Michelin back on top at the Nürburgring

Michelin took the top prize at last weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hours in tandem with the Manthey Racing-run Porsche 911 GT3-R of Richard Lietz, Frédéric Makowiecki, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy. Two Black Falcon Mercedes AMG GT3s made it an all-Michelin podium. 

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2018 Dakar: ‘Win 35’ for Michelin on two wheels

The first Dakar win of KTM Factory Team/Michelin’s Matthias Walkner chalked up Michelin’s 35th success since the famous cross-country rally’s creation.

This year’s route from Lima, Peru, to Cordoba, Argentina, totalled some 9,000 kilometres, with more than half that distance against the clock over a punishing cocktail of sand dunes, dusty tracks, rocky trails, mud, altitudes of close to 4,000 metres and one two-day marathon stage. The frequently difficult weather led to the cancellation of two legs.

Despite the challenging conditions, this menu didn’t prevent Austria’s Matthias Walkner from claiming his first Dakar victory at fourth attempt after coming second overall in 2017.

The battle on two wheels proved exceptionally close and, at the mid-rally rest day in La Paz, Bolivia, the top ten was blanketed by just half-an-hour after six stages.

Walkner took command thanks to some on-the-button navigation that saw him complete the Fiambala stage (Leg 10) with a handsome lead over his rivals. “It’s completely crazy,” he said at the finish. “My aim was to finish on the podium. It was very close, but Stage 10 turned out to be decisive. It’s a dream come true and it was an amazing Dakar. The level was very high and there were as many as six of us in contention, but I was the luckiest. Sometimes it takes luck to win, sometimes it doesn’t. This year, it went my way.”

The result prolongs KTM/Michelin’s domination of the event that has lasted since 2001.

The 2017 victor Sam Sunderland (KTM/Michelin) was forced out by a fall on Day 4.

The fastest time on the ultimate stage allowed Argentina’s Kevin Benavides (Monster Energy Honda/Michelin) to clinch second place, while the event’s 2016 winner Toby Price (KTM Factory Team/Michelin) made it an all-Michelin podium.

FIA WRC

Thierry Neuville takes Portugal win

After his success in snowy Sweden in February, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) was first past the post again at the end of the weekend’s Rally de Portugal. The Belgian, who has gone to the top of the provisional 2018 Drivers’ standings, was joined on the podium by Ford M-Sport/Michelin’s Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marc Márquez takes Le Mans spoils

The winner of Sunday’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France (Round 5 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship) at Le Mans-Bugatti was Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) were second and third.

FIA Formula E

One-two glory for Audi/Michelin in Berlin

Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler marched to a one-two triumph on home soil thanks to Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi. Third place for Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) has taken the Frenchman even further clear at the top of the Drivers’ points table with only three more races to come.

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