FIA WEC

Rebellion/Michelin takes Shanghai win

The 4 Hours of Shanghai – Round 3 of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the N°1 Rebellion R13/Michelin of Senna/Menezes/Nato. Second and third were the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped Toyota Hybrids which were carrying ballast in keeping with the latest regulations. The LMGTE Pro and Am laurels went to Ferrari/Michelin and Aston Martin/Michelin respectively.

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.

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.

In 2017, 33 Formula 1 drivers were inducted into the FIA’s first Hall of Fame. In January of this year, they were joined by 17 WRC champions and, last night, 29 endurance racing stars were added to the list.

“Endurance racing has always had a special place in motorsport, as well as in my heart,” said the FIA president and former Peugeot Sport team boss Jean Todt. “The Sportscar World Championship for Drivers was created in 1981. There was a short period when it wasn’t organised, but its future looks particularly bright today.”

After a short video covering the discipline in the 1980s, the FIA Endurance Commission’s president Richard Mille handed the first of the night’s special awards to Bob Garretson, the sport’s inaugural world champion. “Back then, we were amateurs – we just went out to race and did the best we could,” he recalled.

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The American was followed onto the stage by Hans-Joachim Stuck, Raul Boesel, Martin Brundle and Mauro Baldi, then by Yannick Dalmas and Derek Warwick who shared the 1992 title driving a Peugeot 905/Michelin.

Next up were the two-time champions, beginning with Jacky Ickx who paid tribute to the mechanics, engineers and all those who work in the shadows, without whom champions would never be champions. Derek Bell and the 1989 champ Jean-Louis Schlesser – winner of nine races for Sauber-Mercedes/Michelin – were then presented with their awards.

The second part of the evening was given over to those drivers who have been crowned in the more recent FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer, Loïc Duval/Allan McNish/Tom Kristensen, Anthony Davidson, Mark Webber, Yannick Dumas/Neel Jani/Marc Lieb, Earl Bamber and Kazuki Nakajima were all invited to receive their commemorative prizes, followed by two-time WEC champion Sébastien Buemi and then Brendon Hartley/Timo Bernhard who notched up 23 podium finishes together with Porsche/Michelin.

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Last to receive his award was Fernando Alonso who became the first driver to be inducted into two different FIA Halls of Fame (F1 and endurance racing). “I have always been a fan of endurance racing and Le Mans. Kazuki, Sébastien and Toyota helped me to make a dream come true.”

Michelin won 24 races and four titles during the years the Sportscar World Championship was organised and has so far picked up 61 victories and 14 titles in the FIA WEC, not to mention its 28 Le Mans wins.

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.

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.

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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