FIA WEC

Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

FIA WEC

Rebellion/Michelin takes Shanghai win

The 4 Hours of Shanghai – Round 3 of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the N°1 Rebellion R13/Michelin of Senna/Menezes/Nato. Second and third were the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped Toyota Hybrids which were carrying ballast in keeping with the latest regulations. The LMGTE Pro and Am laurels went to Ferrari/Michelin and Aston Martin/Michelin respectively.

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.

The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps kicked off with an all-dry track, but that soon changed when torrential rain, hailstones and even snow swept over the Belgian circuit three laps into the race. Twenty minutes later, the racing line was dry again, but the chequered flag was shown 10 minutes early due to more heavy rain.

Michelin’s complete range of endurance racing tyres was used in the course the afternoon, from slicks and intermediates to wet and full wet rubber. Its partners (31 of the 35 cars on the grid) won all four classes, helped by the versatility of the French’s firm tyres in the frequently changing conditions, as well as their fast warm-up performance after the five Safety Car and Full Course Yellow periods.

The N°7 Toyota TS050/Michelin started from pole position but lost around 10 minutes in its pits due to a hybrid system problem before the halfway point. First place was inherited by the N°8 sister car of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso who went on to claim their fourth victory of the season.

Michelin runners performed strongly in LMP2 in which there is a fierce battle between tyre companies. Giedo Van Der Garde (N°29 Dallara-Gibson) pulled off a superb move through Le Raidillon to take the lead on Lap 1. The N°36 Alpine-Gibson/Michelin then topped the category before Pastor Maldonado (N°31 Oreca-Gibson/Michelin) took control in the rain.

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In LM GTE Pro, Aston Martin, Ford, Porsche and Ferrari all led at some stage as a function of their pit stop strategies and the track conditions. The N°97 Aston Martin/Michelin (Maxime Martin/Alex Lynn) appeared particularly at ease in the rain on its way to its first win of the 2018/2019 championship. The second-placed N°51 Ferrari/Michelin (Calado/Pier Guidi) finished marginally clear of the two factory Michelin-equipped Porsche 911 RSRs, but that didn’t prevent the German carmaker from wrapping up the GT Manufacturers title ahead of the trip to Le Mans, while the N°92 crew (Kevin Estre/Michael Christensen) sewed up the chase for the Drivers’ crown.

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The N°77 Porsche/Michelin (Dempsey-Proton Racing) secured another win in LM GTE Am, although the N°98 Aston Martin/Michelin led for much of the race. The class’s other top-three finishers were the N°90 Aston Martin/Michelin (TF Sport) and the N°61 Ferrari/Michelin (Clearwater Racing).

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The extremely wet 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps served as a useful rehearsal for the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours which will complete the FIA WEC’s ‘Super Season’ on June 15-16.

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Britons rule at 2019/2020 curtain raiser in Saudi Arabia

Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) took the two wins at the opening meeting of the 2019/2020 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Michelin has been the official tyre supplier to the FIA’s all-electric racing series since its creation in 2014.

FIA WRC

Citroën and Michelin: a winning combination in the WRC

Citroën has announced its intention to curtail its involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship. Together, the French car firm and Michelin have harvested five Manufacturers’ titles, four Drivers’ crowns, 58 world-class wins and 150 podium finishes.

MOTOGP™

MotoE: Ferrari claims inaugural Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup

Fifth place at the last round of the 2019 Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup sufficed for Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to become the new competition’s first champion. The weekend’s two races were won by pole-winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez wraps up 2019 with home success

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana was won by Spaniard Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) was second, while Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. All three riders chose the same tyre combination for the 19th and last round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship.  

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