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.

FIA WRC

Sixth Monte Carlo win for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Ford/Michelin) led the 2018 Rallye Monte-Carlo from start to finish to collect their fifth straight win in the Principality since 2013. Toyota/Michelin drivers Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala joined the French pair on the podium.

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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. 

Third place at the end of the season’s penultimate clash in Wales sufficed for Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia to clinch their fifth straight Drivers’ and Co-Drivers titles* at the wheel of their Michelin-equipped Fiesta RS WRC.

With a score of two outright wins and six other podium finishes to their name in 2017 before travelling to Wales Rally GB, the defending champs were under no obligation to claim the fifth victory of their career in the Welsh forests in order to wrap up the series. And that is probably just as well, since their remaining rivals in the title chase, namely Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville, had no intention of facilitating the French pair’s task. Indeed, it was only after the weekend’s final test – the Power Stage, on the shores of Llyn Brenig Reservoir – that Sébastien and Julien were able to give vent to their joy...

Meanwhile, a decade after securing the Manufacturers’ crown with Ford in 2007, privateer outfit M-Sport made sure of the season’s Makes’ honours*. Between them, the Michelin-equipped Ford Fiesta RS WRCs of Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak have totalled four outright wins to date and notched up 84 percent of the points tallied so far by the Malcolm Wilson-run operation.

M-Sport saw its three nominated cars finish inside the top six of Wales Rally GB, including first place thanks to Welshman Elfyn Evans who was thrilled to pocket his maiden win at this level on home soil. After an undefeated run of 92 FIA WRC outings, Michelin was pipped to top spot however by rival brand DMack which also celebrated its first WRC success, helped by tyres developed with the challenge of muddy Wales Rally GB in mind.

In contrast, Michelin placed the emphasis on ensuring that its soft-compound LTX Force S5 was capable of more versatile performance to cover all the gravel rounds of the calendar where it was likely to come into its own, like Mexico, Sardinia, Portugal, Poland, Finland and Wales.

With the French tyre firm already sure of this season’s WRC2 spoils thanks to Pontus Tidemand and Skoda Motorsport, the Swedish youngster finished on top again in Wales, chased by Frenchman Eric Camilli (Ford/Michelin).

The 2017 FIA World Rally Championship will draw to a close on November 17-19 in Australia where Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Ott Tanak (Ford/Michelin) will settle their scrap for this season’s silver medal.

(*) Subject to confirmation of the official results by the FIA.

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. 

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.

MOTOGP™

FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup to kick off in 2019

Michelin is to be the exclusive supplier of tyres to the new FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup. The French brand, which is also involved in motorcycle competition at MotoGP level, shares the same values as the new series which is poised to combine exciting racing with innovative technology from 2019. 

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