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.


WRC launches 2018 campaign in Birmingham

The 2018 FIA World Rally Championship was given an official send-off today at Autosport International which is taking place this weekend at Birmingham’s NEC in England. The presentation was attended by all the factory crews and their Michelin-equipped cars.


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.

The 2018 Rallye Monte-Carlo provided a wintry cocktail of snow, ice, frost and wet, damp and dry asphalt which kept crews on their toes from flag to flag.

The mix made selecting the ideal tyre choice practically impossible, forcing the drivers to focus on finding the best compromise for each loop, from a range of options that comprised the super-soft and soft Michelin Pilot Sport asphalt tyres, along with studded and non-studded variants of the Pilot Alpin.

Action kicked off with an awesome 36-kilometre version of the Col de Fontbelle test which, this year, ran from Thoard to Sisteron, with a three-kilometre section of ice at the beginning of the downhill section. Apart from this portion, the other 60km of the week’s opening loop were entirely dry, prompting drivers to opt for clear asphalt tyres – without studs – in the knowledge that they would have to be especially careful over the icy part.

This tactic proved costly, however, for Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin), Kris Meeke (Citroën/Michelin), Elfyn Evans (Ford/Michelin) and Ott Tanak (Toyota/Michelin) whose mishaps practically handed the win to Ogier barely 20km into the rally.

Despite a spin in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin, the five-time world champion eased into an early lead which he consequently defended from his former team-mate Tanak. The Frenchman made another small error on Friday afternoon but a stupefying time on Saturday morning’s snowy SS9 put him out of the Estonian’s reach for good.

Jari-Matti Latvala joined fellow Toyota Gazoo Racing runner Tanak on the podium to put the Japanese firm provisionally on top of the Manufacturers’ standings, 20 years after its last Monte Carlo victory on Michelin rubber in 2008. Team-mate Esapekka Lappi survived an ‘off’ on the Power Stage but it saw him slip back several places from fourth.This position was snapped up by the Power Stage victor Kris Meeke, while Thierry Neuville squeezed past Ford’s Elfyn Evans to narrowly clinch fifth spot on the final test in his Hyundai i20 Coupé.

Andreas Mikkelsen was able to re-join after suffering an early technical problem, but his Hyundai/Michelin team-mate Dani Sordo crashed out for good on SS9.

Michelin and Skoda Motorsport secured another win in the WRC2 class with the Czech Republic’s Jan Kopecky whose job was facilitated by the retirement of Ford M-Sport’s Eric Camilli. There was victory for Michelin in the two-wheel drive contest, too, thanks to the reigning French Champion Yohann Bonato (Peugeot 208 R2).


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. 

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Daniel Abt claims maiden Formula E success

Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) notched up the first Formula E victory of his career at Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix. The German was joined on the podium by Oliver Turvey (2nd, NextEv NIO Sport/Michelin) and Sébastien Buemi (3rd, Renault e.dams/Michelin). 


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.

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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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