FIA WEC

Seventh heaven for Toyota/Michelin at Fuji

Seven is a lucky number in Japan. It is also the number of times Toyota/Michelin has won its home round – the 6 Hours of Fuji – since the FIA World Endurance Championship’s creation in 2012. This year’s victory went to the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley, chased by the N°7 sister car of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. Michelin came first in all four classes thanks to the N°29 Oreca07-Gibson in LMP2, and the N°95 and N°90 Aston Martins in LMGTE Pro and Am.

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FIA WEC - 6 Hours of Fuji - Racecard

All you need to know about the 6 Hours of Fuki, 2nd round of the 2019/2019 FIA World Endurance championship. Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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Toyota wins as Porsche/Michelin seals 2017 WEC crown

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin at the 6 Hours of Shanghai in the hands of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima did not prevent Porsche Team from securing a third straight FIA WEC title. The German squad’s Timo Bernard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber claimed the 2017 Drivers’ crown. 

The 6 Hours of Shanghai, penultimate round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, was dominated by Toyota Gazoo Racing which saw its N°7 car qualify on pole position before the two Japanese prototypes topped the order for much of the race itself.

A Toyota one-two appeared to be on the cards until the N°7 car of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez tangled with the N°91 Porsche GTE, leading to an unscheduled pit stop. The N°8 sister car went on to seal the day’s victory, with second spot going instead to the N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Bernhard/Hartley/Bamber) which made sure of a third straight Manufacturers’ title for Porsche Team. The N°1 Porsche (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) was third.

Runner-up honours for the N°2 car allowed Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber to wrap up the Drivers’ championship to add to their Le Mans triumph in June.

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There was another splendid stand-off in LM GTE Pro which saw six different cars top the leaderboard. First place was finally pocketed by the N°67 Ford/Michelin after Priaulx/Tincknell finished 11 seconds clear of the N°91 Porsche/Michelin which was delayed by its late collision with the Toyota prototype. The N°51 Ferrari (Calado/Pier Guidi) was a further eight seconds adrift in third place, but that was enough for Ferrari/Michelin to earn the GT Manufacturers’ title.

The N°98 Aston Martin (Lauda/Lamy/Dalla Lana) took the LM GTE Am spoils, ahead of the N°86 and N°77 Porsches, and there was a third LMP2 victory in as many races for Vaillante-Rebellion. Its N°31 car (Canal/Prost/Senna) was joined on the podium by the N°36 Alpine and its N°13 sister car. Former actor Jackie Chan officially flagged away the Chinese race but his team’s N°38 prototype finished just shy of the class’s podium on home soil.

The last round of the 2017 FIA WEC will take teams to Bahrain on November 18.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Motul Grand Prix of Japan - Racecard

Michelin is ready for the busiest 3-weeks of the MotoGP season as the championship begins a trio of races starting with Motul Grand Prix of Japan before heading to Australia and Malaysia. Download our racecard to to find out more about this round!Click on the photo to dowload the racecard.

Michelin’s first Formula 1 world titles

In 1979, Michelin demonstrated the superiority of its radial tyre technology by claiming the first of its titles in the Formula 1 World Championship. Forty years on, the French firm continues to see motorsport as a means to innovate and take its technologies forward, especially in competitions that place the accent on sustainable mobility and lasting performance. 

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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.

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MotoGP™: Márquez claims victory and the 2019 title in Thailand

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) finished on top after a splendid scrap with Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) to collect his ninth win of the year and put the seal on his eighth world crown – his sixth at MotoGPTM level. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was third as Michelin tyres contributed to a grand slam of new records (fastest lap, fastest race lap, top speed and race duration) thanks to its MICHELIN Power Slick range which proved a perfect match for the challenge of Buriram.  

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