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A second straight 1-2 finish for Toyota/Michelin at Le Mans

Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed a second one-two finish at Le Mans to earn a 22nd consecutive win for its partner Michelin in the famous French endurance race. Victory ended up in the hands of the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, ahead of the N°7 sister car, while winning drivers Buemi, Nakajima and Alonso wrapped up the 2018/2019 FIA WEC title. The top-three was rounded out by the N°11 BR1/Michelin. Michelin topped the order in LMP2, too, with Alpine (Lapierre/Negrao/Thiriet), as well as in LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am with Ferrari (Pier Guidi/Calado/Serra) and Ford (Keating/Bleekemolen/Fraga) respectively. The 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours provided Michelin with the ideal opportunity to showcase the long-lasting performance credentials of its Pilot Sport Endurance tyres.

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2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

24H du Mans

H-18: Everything going to plan for Toyota/Michelin

We’re a quarter of the way into the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours and, for the moment, nothing has spooked Toyota’s game plan. The Japanese make’s two cars are in first and second places after six hours, with the N°8 prototype of Alonso/Nakajima/Buemi setting the pace, shadowed closely by the N°7 sister car. Porsche/Michelin tops the LM GTE Pro and Am orders, while the G-Drive Racing Oreca07 is in command in LMP2. Both Toyotas have been quadruple stinting on their Michelin slicks.

It’s a case of ‘so far, so good’ for Toyota Gazoo Racing which has been lapping comfortably ahead of the field since the start. The two Michelin-equipped TS050-Hybrids have swapped the lead several times and the first place is currently the property of the N°8 prototype. This is the car of ex-F1 world champion Fernando Alonso who covered four stints in the car earlier this evening to make his official Le Mans race debut.

There were questions before the start about how big a threat the non-hybrid LMP1 hybrids would be this weekend but they haven’t really been a match for Toyotas. The best of the them are the N°17 SMP Racing and N°3 Rebellion Racing cars which are already one and two laps behind as things stand.

Despite being penalised by the so-called BoP changes (Balance of Performance) which were announced on Friday, Porsche has been as dominant in the race as it was in qualifying.

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The LM GTE Pro class is effectively topped by the N°92 919 RSR/Michelin of Christensen/Estre/Vanthoor who were gifted an enviable safety margin when their opponents were caught in different ‘trains’ during the first Safety Car period. Until that point, they had been locked in a thrilling scrap with the similar N°91 car. Second place is provisionally held by the N°81 BMW/Michelin, with the N°93 Porsche in third spot.

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In LM GTE Am, the leader at the moment is the N°77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche which has been performing strongly since the start. Second is the N°56 Porsche.

In front in LMP2 is the N°26 G-Drive Oreca07 which is up to sixth overall. Its closest chaser had been the N°36 Alpine until the French car span a few moments ago. That allowed the Michelin-equipped Panis Barthez Compétition Ligier (N°23) and Idec Sport Oreca07 prototypes to move up to second and third places.

In a couple of hours’ time, it will be dark at Le Mans and that will mark the start of a new phase of the race. Will there be any major overnight upsets? We’ll be back with another mid-race update in the morning…

FIA Formula E

Vergne scores second straight Formula E crown!

DS Techeetah/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the 2019 New York City E-Prix as the first driver in Formula E history to claim the title twice. The Frenchman successfully defended his 2017/2018 crown after the weekend’s doubleheader meeting in New York City, USA, which produced wins for Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin). DS Techeetah/Michelin is Season 5’s Teams’ champion.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez in control at the Sachsenring

Since the start of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has failed to go two consecutive races without winning. This weekend, true to form, the Spaniard bounced back from his Netherlands defeat to score an assertive victory at Germany’s Sachsenring where he was joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol).

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MotoGP™ - HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland - Racecard

All you need to know about the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, 9th round of the MotoGP championshipClic on the photo to download the racecard.

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MotoGP™: Viñales and Yamaha hit top form at Assen

The Motul TT Assen –round eight of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales, ahead of Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT). Every one of the six Michelin tyre specifications available for the race was used, with three different specs making it onto the podium to provide a further illustration of the French products’ performance and versatility.

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