24H du Mans

Toyota/Michelin tastes Le Mans glory at last!

Toyota will be partying hard tonight after winning the famous Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since its debut attempt at the world famous race in 1985. This time around, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and the team’s star recruit Fernando Alonso delivered the necessary speed and reliability in their N°8 TS050-Hybrid/Michelin to spearhead a one-two finish for the Japanese carmaker, ahead of the N°7 sister car (+2 laps). Porsche/Michelin celebrated no-nonsense wins in LM GTE Pro and Am, while G-Drive Racing was unassailable in LMP2 with the N°26 Oreca07. True to its ‘Winning performance to the line’ claim, Michelin secured its 21st straight Le Mans success.

24H du Mans

H-7: Toyota still on target for Le Mans glory

The two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050-Hybrids are running smoothly at the top of the order at Le Mans after 17 hours, with the N°8 car of Alonso/Buemi/Nakajima currently in front. The Japanese team has been running a quadruple stint strategy since the start. Porsche GT Team/Michelin’s N°92 and N°91 911 RSRs continue to set the pace in LM GTE Pro, and the German make leads the Am class, too. The N°26 G-Drive Oreca07 continues to stand out as the car to beat in LMP2. 

24H du Mans

Le Mans 24 Hours: promising free practice

The 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours action kicked off with this evening’s four-hour free practice session which ended with Toyota Gazoo Racing at the top the order with its two Michelin-equipped TS050-Hybrids. The afternoon’s fastest time was the work of last year’s pole-setter Kamui Kobayashi (N°7, 3m18.718s) who was 0.557s quicker than Buemi in the N°8 car.

Anybody who believes the Japanese team has no competition this year at Le Mans should take a close look at the provisional gaps, though, since three non-hybrid LMP1 prototypes representing three different teams (Rebellion, Dragonspeed and SMP Racing) lapped within two-and-a-half seconds of Kobayashi.
 
Porsche/Michelin set the pace in both LM GTE Pro and Am, monopolising the top three places of the Pro classification with its N°93, N°92 and N°91 cars, while the N°88 and N°86 911 RSRs were first and second in Am.

G-Drive Racing’s Jean-Eric Vergne (N°26) toppled the N°38 Idec Sport/Michelin prototype from the LMP2 lead with a quarter-of-an-hour of the session remaining.

Conditions were bright and sunny throughout, with the track and air temperatures standing at 27°C and 21°C at the start of the session. Weather forecasters are predicting rain for Thursday evening, however, so fireworks can be expected during tonight’s Q1 (start: 10pm local time) as teams scrap for the best overnight time which could well turn out to be the pole-winning effort. Last year, Kamui Kobayashi earned first place on the grid for Toyota in Wednesday’s qualifying session thanks to a new lap record of 3m14.791s. For the moment, we are practically four seconds short of that benchmark.

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. 

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MotoGP™: Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/ Michelin) resumes winning ways at Aragon

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón was won for the third straight year by Marc Márquez. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team / Michelin) and Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar / Michelin) joined the Repsol Honda Team / Michelin star on the podium of Round 14 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. 

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One-two joy for Toyota/Michelin in Turkey

The 2018 Rally Turkey saw Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRCs come first and second in the hands of winner Ott Tänak and Jari-Matti Latvala. Hyundai/Michelin’s Hayden Paddon completed the season’s roughest fixture in third spot. Michelin runners also monopolised the WRC2 podium.

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