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FIA WRC - Wales Rally GB - Racecard

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Citroën/Michelin score 1-2 honours in Turkey

The 2019 Rally Turkey saw winner Sébastien Ogier and second-placed Esapekka Lappi earn Citroën’s 30th one-two finish in the FIA World Rally Championship. Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai/Michelin) was third, while Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin) still tops the Drivers’ standings despite finishing a long way down the order.

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Tänak wins in Wales

The 2019 Wales Rally GB – Round 12 of the FIA World Rally Championship – was won by Toyota/Michelin’s Ott Tänak, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). The all-new Michelin Latitude Cross S70 helped Kalle Rovanperä to claim the WRC2 Pro spoils and clinch the class’s title.

After failing to reap the rewards of an assertive performance in Wales this time last year, Tänak fought off more pressing opposition this time around to appear in front after Day 1, before extending his lead on Day 2 and ultimately pocketing his maiden Wales Rally GB success on Sunday afternoon.

The Estonian’s sixth win of the year and the five bonus points he earned for topping the Power Stage have taken him a step closer to securing his first ever Drivers’ crown thanks to cushions of 28 and 41 points respectively over Neuville and Ogier, with 60 points up for grabs at the season’s last two fixtures in Catalonia and Australia.

True to tradition, the field was greeted by torrential rain in the North Wales forests. Despite the treacherously conditions, however, Michelin’s soft- and medium-compound Michelin LTX Force and Latitude Cross tyres provided competitors with valuable grip, and the all-new Latitude Cross S70 (soft) clocked the fastest time on 17 of the week’s 21 stages in the RC2 class (WRC2 Pro + WRC2).

Ulsterman Kris Meeke (Toyota/Michelin) appeared in front on Day 1 but slipped back to fourth in the final standings, while local hero Elfyn Evans won four stages to pip Andreas Mikkelsen (6th, Hyundai/Michelin) to fifth spot on the last morning.

Unsurprisingly, the fast stages and challenging conditions caught out several front-runners, including Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin), Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin), Esapekka Lappi (Citroën/Michelin) and Craig Breen (Hyundai/Michelin).

Finland’s Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda/Michelin) outclassed his opponents to pocket his fifth WRC2 Pro victory of the campaign and claim the class’s world title, just two years after his making his first world-class appearance.

The 2003 world champion Petter Solberg (Volkswagen) celebrated his 191st and last WRC outing by topping the WRC2 order, ahead of Frenchmen Pierre-Louis Loubet (Skoda/Michelin) and Adrien Fourmaux (Ford/Michelin).

The next round of the 2019 FIA WRC will take teams to Spain on October 24-27 for RallyRACC-Catalunya – the season’s only mixed-surface (dirt/asphalt) event.

2019 Wales Rally GB – final positions:

1. Tänak/Järvoeja (Toyota Yaris WRC), 3h0m58.0s

2. Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +10.9s

3. Ogier/Ingrassia (Citroën C3 WRC), +23.8s

4. Meeke/Marshall (Toyota Yaris WRC), +35.6s

5. Evans/Martin (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +48.6s

6. Mikkelsen/Jaeger (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +58.2s

7. Tidemand/Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +5m23.8s

8. Breen/Nagle (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +9m25.0s

9. Rovanperä/Halttunen (Skoda Fabia R5) (1st, WRC2 Pro), +10m51.5s

10. Solberg/Mills (Volkswagen Polo GTi), 11m36.1s

Etc.

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MotoGP™ - Motul Grand Prix of Japan - Racecard

Michelin is ready for the busiest 3-weeks of the MotoGP season as the championship begins a trio of races starting with Motul Grand Prix of Japan before heading to Australia and Malaysia. Download our racecard to to find out more about this round!Click on the photo to dowload the racecard.

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In 1979, Michelin demonstrated the superiority of its radial tyre technology by claiming the first of its titles in the Formula 1 World Championship. Forty years on, the French firm continues to see motorsport as a means to innovate and take its technologies forward, especially in competitions that place the accent on sustainable mobility and lasting performance. 

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Seventh heaven for Toyota/Michelin at Fuji

Seven is a lucky number in Japan. It is also the number of times Toyota/Michelin has won its home round – the 6 Hours of Fuji – since the FIA World Endurance Championship’s creation in 2012. This year’s victory went to the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley, chased by the N°7 sister car of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. Michelin came first in all four classes thanks to the N°29 Oreca07-Gibson in LMP2, and the N°95 and N°90 Aston Martins in LMGTE Pro and Am.

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MotoGP™: Márquez claims victory and the 2019 title in Thailand

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) finished on top after a splendid scrap with Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) to collect his ninth win of the year and put the seal on his eighth world crown – his sixth at MotoGPTM level. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was third as Michelin tyres contributed to a grand slam of new records (fastest lap, fastest race lap, top speed and race duration) thanks to its MICHELIN Power Slick range which proved a perfect match for the challenge of Buriram.  

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