24H du Mans

Le Mans 2017: Michelin’s 20th Le Mans consecutive victory in numbers

Michelin won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 20th straight year and for the third year in a row in association with Porsche after posting the fastest ever lap of the French circuit with Toyota. 

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Porsche LMP Team hands Michelin its 20th straight Le Mans win!

The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin extend its uninterrupted winning record in La Sarthe to 20 outright victories since 1998. It was assisted in its quest by the dogged determination of the N°2 Porsche crew (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) who fought back from an early technical issue to scoop the coveted trophy with an hour to go. Along with the N°8 Toyota, which finished back in ninth spot, the German machine was one of only two LMP1-H prototypes to reach the flag after disaster struck the class’s other three factory entries. Michelin’s successful weekend was compounded by a one-two-three finish in LM GTE Am in association with Ferrari, plus a double podium in LM GTE Pro.

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Porsche vs Toyota in 2017

In addition to releasing the entry list for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has named the teams it has invited to take part in June’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin is targeting its 20th straight win in the celebrated French race (June 17-18).

After cruelling missing out on Le Mans glory in 2016, Toyota Gazoo Racing has chosen to return to La Sarthe with three Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids. Multiple WTCC champion Jose-Maria Lopez will team up with Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi in the N°7 prototype, while Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima will share the N°8 car, with Stéphane Sarrazin captaining the N°9 entry.

Meanwhile, in addition to defending its 2016 world titles, Porsche Team will be chasing its third win in a row at Le Mans. It will field two cars in France and in the WEC, with Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy in the N°1 919 Hybrid/Michelin, and Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley in the sister machine (N°2).

Five carmakers (13 cars) will be represented in LM GTE Pro at Le Mans, namely Ferrari, Ford, Porsche, Corvette and Aston Martin. Michelin will provide rubber for the two AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GTEs (N°51, N°71), both new Porsche 911 RSRs (N°91, N°92), all four Ford GTs (N°66, N°67, N°68, N°69) and the two Corvette C7.Rs (N°63, N°64). Eight of these 13 cars are committed to the entire 2017 FIA WEC.

The most popular class is LM P2 which will boast 25 new prototypes at Le Mans and 13 in the world championship. Finally, 16 LM GTE Am cars – the majority on Michelin tyres – have received an invitation to race this year at Le Mans where Michelin will be targeting its 20th consecutive outright victory.

The ACO has also published a list of the 37 cars entered for the 2017 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) which will serve as the framework for the GT3 and LM P3 teams competing in the Michelin Le Mans Cup.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Onward to Phillip Island for the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Less than a week after Japan, the MotoGPTM World Championship is off to Phillip Island this weekend for Round 16, the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has closed to within 11 points of provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Sunday’s race promises to play another big role in the thrilling scrap between the two men.

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One-two glory for Toyota/Michelin in Fuji downpour

In a repeat scenario of 2013, this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round seven of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – was marked by torrential rain. The appalling weather didn’t prevent the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids from monopolising the top two positions, however, while the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin came up trumps in LM GTE Pro.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso triumphs in Motegi rain

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) overcame heavy rain to win Round 15 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Motegi, Japan. The Italian clinched the victory last time around to beat Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and close the gap to 11 points in the title chase. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) was third.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: teams head east to Japan

MotoGPTM kicks off the Pacific-Asian leg of the 2017 world championship this weekend with the Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Round 15), the first of three back-to-back races along with Australia and Malaysia. Provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) stand out as the big favourites for this year’s title. 

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