Michelin Motorsport News

Rallye Açores: the ERC’s ‘Ocean Drive’

After the all-asphalt visit to Ireland, the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship switches back to dirt for this weekend’s SATA Rallye Açores. The absence of Esapekka Lappi will give the championship leader’s rivals a chance to bridge the gap.

After SS12: Hirvonen emerges from the fog

With just two difficult stages remaining in the 2014 edition of Rally Argentina, Jari-Matti Latvala (VW/Michelin) looks well-placed to clinch his maiden victory in South America as the Finn now has more than a minute’s advantage in-hand over Sébastien Ogier. Third-placed Kris Meeke (Citroën) is staving off the attentions of Andreas Mikkelsen (VW) in fourth, whilst the delayed Mikko Hirvonen won stages 11 and 12 in the fog.

Who will take the place of El Nino?

After a five-week break, the FIA World Rally Championship resumes this week in Argentina. Sébastien Ogier’s dream is to win this event which has slipped through his fingers several times and thereby take over from ‘El Nino’ Loeb who went unbeaten in South America from 2005 to 2013.

Leg 1: Latvala leads Ogier

Off the back of four one-two finishes in as many stages, it is no surprise to see the Michelin-shod Volkswagen Polo R WRCs occupying the top two spots in the overall classification at the end of the opening leg of Rally Argentina 2014, with Jari-Matti Latvala leading Sébastien Ogier by 17.7 seconds. Five ‘works’ drivers have already been forced into retirement.

ERC: An emphatic victory for Lappi in Northern Ireland

An assertive drive from Skoda Motorsport’s Esapekka Lappi on the Circuit of Ireland, round four of the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship, saw him lead a Skoda/Michelin one-two, along with Sepp Wiegand. The two Peugeot 208 T16s both retired.

The new Citroën DS3 R5 breaks cover

After being presented at last year’s Rally de Portugal, the Citroën DS3 R5 is poised to make its competitive debut this weekend on the Italian Championship’s famous Rallye Sanremo.

ERC: ‘Circuit’ experience for the Euro stars

The 2014 Circuit of Ireland Rally is round four of the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). Irishman Craig Breen will be targeting more success for the Peugeot 208 T16/Michelin in Northern Ireland.

Wednesday’s WRC notes: Portugal

The Wednesday after every WRC round, we look back at some of the anecdotes and stories thrown up by the event. Today, we review what occurred during the 2014 Rally de Portugal…

A strong entry for the Algarve

With the exception of Rally Finland, which frequently attracts some 100 starters, the 2014 Vodafone Rally de Portugal is the WRC’s most popular round for five years, with an entry of 85 crews. Sébastien Ogier and Volkswagen are the big favourites.

No resistance for Ogier in Portugal!

Sébastien Ogier (Volkswagen/Michelin) won the Vodafone Rally de Portugal for the fourth time today. The Frenchman took the victory by a margin of 43.2 seconds over Mikko Hirvonen (Ford), while Mads Ostberg (+1m12.4s) was third for Citroën.

ERC: First victory for the Peugeot 208 T16!

The new Peugeot 208 T16/Michelin celebrated its maiden international outing by collecting victory in Greece in the hands of Irishman Craig Breen. The FIA European Rally Championship qualifier’s all-Michelin top five (five different cars!) was rounded off by Bouffier (Citroën), Kajetanowicz (Ford), Lappi (Skoda) and Magalhaes (Peugeot).

Monte Carlo glory for Tesla and Renault

After victories for Volkswagen and Opel on the ‘modern’ and ‘historic’ events respectively, Tesla and Renault can now also claim Rallye Monte-Carlo success in 2014. Tesla took the top prize in the 15th Rallye Monte-Carlo des Energies Nouvelles (‘New Energies’) and Renault won the 5th Rallye Monte-Carlo ZENN (Zero Emission, No Noise).