Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.


Sixth Monte Carlo win for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Ford/Michelin) led the 2018 Rallye Monte-Carlo from start to finish to collect their fifth straight win in the Principality since 2013. Toyota/Michelin drivers Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala joined the French pair on the podium.


Hyundai/Michelin scores one-two finish in Poland

Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon overcame appalling conditions to earn a one-two result for Hyundai Motorsport in Poland. Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) finished on the podium to defend his position at the top of the WRC’s provisional Driver’s standings. 

The 2017 Rally Poland produced 11 changes at the top of the order, but Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul emerged in front on the 21st of the event’s 23 stages to clinch the weekend’s top prize.

Ott Tanak had just taken top spot thanks to a heroic effort in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin on SS20, but his bid ended when he clouted a tree on the following test.

The incident allowed Neuville to coast home to his fifth world class win – the third of his career, and his 25th WRC podium – to crown a fast, sure-footed effort that harvested nine stage victories to lead on five separate occasions.

The Belgian’s team-mate Paddon collected his first podium finish since last year’s Rally Poland to claim Hyundai Motorsport’s second one-two result since 2014. Ogier saved M-Sport’s weekend by securing third spot.

The 74th running of the Polish event, one of the sport’s longest-standing competitions, took place in horrendous conditions marked by treacherously slippery mud, notably on Friday and Sunday. Yet thanks to their soft-compound LTX Force S5 tyres, the French firm’s partners were able to reach speeds of around 120kph over the region’s fast but narrow dirt tracks!

Spain’s Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) ended up fourth, chased by fifth-placed Stéphane Lefebvre who was Citroën Racing’s best-placed finisher. Finnish youngster Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin), 23, posted a fastest stage time during his first outing in a World Rally Car which he nursed home to sixth overall.

After being halted by a technical problem while challenging for the victory on Saturday afternoon, Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) returned on the last day to win the Power Stage.

There was more one-two success for Skoda/Michelin in WRC2 thanks to Norway’s Ole-Christian Veiby, who won the class for the first time, and Skoda Motorsport factory driver Pontus Tidemand. Eric Camilli (Ford/Michelin) was third in RC2 but was not registered for the WRC2 battle.

Next round: Rally Finland (July 27-30).


Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

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Daniel Abt claims maiden Formula E success

Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) notched up the first Formula E victory of his career at Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix. The German was joined on the podium by Oliver Turvey (2nd, NextEv NIO Sport/Michelin) and Sébastien Buemi (3rd, Renault e.dams/Michelin). 


MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.

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Michelin targeting a 21st Le Mans victory

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published the list of the 60 competitors it has invited to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin, which is unbeaten in the French endurance classic since 1998, is targeting a 21st consecutive victory this time around, and its 27th in total since the race was first organised in 1923.

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