoils by 2.2 seconds, the smallest ever winning margin seen on the Rallye Monte-Carlo.

Ogier’s score of seven victories on the event takes him level with fellow Frenchman Sébastien Loeb and equals Walter Röhrl’s longstanding record of Monte successes with four different car manufacturers (Peugeot, Volkswagen, Ford and Citroën). He has also taken the record for the highest number of straight Monte Carlo wins to six since 2014.

Toyota/Michelin’s Ott Tänak recovered from a problem on SS7 to finish on the podium in the Principality for the third year running. The Estonian also harvested the week’s highest number of fastest stage times which helped him to ease past team-mate Latvala (5th) and Loeb (4th) into the top three. After rushing back to France after finishing on the Dakar podium, Loeb marked his debut with Hyundai Motorsport with two fastest times.

Michelin’s customer tyres dominated the order in WRC2, too, thanks to Briton Gus Greensmith (Ford Fiesta R5/Michelin) – who topped the ‘WRC2 Pro’ standings – and the reigning time French champion Yohann Bonato (Citroën R5/Michelin). The French Motorsport Federation’s protégé and WRC rookie Adrien Fourmaux ended up 10th overall in his Ford Fiesta R5/Michelin.

Michelin drivers won all of the classes in which the French firm was represented, namely RC3 (Cédric Durand, Renault Clio), RC5 (Richard Desbordes, Citroën DS3) and RC4B avec Yohan Rossel (Peugeot 208 R2).

Next WRC round: Rally Sweden (February 14-17).


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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

All you need to know about the Monaco E-Prix, round 6 of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E season.Click on the photo to download our racecard.


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. 


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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