FIA WEC

Porsche/Michelin enjoys Mexican fiesta

The 6 Hours of Mexico saw Porsche Team claim its second one-two finish in as many rounds of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, with the N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) securing top spot ahead of the N°1 sister prototype (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy). The N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids were third and fourth at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.    

FIA WEC

One-two success for Porsche/Michelin at the Nürburgring

Following in the wake of its recent triumph at Le Mans, Porsche Team dominated Round 4 of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to claim one-two glory with its N°2 and N°1 cars at the Nürburgring, Germany. The LM GTE Pro battle was won by the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin, ahead of the two Michelin-equipped Porsche 911 RSRs.

FIA WEC

New look for world class endurance racing

Created in 2012, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is to undergo significant changes from next season when the series will straddle two calendar years (2018/2019) and conclude with the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. The LMP1 cars will run to new technical regulations. As a participant in the FIA WEC since the outset, Michelin approves the latest moves.

 

 

The idea of staging Le Mans as the WEC’s grand finale has been muted for some time by the competition’s organisers (FIA and Automobile Club de l’Ouest) and the transitional eight-round 2018/2019 campaign will last 18 months. If the provisional dates are approved by the FIA, the championship will start at Spa-Francorchamps in May 2018 and end at Le Mans in June 2019. As a result, both races will count twice!

From 2019/2020, the calendar will revert to a more conventional format, much like Formula E.

“Five years ago, Michelin worked with its partner teams, the ACO and the FIA to shape the original WEC,” notes Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon. “Michelin shares the values promoted by endurance racing, including open competition, innovation, sacrifice and team spirit, and we are in favour of the decisions taken by the ACO and the FIA to revitalise the championship.”

The 2018/2019 FIA WEC will get under way where the series originally kicked off back in March 2012, at Sebring, Florida, where the action will start at midnight! Fuji (Japan) and Shanghai (China) continue to feature, while the pre-season Prologue will return to Le Castellet, in the south of France. A new timetable will enable teams to carry out a 36-hour test as part of their preparations for Le Mans.

In the wake of the recent withdrawals of Audi and Porsche, the ACO and FIA also propose new technical regulations for the LMP1 prototypes aimed at reducing costs and aligning the performance of the hybrid and non-hybrid cars. “For Michelin, endurance racing serves as a formidable laboratory that helps us to carry over technologies from the race track to the street,” adds Pascal Couasnon. “Our goal is to continue developing tyres in the discipline, notably in LMP1.”

Michelin has won all 46 of the FIA WEC rounds organised to date, in association with three different carmakers and 27 different drivers.

Provisional 2018/2019 FIA WEC calendar

April 5-6                                  Prologue (Le Castellet, France)
May 4-5                                  6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
June 16-17                            Le Mans 24 Hours (France)
October 13-14                        6 Hours of Fuji (Japan)
November 3-4                        6 Hours of Shanghai (China)
February 2019                        TBC
March 15-16                           12 Hours of Sebring (USA)
May 3-4                                  6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
June 15-16                            Le Mans 24 Hours (France)

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: next stop Misano

Round 13 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship will take teams to Misano, on the Adriatic coast, for the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. For the very first time, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) tops the standings ahead of the Italian round. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso reaps Silverstone honours

The Octo British Grand Prix – Round 12 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) who is the new Riders’ standings leader. Second and third at Silverstone were Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Silverstone-bound

The MotoGPTM World Championship caravan travels to Silverstone this weekend for the year’s twelfth clash: the Octo British Grand Prix. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) tops the provisional standings, 16 points clear of second-placed Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). 

FIA WRC

First Germany triumph for Ford/Michelin

Ott Tanak collected the second win of his WRC career and earned Ford/M-Sport’s maiden ADAC Rallye Deutschland victory today in Germany. Third place behind Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën/Michelin) enabled Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) to recover the Drivers’ championship lead from Thierry Neuville. Pontus Tidemand (Skoda/Michelin) is the 2017 WRC2 world champion.

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