FIA WRC

Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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FIA WRC - Vodafone Rally de Portugal - Racecard

All you need to know abou the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, 7th round of World Rally Championship (WRC).Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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Sixth WRC title for Ogier and Toyota’s fourth, all with Michelin

The 2018 Rally Australia saw Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claim their sixth Drivers’ world title and their second with Ford/Michelin. Jari-Matti Latvala earned Toyota Gazoo Racing’s 50th world class victory to make sure of the Manufacturers’ crown with Michelin.

 

Thelast round of what turned out to be a particularly thrilling 2018 FIA World Rally Championship was always going to be a tense affair, with three drivers and three carmakers still in contention for their respective titles.

The chances of Belgium’s Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) took a blow when he dropped a minute on SS6 (Sherwood) and fell to 10th overall. Any remaining hopes of a maiden crown evaporated when he retired on Sunday morning.

After an inconsistent start to the week, Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin) appeared at the top of the leaderboard on Saturday, aided by six fastest stage times. To clinch the sport’s supreme prize, the Estonian knew he had to keep that lead to the flag and score maximum Power Stage points, with Ogier finishing seventh or worse.

The latter was effectively seventh overall after Leg 1 when his running order meant he was forced to sweep the stages. Trouble for Craig Breen (Citroën/Michelin) the following day promoted him to sixth which, if he could hold position, would be enough to win the championship.

Overnight rain made Sunday’s conditions muddy and slippery and the unpredictable weather contributed to the unmistakable tension when it came to choosing tyres, with crews frequently opting for a combination of medium-compound Michelin LTX Force M6s and hard H4s.

A surefooted final-day performance by Ogier and Ingrassia allowed them to wrap up their sixth title when Tänak crashed out on the penultimate test.

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Jari-Matti Latvala took over from his team-mate at the top of the order to earn Toyota’s 50th WRC victory, while fourth place for his team-mate Esapekka Lappi made sure of the Japanese make’s fourth Manufacturers’ title, two decades after its third.

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New Zealander Hayden Paddon (Hyundai/Michelin) and Norway’s Mads Ostberg (Citroën/Michelin) were Rally Australia’s other two podium finishers.

Fans will now have to wait until January 24-27 for world championship action to resume with the 2019 Rallye Monte-Carlo.

24H du Mans

2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

24H du Mans

Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Danilo Petrucci earns maiden MotoGPTM victory at Mugello

Danilo Petrucci claimed the first premier-class win of his career at his home race on an Italian bike. The Ducati Team rider earned rapturous applause from the local fans when he was first across the line at Mugello, home of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s sixth round. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Petrucci’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. The performance of Michelin’s latest-generation MotoGPTM tyres contributed to the tumbling of several records.  

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MotoGP™ - Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley - Racecard

All you need to know about the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, 6th round of the MotoGP championship. Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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