Michelin wins WRC’s 600th round with Tänak and Hyundai

Reigning world champion Ott Tänak steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC to victory on home soil at Rally Estonia on Sunday. Irishman Craig Breen made it a one-two finish for Hyundai, while Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) rounded out the weekend’s all-Michelin top-three.


Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.


Neuville claims maiden Monte success with Hyundai/Michelin

The outstanding grip provided by Michelin’s Pilot Sport range in the challenging conditions thrown up by the 2020 Rallye Monte-Carlo helped Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul and Hyundai Motorsport collect their first ever victory on the winter classic, while Michelin’s Customer Competition tyres contributed to WRC2 and WRC3 glory for Citroën’s Mads Ostberg and Eric Camilli respectively.


This year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo produced the event’s familiar cocktail of snow, ice and clear asphalt, ensuring that tyres were once again a chief talking point in the French Alps.

Despite the event’s trademark tricky roads and unpredictable grip levels, Michelin’s WRC runners were able to benefit from the versatility of the firm’s Pilot Sport tyres and all four of the available choices (soft and super-soft asphalt tyres, plus non-studded and studded Alpins) were employed during the four-day rally.

Meanwhile, the latest addition to Michelin’s Customer Competition range – the Michelin MW1 – made its debut appearance at international level and was readily praised by those amateur crews who elected to fit this particularly versatile new rain tyre.

Experienced Swiss driver Olivier Burri, who has contested the Monte Carlo no fewer than 19 times, said he decided to take part in this year’s event because he had the opportunity to use the new MW1 which shares technologies with Michelin winter tyres like the Pilot Alpin 6 and Cross Climate.

The efficiency of Michelin’s Rallye Monte Carlo tyres contributed to a thrilling a battle for supremacy between Toyota and Hyundai, with M-Sport also showing strongly. Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) led after Thursday’s two night-time stages but was toppled the next morning by Welshman Elfyn Evans (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin) who posted three fastest times on the trot, while reigning champ Ott Tänak survived a frightening high-speed crash.

In the afternoon, Evans was passed in turn by seven-time Monte winner Sébastien Ogier (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin). The Toyota Gazoo Racing pair proceeded to trade first place on Saturday but were ultimately overhauled by Neuville, winner of the last day’s four stages.

The Belgian’s maiden Monte victory was Michelin’s 29th Monte success. The French tyre firm will now switch its attention to scoring a possible 30th victory next month in Sweden and perhaps notching up its 350th WRC win later in the season.

Ogier and Evans ended up second and third overall, ahead of Finns Esapekka Lappi (4th, Ford/Michelin) and Kalle Rovanperä (5th, Toyota/Michelin). Nine-time world champion Sébastien Loeb (Hyundai/Michelin) was sixth.

Next round: Rally Sweden (February 13-16).

2020 Rallye Monte-Carlo – final positions:

1, Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), 3h10m57.6s

2, Ogier/Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC), +12.6s

3, Evans/Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC), +14.3s

4, Lappi/Ferm (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +3m9.0s

5, Rovanperä/Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC), +4m17.2s

6, Loeb/Elena (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +5m4.7s

7, Katsuta/Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC), +11m27.9s

8, Suninen/Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +13m30.4s

9, Camilli/Burési (Citroën C3 R5) (1st, WRC3), +13m42.2s

10, Ostberg/Eriksen (Citroën C3 R5) (1st WRC2), +14m21.8s



MotoGP: Oliveira wins bike racing’s 900th GP!

A dramatic last lap at Austria’s Red Bull Ring saw Miguel Oliveira clinch the first MotoGPTM win of his career, plus that of his team Red Bull KTM Tech 3. The Portuguese rider was joined on the podium of the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria (Round 6 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship) by Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing). Premier class motorcycle racing’s 900th clash produced Michelin’s 438th grand prix victory, while Oliveira is the fourth different rider to have won a race this season and the 53rd to have taken the spoils on Michelin rubber. 


MotoGP™: Ducati extends unbeaten Red Bull Ring record

The myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich – which was interrupted due to a spectacular crash involving Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – was won by Andrea Dovizioso. The Ducati Team rider was joined on the podium of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fifth round by Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing). The top-three finishers at Austria’s Red Bull Ring all ran different tyre pairings to provide further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick’s versatility.  


Toyota and Michelin finish 1st and 2nd at Spa-Francorchamps

The 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps saw the two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids come first and second in Belgium in the hands of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (N°7) and Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (N°8). Showery weather made getting tyre strategies spot-on particularly vital but also highlighted the quality of the range provided by Michelin for the return of FIA WEC action.

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A Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two wraps up 2019/2020 Formula E campaign

Formula E’s Season 6 concluded with a 69th win for the championship’s founding partner Michelin. The last of six races in Berlin saw Stoffel Vandoorne head a Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two after Antonio Felix da Costa and DS Techeetah had secured the all-electric series’ Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns with two rounds remaining.

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