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). 

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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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Loeb, Citroën and Michelin return to their winning ways!

More than five years after his most recent WRC success, Sébastien Loeb (Citroën/Michelin) notched up the 79th world class win of his career this weekend in Spain. The Frenchman was chased over the line by Sébastien Ogier, who has recovered the championship lead, and the latter’s Ford/Michelin team-mate Elfyn Evans. The Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles will be settled in Australia.

 

 

Poor weather made tyre choice difficult in Catalonia where no fewer than five options were available for the year’s only mixed-surface fixture, namely the soft- and hard-compound Michelin Pilot Sport S6 and H5 – plus a full wet option (FW3) – for asphalt, and the hard and medium Michelin LTX Force H4 and M6 for gravel.

Thanks to his and Citroën Racing’s experience, Loeb made a judicious choice for Sunday morning’s partially damp conditions by opting for the Pilot Sport H5. The nine-time world champion subsequently eased into the lead thanks to two straight fastest times and, despite a spin on the rally’s penultimate test (SS17), went on to claim his ninth RallyRACC Catalunya victory. At the age of 44 years, eight months and two days, he is the third-oldest driver to win a WRC round, on the same event where he kicked off his world championship career aged 19. It was also Citroën’s first success since Espana 2017.

Loeb finished just 2.9 seconds clear of Ogier who didn’t get all his tyre calls right in Spain but who is back at the top of the Drivers’ standings, three points clear of Thierry Neuville. The Hyundai/Michelin driver ended up fourth after being passed on the last test by Evans who made it two M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRCs on the podium. The British squad is now only 25 and 13 points behind Toyota Gazoo Racing and Hyundai Motorsport in the Manufacturers’ table.

The Toyota Yaris WRCs failed to reap the reward for their speed. Ott Tänak led after Day 1 on dirt and extended his lead in Saturday morning’s rain but then lost a minute and fell to eighth when he was forced to change a damaged wheel on SS10. The Estonian fought back to sixth at the finish and collected five Power Stage points to stay in the chase for the Drivers’ crown, albeit 23 points short of Ogier.

The Japanese make’s Jari-Matti Latvala led on Saturday afternoon but a front-left scrape on Sunday’s SS17 dropped him to eighth overall, behind team-mates Tänak and Esapekka Lappi. Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) also figured briefly in front on home soil but ended up fifth.

Michelin partners monopolised the WRC2 podium thanks to Skoda Fabia R5 runners Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky, the class’s 2018 champion. Petter Solberg, who was making his first WRC appearance since 2012, was third in the new VW Polo GTi R5/Michelin.

With three drivers and three makes still in contention for the main titles, the season’s final round will take teams to Australia on November 15-18.

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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ABB FIA Formula E - E-Prix Monaco

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.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez takes assertive Spanish GP win

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) led the 25-lap Gran Premio Red Bull de España from start to finish to claim his second win of the campaign after Argentina. The reigning champion was joined on the all-Spanish podium of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fourth round by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). The day’s top three featured three different bikemakers. 

FIA WEC

Second Spa success for the N°8 Toyota/Michelin!

The N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin (Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso) overcame atrocious weather to secure its second straight victory at Spa-Francorchamps. The six-hour race was interrupted on several occasions due to hailstones and even snow. The other podium finishers were the N°3 Rebellion/Michelin N°3 (Berthon/Laurent/Menezes) and the N°11 BR1-AER/Michelin (Aleshin/Petrov/Vandoorne). In addition to securing the top prize in LMP2 with Dragonspeed’s N°31 Oreca-Gibson (Maldonado/Gonzalez/Davidson), Michelin also topped the LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am classes with the N°97 Aston Martin (Martin/Lynn) and N°77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche (Ried/Pera/Campbell). Porsche and the N°92 crew Christensen/Estre are the 2018/2019 FIA WEC GT Manufacturers and Drivers champions with Michelin.

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