FIA WEC

Second Spa success for the N°8 Toyota/Michelin!

The N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin (Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso) overcame atrocious weather to secure its second straight victory at Spa-Francorchamps. The six-hour race was interrupted on several occasions due to hailstones and even snow. The other podium finishers were the N°3 Rebellion/Michelin N°3 (Berthon/Laurent/Menezes) and the N°11 BR1-AER/Michelin (Aleshin/Petrov/Vandoorne). In addition to securing the top prize in LMP2 with Dragonspeed’s N°31 Oreca-Gibson (Maldonado/Gonzalez/Davidson), Michelin also topped the LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am classes with the N°97 Aston Martin (Martin/Lynn) and N°77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche (Ried/Pera/Campbell). Porsche and the N°92 crew Christensen/Estre are the 2018/2019 FIA WEC GT Manufacturers and Drivers champions with Michelin.

FIA WEC

FIA WEC - 6 Hours of Spa - Racecard

All you ever wanted to know about the 6 Hours of Spa, penultimate of the 2018/2019 World Endurance Championship (WEC) Super Season.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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.

 

Despite starting last in the LMP1 order, the crew of the N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid successfully picked off its rivals one by one to secure its first victory of the 2018/2019 FIA WEC campaign. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose-Maria Lopez posted consistently quick times (fastest race lap: Lopez/1m25.603s) to earn Toyota Gazoo Racing’s sixth win at the Fuji International Speedway.

Wet conditions saw Japan’s WEC encounter get underway behind the safety car, with the majority of Michelin’s partners running on rain tyres. Ten or so laps into the race, however, there was a rush for the pits to fit intermediate rubber (Michelin’s ‘Hybrid’ slick in the case of the LM P1 prototypes) before everyone switched to slicks when the conditions dried. The mixed weather meant Michelin’s entire range of endurance racing tyres was used.

The battle for third place essentially opposed the Rebellion and SMP Michelin-equipped non-hybrid prototypes. After problems for both teams (the N°3 Rebellion crashed out and the N°11 SMP prototype was delayed by an alternator belt problem), the final podium position ended up in the hands of Jani/Lotterer/Senna in the N°1 Rebellion/Michelin (+4 laps).

In LM GTE Pro, there was another epic battle opposing every one of the five makes involved in the class. The pole-winning N°95 Aston Martin/Michelin led early on in the wet but, as the racing line dried, first place became the property of the N°82 BMW/Michelin, then the N°71 Ferrari/Michelin and, ultimately, the N°92 Porsche/Michelin. The 911 RSR of Kevin Estre/Michael Christensen crossed the line 12 seconds clear of the N°82 BMW (Blomqvist/Da Costa) which collected the German make’s best result to date. The N°67 Ford/Michelin and N°51 Ferrari/Michelin were third and fourth.

Porsche/Michelin secured the LM GTE Am laurels, too, thanks to the N°56 Team Project 1 car of Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti. The N°88 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche came second, ahead of the N°90 and N°98 Michelin-equipped Aston Martin Vantages.

Jackie Chan DC Racing took first and second places in LMP2 with its N°37 and N°38 prototypes.

The last round of the year will take teams to Shanghai on November 18, although the Chinese race will not mark the end of the 2018/2019 ‘Super Season’, of course!

24H du Mans

2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

24H du Mans

Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Danilo Petrucci earns maiden MotoGPTM victory at Mugello

Danilo Petrucci claimed the first premier-class win of his career at his home race on an Italian bike. The Ducati Team rider earned rapturous applause from the local fans when he was first across the line at Mugello, home of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s sixth round. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Petrucci’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. The performance of Michelin’s latest-generation MotoGPTM tyres contributed to the tumbling of several records.  

FIA WRC

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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