FIA WEC

Porsche and Michelin triumph in Texan heat

Porsche Team collected its third consecutive one-two finish in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship when Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley took the win at Austin, Texas, USA, in the N°2 919 Hybrid, ahead of the similar car of Jani/Lotterer/Tandy. The N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Calado/Per Guidi won the LM GTE class.

FIA WEC

Porsche/Michelin enjoys Mexican fiesta

The 6 Hours of Mexico saw Porsche Team claim its second one-two finish in as many rounds of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, with the N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) securing top spot ahead of the N°1 sister prototype (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy). The N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids were third and fourth at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.    

FIA WEC

New look for world class endurance racing

Created in 2012, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is to undergo significant changes from next season when the series will straddle two calendar years (2018/2019) and conclude with the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. The LMP1 cars will run to new technical regulations. As a participant in the FIA WEC since the outset, Michelin approves the latest moves.

 

 

The idea of staging Le Mans as the WEC’s grand finale has been muted for some time by the competition’s organisers (FIA and Automobile Club de l’Ouest) and the transitional eight-round 2018/2019 campaign will last 18 months. If the provisional dates are approved by the FIA, the championship will start at Spa-Francorchamps in May 2018 and end at Le Mans in June 2019. As a result, both races will count twice!

From 2019/2020, the calendar will revert to a more conventional format, much like Formula E.

“Five years ago, Michelin worked with its partner teams, the ACO and the FIA to shape the original WEC,” notes Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon. “Michelin shares the values promoted by endurance racing, including open competition, innovation, sacrifice and team spirit, and we are in favour of the decisions taken by the ACO and the FIA to revitalise the championship.”

The 2018/2019 FIA WEC will get under way where the series originally kicked off back in March 2012, at Sebring, Florida, where the action will start at midnight! Fuji (Japan) and Shanghai (China) continue to feature, while the pre-season Prologue will return to Le Castellet, in the south of France. A new timetable will enable teams to carry out a 36-hour test as part of their preparations for Le Mans.

In the wake of the recent withdrawals of Audi and Porsche, the ACO and FIA also propose new technical regulations for the LMP1 prototypes aimed at reducing costs and aligning the performance of the hybrid and non-hybrid cars. “For Michelin, endurance racing serves as a formidable laboratory that helps us to carry over technologies from the race track to the street,” adds Pascal Couasnon. “Our goal is to continue developing tyres in the discipline, notably in LMP1.”

Michelin has won all 46 of the FIA WEC rounds organised to date, in association with three different carmakers and 27 different drivers.

Provisional 2018/2019 FIA WEC calendar

April 5-6                                  Prologue (Le Castellet, France)
May 4-5                                  6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
June 16-17                            Le Mans 24 Hours (France)
October 13-14                        6 Hours of Fuji (Japan)
November 3-4                        6 Hours of Shanghai (China)
February 2019                        TBC
March 15-16                           12 Hours of Sebring (USA)
May 3-4                                  6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
June 15-16                            Le Mans 24 Hours (France)

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: teams head east to Japan

MotoGPTM kicks off the Pacific-Asian leg of the 2017 world championship this weekend with the Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Round 14), the first of three back-to-back races along with Australia and Malaysia. Provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) stand out as the big favourites for this year’s title. 

FIA WRC

Meeke bounces back in Spain for Citroën/Michelin

Citroën Racing’s Kris Meeke stemmed a recent barren spell with an emphatic victory on the 2017 RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España in his Michelin-equipped Citroën C3 WRC. The Ulsterman was followed over the line by M-Sport team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta WRC/Michelin) whose efforts took the British outfit a step closer to its first Manufacturers’ crown since 2007. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Honda’s Aragon one-two

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón – Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: off to Aragon

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, takes teams to Spain this weekend. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) are provisionally level at the top of the Riders’ standings.  

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