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.

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Toyota and Michelin win in rainy Shanghai

The N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez and the N°8 sister car of Buemi/Alonso/Nakajima collected another one-two finish for the Japanese make in the FIA WEC as torrential rain greeted teams to Shanghai, China. Michelin scored its 50th LM GTE Pro class victory in the championship with the N°95 Aston Martin (Sorensen/Thiim).

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Just hours after wrapping up the FIA World Rally Championship Manufacturers’ title in Australia with Michelin, Toyota Gazoo Racing/Michelin celebrated more one-two glory in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the 6 Hours of Shanghai. The race was marred by extremely wet conditions which prompted two red-flag interruptions and seven safety-car appearances.

In a repeat of last month’s trip to Fuji, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose-Maria Lopez (N°7) were first past the flag to claim their second victory in a row, 1.419 seconds clear of team-mates Buemi/Alonso/Nakajima.

Third place went to SMP Racing’s N°11 BR1/Michelin (Aleshin/Petrov/Button) after a ferocious late scrap with the N°1 Rebellion/Michelin. It was the Russian team’s first podium finish of the season if you don’t include the third place it inherited at Silverstone after Toyota’s disqualification. The N°1 and N°3 Rebellions rounded out the afternoon’s top five.

In LM GTE Pro, the pole-winning N°66 Ford GT/Michelin was eliminated from the fight by a collision. As in Japan, the Aston Martin Vantages proved competitive in the wet, aided by their Michelin rain tyres. In addition to ending up seventh overall, Marco Sorensen and Nicky Thiim (N°95 Aston Martin) revelled in the weather to earn Michelin’s 50th win in this class at FIA WEC level.

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The race’s final half-hour saw the N°91 (2nd, Lietz/Bruni) and N°92 (3rd, Christensen/Estre) Michelin-equipped Porsches ease past the N°97 Aston Martin/Michelin which was finally fourth. The N°71 Ferrari was fifth.

Porsche/Michelin locked out the LM GTE Am podium with Ried/Andlauer/Campbell (N°77), Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (N°56) and Al Qbaisy/Pera/Cairoli (N°88).

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Despite the treacherous conditions, Michelin also topped the LM P2 order for some time with the N°31 Oreca of Gonzalez/Maldonado/Davidson. The DragonSpeed crew had to settle for second place at the chequered flag, however, behind Jackie Chan Racing’s similar N°38 prototype. The Michelin-equipped N°50 Larbre Compétition car finished in the class’s top six.

The next round of the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship will take teams to Sebring, Florida, USA, on March 13-15, 2019.

FIA WRC

Tänak earns Michelin’s 333rd WRC victory

The first Rally Chile to count towards the FIA World Rally Championship was won by Estonia’s Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin) who notched up Michelin’s 333rd WRC success in the process. French world champions Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin) and Sébastien Loeb (Hyundai/Michelin) were second and third, while WRC2 victor was the young Finnish Michelin runner Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda). 

FIA Formula E

Monaco glory for Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin)

Pole-sitter Jean-Eric Vergne collected his second win of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship in Monaco to go top of the provisional Drivers’ standings. Oliver Rowland (2nd, Nissan e.dams/Michelin), Felipe Massa (3rd, Venturi Formula E Team/Michelin) and Pascal Wehrlein (4th, Mahindra Racing/Michelin) made it four different teams in the day’s top-four, blanketed by just 1.439 seconds! 

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