2019 Dakar: 18th straight win for KTM and Michelin

Three years after his maiden Dakar success, Toby Price (Red Bull KTM Factory Team/ Michelin) finished on top again to earn Michelin’s 36th victory on the cross-country classic, as well as KTM’s 18th on the trot in association with the French tyre firm. The Australian finished clear of his team-mate and last year’s victor Matthias Walkner, while Sam Sunderland (Red Bull KTM Factory Team/Michelin) made it an all-KTM/Michelin top three.  

Racing today… and yesterday for tomorrow’s mobility! Motorsport heritage, from the Lancia Aurelia to Formula E

The past and the future caught up with each other at last weekend’s Charade Heroes event (September 22-23) at Circuit de Charade* in the Auvergne Mountains near Clermont-Ferrand, France. Displays ranged from a Lancia Aurelia fitted with the first Michelin X radial tyres to a worthy successor of this industry-changing technology: the Michelin Pilot Sport which stars in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship Both exemplify the important contribution motorsport can and does make to taking mobility forward. 

FIA World Council decisions

A number of key decisions were taken at the FIA World Council meeting that was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on December 5. Many of them referred to some of the global championships in which Michelin is active, namely the WEC, WRC and Formula E.

Concerning the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), approval was given for the regulations covering the new Hypercars that will race from 2020 to 2025. These new hybrid cars will be powered by an internal combustion engine (maximum: 520kW/707hp) and an electric MGU (200kW/272hp). A single tyre manufacturer will provide a range of three slicks and two wet-weather tyres.

For the 2019/2020 FIA WEC, tyre changes while refuelling is in progress (as seen in 2018/2019) will no longer be authorised. The two operations will need to be carried out separately again (which was the case from 1994 until 2017), which means tyres will play a key role in race strategies once again.

The 2019/2020 FIA WEC calendar was approved, with eight rounds lasting from four to 24 hours. The championship will kick off on September 1 at Silverstone and conclude with the Le Mans 24 Hours in June 2020. Sao Paulo is back on the schedule, Bahrain will be an eight-hour fixture and Shanghai will be shortened to four hours.

The FIA World Rally Championship will include a WRC2 Pro series from 2019. Manufacturers will be able to enter two R5 cars but will need to take part in at least seven rounds. Meanwhile, the duration of midday service breaks has been extended from 30 to 40 minutes. The provisional 14-event calendar that was released a few weeks ago has been approved.

With regard to Formula E (which is poised to resume with Round 1 of Season 5 in Saudi Arabia on December 15), details of the new Attack Mode were released. This function will provide cars with a temporary power boost from 200 to 225kW, but the duration of this boost and the number of times it can be activated will only be confirmed just before each race to prevent teams from dialling its use into their respective strategies.

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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FIA WRC - COPEC Rally Chile - Racecard

All you ever wanted to know about the Rally Chile, 6th round of the World Rally Championship (WRC).Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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All you need to know about the Monaco E-Prix, round 6 of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E season.Click on the photo to download our racecard.

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