FIA WRC

Citroën and Michelin: a winning combination in the WRC

Citroën has announced its intention to curtail its involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship. Together, the French car firm and Michelin have harvested five Manufacturers’ titles, four Drivers’ crowns, 58 world-class wins and 150 podium finishes.

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Rally Australia cancellation hands WRC crown to Hyundai, with Michelin*

Raging fires in New South Wales have forced Rally Australia’s organisers to cancel the curtain-closing round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. Their decision has handed this season’s Manufacturers’ title to Hyundai which has earned Michelin’s 56th WRC crown in the process. 

FIA WRC

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.

FIA WEC

Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Britons rule at 2019/2020 curtain raiser in Saudi Arabia

Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) took the two wins at the opening meeting of the 2019/2020 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Michelin has been the official tyre supplier to the FIA’s all-electric racing series since its creation in 2014.

MOTOGP™

MotoE: Ferrari claims inaugural Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup

Fifth place at the last round of the 2019 Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup sufficed for Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to become the new competition’s first champion. The weekend’s two races were won by pole-winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez wraps up 2019 with home success

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana was won by Spaniard Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) was second, while Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. All three riders chose the same tyre combination for the 19th and last round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship.  

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