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.

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.  

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.

The 6 Hours of COTA, Round 6 of the 2017 FIA WEC 2017, saw track temperatures at the Circuit of the Americas reach almost 45°C as ex-F1 star Rubens Barrichello flagged the cars away at midday local time. And with air temperatures of 35°C, the rule limiting drivers to a maximum of 80 minutes in the car at a time was enforced.

After locking out the front row of the grid in qualifying, the two Michelin-equipped Porsche 919 Hybrids got away to a clean start, but the similarly-shod Toyota TS050 Hybrids soon succeeded in splitting the German prototypes.

The first round of refuelling stops saw Buemi and Conway hand over their respective Toyotas to their team-mates, but Toyota Gazoo Racing chose to keep the cars on the same tyres for a second stint.

This manoeuvre resulted in the Japanese team appearing on top at the one-hour mark. Later, despite the heat, Porsche Team also took advantage of the longevity and consistency of its Michelin rubber to double stint.

A safety car interruption at around the halfway point threw the battle wide open once more and the four hybrid prototypes kept the Texan crowd entertained by performing some breath-taking passes in traffic.

Porsche eventually gained the upper hand and team orders allowed Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley (N°1) to claim their fourth straight win and extend their lead in the Drivers’ championship. The N°8 Toyota (Buemi/Sarrazin/Nakajima) was third.

36400087394_b15366d47d_o

The N°51 Ferrari/Michelin of James Calado and Alessandro Per Guidi followed up its recent Mexican success by beating the on-form N°92 Porsche 911 RSR to the LM GTE Pro prize by a margin of just 5.663 seconds. The N°71 Ferrari made it an all-Michelin top three in the searing heat, but the Ford GTs failed to overcome the handicap of their unfavourable BoP on home soil.

The LMP2 pole-winning N°36 Alpine (Lapierre/Menezes/Negrao) collected its first class victory of the year, followed over the line by the N°13 and N°31 Vaillante-Rebellions.

The LM GTE Am went to the N°98 Aston Martin (Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda) despite an early tangle. Second and third were the N°61 and N°54 Michelin-equipped Ferraris.

The next round will take teams to Mount Fuji, Japan, on October 15.

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

Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso takes Malaysia win!

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) collected his sixth success of the year with victory at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came second to notch up Ducati’s first one-two finish of the season, while Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was third. Fourth place for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) means the fight for the 2017 crown will be decided in Valence. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez to wrap up title in Malaysia?

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship concludes its autumn long-haul tour with the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix (Round 17 of 18). Marc Marquez travels to Sepang with a 33-point cushion at the top of the provisional standings and could well collect his fourth premier class crown this weekend. 

More about Michelin Motorsport
Discover

24H du Mans

Facts and Figures

2016 Records

Sustainable development