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Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

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Tänak wins in Wales

The 2019 Wales Rally GB – Round 12 of the FIA World Rally Championship – was won by Toyota/Michelin’s Ott Tänak, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). The all-new Michelin Latitude Cross S70 helped Kalle Rovanperä to claim the WRC2 Pro spoils and clinch the class’s title.

After failing to reap the rewards of an assertive performance in Wales this time last year, Tänak fought off more pressing opposition this time around to appear in front after Day 1, before extending his lead on Day 2 and ultimately pocketing his maiden Wales Rally GB success on Sunday afternoon.

The Estonian’s sixth win of the year and the five bonus points he earned for topping the Power Stage have taken him a step closer to securing his first ever Drivers’ crown thanks to cushions of 28 and 41 points respectively over Neuville and Ogier, with 60 points up for grabs at the season’s last two fixtures in Catalonia and Australia.

True to tradition, the field was greeted by torrential rain in the North Wales forests. Despite the treacherously conditions, however, Michelin’s soft- and medium-compound Michelin LTX Force and Latitude Cross tyres provided competitors with valuable grip, and the all-new Latitude Cross S70 (soft) clocked the fastest time on 17 of the week’s 21 stages in the RC2 class (WRC2 Pro + WRC2).

Ulsterman Kris Meeke (Toyota/Michelin) appeared in front on Day 1 but slipped back to fourth in the final standings, while local hero Elfyn Evans won four stages to pip Andreas Mikkelsen (6th, Hyundai/Michelin) to fifth spot on the last morning.

Unsurprisingly, the fast stages and challenging conditions caught out several front-runners, including Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin), Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin), Esapekka Lappi (Citroën/Michelin) and Craig Breen (Hyundai/Michelin).

Finland’s Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda/Michelin) outclassed his opponents to pocket his fifth WRC2 Pro victory of the campaign and claim the class’s world title, just two years after his making his first world-class appearance.

The 2003 world champion Petter Solberg (Volkswagen) celebrated his 191st and last WRC outing by topping the WRC2 order, ahead of Frenchmen Pierre-Louis Loubet (Skoda/Michelin) and Adrien Fourmaux (Ford/Michelin).

The next round of the 2019 FIA WRC will take teams to Spain on October 24-27 for RallyRACC-Catalunya – the season’s only mixed-surface (dirt/asphalt) event.

2019 Wales Rally GB – final positions:

1. Tänak/Järvoeja (Toyota Yaris WRC), 3h0m58.0s

2. Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +10.9s

3. Ogier/Ingrassia (Citroën C3 WRC), +23.8s

4. Meeke/Marshall (Toyota Yaris WRC), +35.6s

5. Evans/Martin (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +48.6s

6. Mikkelsen/Jaeger (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +58.2s

7. Tidemand/Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +5m23.8s

8. Breen/Nagle (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +9m25.0s

9. Rovanperä/Halttunen (Skoda Fabia R5) (1st, WRC2 Pro), +10m51.5s

10. Solberg/Mills (Volkswagen Polo GTi), 11m36.1s

Etc.

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Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

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Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.

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Sixty-two entries for last Le Mans to star hybrid LMP1 prototypes

Le Mans organiser ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has listed the 62 entries that have been invited to take part in the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 13-14. More than 50 cars will contest the race on Michelin rubber. The French firm is targeting its 23rd straight win in La Sarthe and its 29th in total. Hybrid LMP1 prototypes will appear for the last time.

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Da Costa (DS Techeetah/Michelin) takes Marrakech laurels

Antonio Felix Da Costa steered his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped DS E-Tense FE20 to victory in Marrakesh, home of Round 5 of the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Morocco, Africa’s number one nation in terms of renewable energy, has hosted Formula E action every year since 2016.

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