FIA WEC

One-two success at home for Toyota!

Toyota Gazoo Racing took a predictable win at Fuji Speedway, Japan, on Sunday. Top prize went to the N°7 TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez, while Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso (N°8) made it a one-two finish for the Japanese squad on home soil. Porsche/Michelin came first in both LM GTE classes. 

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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™

MotoGP™: Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) takes Sepang spoils

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, penultimate round of the 2018 MotoGPTM Word Championship, was won by Marc Márquez. The recently-crowned champion was joined on the Sepang podium by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3/Michelin). The result settled the Manufacturers’ title chase in favour of Honda.  

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FIA WRC

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.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin) and Yamaha return to winning ways in Australia

The thrilling 2018 Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Round 17 of the MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by Maverick Viñales. The Yamaha rider was joined on the Phillip Island podium by Andrea Iannone (Ecstar Suzuki Team/Michelin) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) who made it three different bikemakers in the top three.  

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