FIA WRC

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.

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Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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Neuville earns Michelin’s 25th Rally Argentina win

Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul followed up their Tour de Corse victory in March with victory this weekend in Argentina to clock up Michelin’s 25th success on the South American event. Andreas Mikkelsen came second to provide Hyundai Motorsport/Michelin with its first one-two finish since 2017, while Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin) scored his 75th world class podium finish.

The weekend’s result means that Michelin has now won Rally Argentina no fewer than 25 times – with 10 different carmakers – since 1981.

The South American event has long been reputed for its varied, technically demanding stages which call for strong, versatile, high-performance tyres, but the latter’s task was made even more complex than usual this time around by poor weather. Indeed, heavy rain fell over the Villa Carlos Paz region during the week before the start to make the conditions exceptionally muddy. The organisers even took the decision to cancel SS3 for safety reasons.

Despite the adverse conditions, the medium-compound Michelin LTX Force M6 (medium) – which is capable of clearing 30 litres of water per second – successfully provided the world’s fastest rally drivers with the grip and traction performance they needed to cover the Argentine tests at average speeds in excess of 100kph!

Championship pace-setter Neuville took advantage of his running order (first on the road) to complete the opening leg in first place, ahead of Ogier, Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin), Kris Meeke (Toyota/Michelin) and Mikkelsen.

Tänak hit the ground running on Day 2 to close the gap to his Belgian rival but his bid was ultimately thwarted by an electrical problem on SS14. Ogier and Meeke lost time on Saturday, too, which enabled Mikkelsen to emerge in second place behind Neuville.

The Hyundai Motorsport/Michelin pair finished off the job on Sunday’s classic El Condor and Mina Clavero tests and, with the sun now shining brightly, Neuville went on to collect his 11th world class win, and his second Argentina victory in three years. Hyundai Motorsport notched up its first one-two result since Poland 2017 and Mikkelsen finished on the podium for the first time since Sweden 2018.

Third place ended up in the hands of Ogier whose mission was facilitated when Meeke was handed a 10-second penalty on Saturday evening for having failed to follow the official route on SS11. The Toyota driver managed to squeeze past the reigning champion on Sunday morning but the Frenchman responded by winning the Power Stage to clinch a footing on the podium.

Michelin Latitude Cross runners shrugged off competition from competitors on rival tyres to finish on top in WRC2 Pro (with Mads Ostberg, Citroën C3 R5), in WRC2 (Pedro Heller, Ford Fiesta R5) and in the ‘National’ rally standings (Alejandro Galanti, Toyota Etios R5).

Teams will remain in South America for the next round of the WRC which will take them to Chile in two weeks’ time.

FIA Formula E

Vergne scores second straight Formula E crown!

DS Techeetah/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the 2019 New York City E-Prix as the first driver in Formula E history to claim the title twice. The Frenchman successfully defended his 2017/2018 crown after the weekend’s doubleheader meeting in New York City, USA, which produced wins for Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin). DS Techeetah/Michelin is Season 5’s Teams’ champion.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez in control at the Sachsenring

Since the start of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has failed to go two consecutive races without winning. This weekend, true to form, the Spaniard bounced back from his Netherlands defeat to score an assertive victory at Germany’s Sachsenring where he was joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol).

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MotoGP™ - HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland - Racecard

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MotoGP™: Viñales and Yamaha hit top form at Assen

The Motul TT Assen –round eight of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales, ahead of Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT). Every one of the six Michelin tyre specifications available for the race was used, with three different specs making it onto the podium to provide a further illustration of the French products’ performance and versatility.

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