Michelin to continue its involvement in the Asian Le Mans Series

With the last race of the 2017/2018 Asian Le Mans Series barely over, Michelin has confirmed its commitment to the four-round 2018/2019 campaign which will run from next November until February 2019.


Michelin racks up its 50th WEC victory

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima at the 6 Hours of Bahrain – final round of the 2017 World Endurance Championship – saw Michelin notch up its 50th FIA WEC success. Porsche concluded its involvement in the series with two cars on the podium, while James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi made sure of the GT Drivers’ title with Ferrari/Michelin.


One-two success for Porsche/Michelin at the Nürburgring

Following in the wake of its recent triumph at Le Mans, Porsche Team dominated Round 4 of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to claim one-two glory with its N°2 and N°1 cars at the Nürburgring, Germany. The LM GTE Pro battle was won by the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin, ahead of the two Michelin-equipped Porsche 911 RSRs.

The early part of the all-dry race was led by the pole-winning N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin in the hands of Kamui Kobayashi, although the N°8 sister car (Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima) was struck by a fuel pump issue during the formation lap. Five laps were needed for repairs but the second Japanese car managed to fight its way back to fourth by the halfway point, which was the best result it could hope for.

Meanwhile, José-Maria Lopez (N°7 Toyota) was passed at the start of the second hour by Porsche’s Brendon Hartley and Neel Jani whose Porsche 919 Hybrids were sporting their 2017-spec high-downforce guise for the first time. The two drivers quickly opened up a useful gap, running in close formation around half-a-minute clear of the Toyota.

With some 15 minutes to go, the N°2 car (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) appeared ahead of the N°1 prototype of (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) after the last round of pit stops. It went on to cross the line with a cushion of 1.606s after 204 laps (1,050km). The N°7 and N°8 Toyotas were third and fourth at the flag.

The LM GTE Pro class produced another thriller between Aston Martin, Porsche, Ferrari and Ford. Three hours into the race, the N°92 Porsche 919 RSR/Michelin - which had topped qualifying for the very first time – was in command, 1.2s clear of the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin. The Italian machine eased ahead during Hour 4, however, and went on to scoop the spoils, chased by the N°91 and N°92 factory Porsches.

The opening hours of the LM GTE Am scrap were dominated by the N°77 Porsche and N°98 Aston Martin before the Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche of Ried/Cairoli/Dienst clinched the win. Third was the N°54 Ferrari/Michelin (Flohr/Castelacci/Molina) which successfully squeezed Aston Martin out of the top three in the dying moments.

LMP2 saw Jackie Chan Racing take another class victory with the N°38 Oreca (Tung/Jarvis/Laurent), with the N°31 Vaillante and N°36 Alpine also reaching the podium.

The European leg of the 2017 FIA WEC is now over and teams will meet next in North America for the 6 Hours of Mexico on September 1-3.


Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

FIA Formula E

ABB FIA Formula E: Michelin reveals the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show has seen Michelin reveal the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport that will equip the latest-generation FIA ABB Formula E Championship all-electric cars when Season 5 (2018/2019) gets going at the end of the year. 

FIA Formula E

Daniel Abt claims maiden Formula E success

Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) notched up the first Formula E victory of his career at Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix. The German was joined on the podium by Oliver Turvey (2nd, NextEv NIO Sport/Michelin) and Sébastien Buemi (3rd, Renault e.dams/Michelin). 


Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.

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