24H du Mans

Toyota/Michelin tastes Le Mans glory at last!

Toyota will be partying hard tonight after winning the famous Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since its debut attempt at the world famous race in 1985. This time around, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and the team’s star recruit Fernando Alonso delivered the necessary speed and reliability in their N°8 TS050-Hybrid/Michelin to spearhead a one-two finish for the Japanese carmaker, ahead of the N°7 sister car (+2 laps). Porsche/Michelin celebrated no-nonsense wins in LM GTE Pro and Am, while G-Drive Racing was unassailable in LMP2 with the N°26 Oreca07. True to its ‘Winning performance to the line’ claim, Michelin secured its 21st straight Le Mans success.

24H du Mans

H-7: Toyota still on target for Le Mans glory

The two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050-Hybrids are running smoothly at the top of the order at Le Mans after 17 hours, with the N°8 car of Alonso/Buemi/Nakajima currently in front. The Japanese team has been running a quadruple stint strategy since the start. Porsche GT Team/Michelin’s N°92 and N°91 911 RSRs continue to set the pace in LM GTE Pro, and the German make leads the Am class, too. The N°26 G-Drive Oreca07 continues to stand out as the car to beat in LMP2. 

24H du Mans

1978 LE MANS 24 HOURS: Renault triumphs at Le Mans with Michelin radial technology

It was this week forty years ago, on June 11, 1978, that Michelin and Renault-Alpine’s Pironi/Jaussaud put radial technology on the top step of the podium at Le Mans for the first time in the race’s history.

After suffereing a cruel defeat at the hands of Porsche at the previous year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, Renault-Alpine and its tyre partner Michelin were intent on eking revenge in 1978.

To prepare, they clocked up some 30,000 kilometres in testing to cure the reliability issues that had plagued the Renault-Alpine A442 in 1977, and four Michelin-equipped prototypes were eventually entered for the 46th running of the great endurance classic: a A443 (for Jabouille/Depailler), a A442a (Jarier/Bell), a A442b (Pironi/Jaussaud) and a A442 (Ragnotti/Fréquelin/Dolhem).

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Having won the very first Le Mans 24 Hours in 1923, Michelin had made its comeback in 1965. Two years later, an Alpine A210 contested the race on radial slicks and it was this technology that was chosen for Renault-Alpine’s visit to La Sarthe in 1978, a year after its first employment in Formula 1.

Jabouille, who had qualified in second place, soon emerged in front and – by the end of Lap 3 – the French prototypes were running first, second and third after the Porsches had hit technical trouble. During the early hours of the night, though, Bell was forced to park up his A442a with a transmission problem.

At sunrise, the order was topped by Depailler in the Alpine A443/Michelin but his engine failed shortly afterwards, at 10am, handing control to the A442b of Pironi/Jaussaud. By this point, the clutch of the latter’s car was showing signs of weakness and Pironi was forced to remain at the wheel for the last two stints.

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After covering a total race distance of more than 5,000km (a new record), Renault-Alpine and Michelin survived to pop the champagne on Sunday afternoon before focusing their attention on Formula 1. Their first grand prix victory followed in 1979, but Michelin would have to wait more than a decade for the third of its 26 Le Mans victories to date .

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) takes Sepang spoils

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, penultimate round of the 2018 MotoGPTM Word Championship, was won by Marc Márquez. The recently-crowned champion was joined on the Sepang podium by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3/Michelin). The result settled the Manufacturers’ title chase in favour of Honda.  

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FIA WRC

Loeb, Citroën and Michelin return to their winning ways!

More than five years after his most recent WRC success, Sébastien Loeb (Citroën/Michelin) notched up the 79th world class win of his career this weekend in Spain. The Frenchman was chased over the line by Sébastien Ogier, who has recovered the championship lead, and the latter’s Ford/Michelin team-mate Elfyn Evans. The Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles will be settled in Australia.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin) and Yamaha return to winning ways in Australia

The thrilling 2018 Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Round 17 of the MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by Maverick Viñales. The Yamaha rider was joined on the Phillip Island podium by Andrea Iannone (Ecstar Suzuki Team/Michelin) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) who made it three different bikemakers in the top three.  

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