FIA WEC

Michelin to continue its involvement in the Asian Le Mans Series

With the last race of the 2017/2018 Asian Le Mans Series barely over, Michelin has confirmed its commitment to the four-round 2018/2019 campaign which will run from next November until February 2019.

FIA WEC

Michelin racks up its 50th WEC victory

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima at the 6 Hours of Bahrain – final round of the 2017 World Endurance Championship – saw Michelin notch up its 50th FIA WEC success. Porsche concluded its involvement in the series with two cars on the podium, while James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi made sure of the GT Drivers’ title with Ferrari/Michelin.

FIA WEC

One-two glory for Toyota/Michelin in Fuji downpour

In a repeat scenario of 2013, this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round seven of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – was marked by torrential rain. The appalling weather didn’t prevent the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids from monopolising the top two positions, however, while the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin came up trumps in LM GTE Pro.

The gales that swept over Japan this weekend played havoc with two major motorsport fixtures, namely the country’s motorcycle racing grand prix and the FIA WEC clash at Fuji. Rain upset both practice and the races themselves, putting Michelin’s wet-weather tyre ranges for both championships very much in the spotlight.

The WEC’s 6 Hours of Fuji started behind the safety car but red flags Were shown just half-an-hour in because of fog. There were then a number of yellow flag and ‘slow zone’ periods before action was finally curtailed prematurely, again due to poor visibility. Seventy-five percent of the distance had been completed, though, so full championship points were awarded.

Porsche and Toyota traded the lead but the win ended up in the hands of the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin (Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima) which was followed over the line by its N°7 sister car (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez), despite an early tangle with the N°1 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy, 3rd).

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s fifth victory on home soil has promoted it to within 60 points of Porsche in the provisional Manufacturers’ standings with two rounds to come. The pole-winning N°2 Porsche/Michelin of Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley ended up a lap short of the day’s victors.

The LM GTE Pro fight saw the N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin (Calado/Pier Guidi) finish 0.968s and 3.449s clear of the N°91 (Lietz/Makowiecki) and N°92 (Christensen/Estre) Porsche 911 RSRs respectively. The N°66 Ford GT and N°71 Ferrari made it an all-Michelin top five.

There was one-two success for Ferrari/Michelin in LM GTE Am thanks to Spirit of Race’s N°54 Ferrari (Flohr/Castellacci/Molina) and the N°61 Clearwater Racing car (Mok/Sawa/Griffin), while the LMP2 honours went to the N°31 Vaillante Rebellion (Canal/Prost/Senna), ahead of the N°36 Alpine and N°38 Oreca.

Teams will travel next to Shanghai, China, for the season’s penultimate showdown on November 5.

MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

FIA WRC

Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.

24H du Mans

Michelin targeting a 21st Le Mans victory

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published the list of the 60 competitors it has invited to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin, which is unbeaten in the French endurance classic since 1998, is targeting a 21st consecutive victory this time around, and its 27th in total since the race was first organised in 1923.

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