FIA WEC

Le Mans 2017: Toyota/Michelin grabs history-making pole!

The final evening of Le Mans qualifying turned out to be a landmark occasion with drivers setting new qualifying records up and down the classes. Toyota/Michelin’s Kamui Kobayashi (N°7 TS050-Hybrid, Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin) stunned his rivals early on with a 3m14.791. That not only took the wind out of Porsche’s sails but also goes down as the fastest ever lap in Le Mans history. There were record performances, too, in LMP2 (N°26 Oreca), LM GTE Pro (N°97 Aston Martin) and LM GTE Am (N°50 Chevrolet/Michelin).

FIA WEC

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota/Michelin dominates Test Day

The top three places at Sunday’s official pre-Le Mans Test Day were monopolised by Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin prototypes. Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi (N°7 Toyota) bettered the 2016 pole-winning time, while Michelin runners also dominated the LM GTE Pro class with Corvette and Porsche.

FIA WEC

6 Hours of Bahrain (WEC): Audi/Michelin bows out with 1-2 finish

Audi produced a one-two finish in Bahrain to mark its final prototype endurance racing appearance. The race was won by the N°8 R18 (Duval/Di Grassi/Jarvis) ahead of the N°7 sister car (Tréluyer/Lotterer/Fässler). Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb are the 2016 FIA WEC Drivers’ champions, while Ferrari/Michelin won the GT Manufacturers World Cup.

The pole-winning N°8 Audi R18/Michelin dominated the last round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship which ended after nightfall at Sakhir International Circuit today.

Loïc Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis claimed their second win of the season to finish second in the Drivers’ championship, 12.5 points short of Le Mans victors Romain Dumas, Neel Jani et Marc Lieb.

The latter trio was involved in a tangle on Lap 2 but the N°6 Toyota Hybrid of title challengers Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi could manage no better than fifth at the flag.

Mark Webber (N°1 Porsche/Michelin) concluded his glittering career in third place behind the N°7 Audi (Tréluyer/Lotterer/Fässler) as the German make ended an 18-year spell in prototype racing that harvested 107 wins with Michelin.

In LM GTE Pro, victory for the N°95 Vantage handed the Teams’ crown to Aston Martin Racing and the Drivers’ title to Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. The N°51 (Bruni/Calado) and N°71 (Rigon/Bird) Michelin-equipped Ferraris earned the GT Manufacturers’ title for the Italian make.

There was a one-two finish for Porsche/Michelin in LM GTE Am with the N°88 (Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing) and N°78 (KCMG) 911 RSRs after the N°98 Aston Martin/Michelin suffered an engine issue. The class’s Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns ended up in the hands of AF Corse and Emmanuel Collard/François Perrodo/Rui Aguas (N°83 Ferrari/Michelin) respectively.

The LM P2 class was on by the N°26 Oreca-Nissan (G-Drive Racing), ahead of the N°43 Ligier-Nissan (RGR) and the 2016 title-winning N°36 Alpine.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Rossi returns to winning ways at Assen

Sunday’s Motul Assen TT, round eight of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Second and third were fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Prama Racing) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). 

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2017: Michelin’s 20th Le Mans consecutive victory in numbers

Michelin won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 20th straight year and for the third year in a row in association with Porsche after posting the fastest ever lap of the French circuit with Toyota. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Assen’s ‘Cathedral of Speed’ for the Dutch GP

Assen is the only circuit to have been visited by the MotoGPTM World Championship every season since 1949. The Motul TT Assen is round eight of the 2017 calendar. 

24H du Mans

Porsche LMP Team hands Michelin its 20th straight Le Mans win!

The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin extend its uninterrupted winning record in La Sarthe to 20 outright victories since 1998. It was assisted in its quest by the dogged determination of the N°2 Porsche crew (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) who fought back from an early technical issue to scoop the coveted trophy with an hour to go. Along with the N°8 Toyota, which finished back in ninth spot, the German machine was one of only two LMP1-H prototypes to reach the flag after disaster struck the class’s other three factory entries. Michelin’s successful weekend was compounded by a one-two-three finish in LM GTE Am in association with Ferrari, plus a double podium in LM GTE Pro.

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