FIA WRC - Rallye Monte-Carlo - Racecard

The 2020 FIA World Rally Championship gets underway with one of the most iconic and demanding events for the tyres, Rallye Monte-Carlo. Click on the photo to download our racecard!


Monte Carlo 1966: Citroën and Michelin win another ‘duel of ’66’…

James Mangold’s film ‘Le Mans 1966’ starring Matt Damon et Christian Bale relates how Ford succeeded in thwarting mighty Ferrari at Le Mans. Earlier the same year, Citroën and Michelin finished on top after a thrilling duel on another legendary event – the Rallye Monte-Carlo.


Hyundai/Michelin’s Sordo wins the day in Sardinia

Dani Sordo’s 163rd world class start saw the 36-year old Spaniard claim the second WRC win of his career at the 2019 Rally Italia Sardegna, one of the championship’s most punishing tests of tyres. Ott Tänak led until a power-steering problem delayed him on the week’s final stage, which allowed Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin) and Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai/Michelin) to clinch second and third places. Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda/Michelin) topped the WRC2 Pro order once again.

Round 8 of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship produced plenty of drama and surprises ahead of the summer recess.

Friday morning’s SS5, for example, saw the provisional championship leader Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin) clout a rock and break his suspension and he suffered the same fate the following day. Despite these setbacks, the six-time champion battled on to salvage four points on the Power Stage.

Meanwhile, the rally’s final test brought Tänak’s fine performance to a cruel conclusion when he suffered power-steering gremlins. Up to that point, the Estonian had overcome the handicap of running amongst the first drivers on the road on Day 1 to stay on Sordo’s heels at the sharp end, before emerging in front on Saturday afternoon.

Going into the 14.06km Power Stage, his lead stood at 26.7 seconds and he appeared to be cruising to his fourth win of the season when the steering of his Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin decided otherwise…

Tänak completed the rally in fifth place, behind Elfyn Evans (Ford/Michelin) who was passed by Mikkelsen on the last stage.

Suninen turned out to be one of the stars of the week, helped by a favourable running order on Friday when he appeared in front thanks to a tally of three fastest times. He ended up second overall which is his best-ever result at WRC level to date.

The surprise winner of the 2019 Rally Italia Sardegna was Sordo who inherited his first victory since the 2013 Rallye Deutschland, and the first of his career on dirt.

WRC action will resume in Finland at the end of July after a short summer break with Tänak on top of the Drivers’ standings, four points clear of Ogier and seven points ahead of Thierry Neuville who had to settle for sixth spot in Italy.

Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky came first and second in the recently-homologated Michelin Latitude Cross-equipped Skoda Fabia R5 Evo which successfully survived its first taste of the Sardinian punishment.

2019 Rally Italia Sardegna – Final positions:

1. Sordo/Del Barrio (Hyundai i20 WRC), 3h22m27.2s

2. Suninen/Lethinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +13.7s

3. Mikkelsen/Jaeger (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +32.6s

4. Evans/Martin (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +33.5s

5. Tänak/Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC), +1m30.1s

6. Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +2m16.7s

7. Lappi/Ferm (Citroën C3 WRC), +2m56.9s

8. Meeke/Marshall (Toyota Yaris WRC), +4m40.1s

9. Rovanperä/Halttunen (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo), +8m24.6s (1st, WRC2 Pro)

10. Kopecky/Dresler (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo), +8m49.2s


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Formula E: Santiago glory for Max Günther

The 2020 Santiago E-Prix in Chile saw Maximilian Gunther score his maiden Formula E victory at the wheel of his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped BMW iFE.20.

Michelin’s decade of innovation and success in motorsport

In the course of the past 10 years, Michelin’s increasingly sophisticated, energy-efficient, consistent and, now, connected tyres collected more than 300 world-class victories in disciplines as varied as MotoGP, endurance racing, rallying and Formula E. 


Toyota/Michelin claim 1st and 2nd places in Bahrain

Toyota Gazoo Racing dominated the last FIA WEC race of the year to collect first and second places in Bahrain with the N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) and N°8 (Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley) Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids. The French tyre firm topped the order in the other three classes, too, with the N°22 United Autosports Oreca-Gibson (LMP2), N°95 Aston Martin (LMGTE Pro) and N°57 Porsche (LMGTE Am).


Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

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