FIA WEC

Toyota/Michelin wins Silverstone WEC opener

Toyota Gazoo Racing and Michelin won Great Britain’s 6 Hours of Silverstone for the second time after their maiden victory there together in 2014. First past the flag was the N°8 TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima, which finished clear of the N°2 (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) and N°1 (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) Porsches. Michelin won all three of the classes in which it was represented. 

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.

FIA WEC

6 Hours of Shanghai (WEC): the title chases come to a head

The 6 Hours of Shanghai, penultimate round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, could see Porsche and Michelin wrap up this year’s titles in the WEC’s premier class.

Porsche Team enjoys a 59-point lead in the Manufacturers’ table and could make sure of its second straight crown in China where the Michelin-equipped Porsche 919 Hybrids were dominant last season. There will be two cars this time around, for Bernhard/Webber/Hartley (N°1) and Drivers’ championship leaders Dumas/Jani/Lieb (N°2).

Audi, which recently announced its withdrawal from the WEC at the end of the year, will be keen on scoring its 108th prototype victory with its tyre partner Michelin since 2000. The make will be represented by two crews, namely Duval/Di Grassi/Jarvis (N°8 Audi R18/Michelin) and Lotterer/Tréluyer/Fässler (N°7).

Toyota Gazoo Racing will be looking to build on its recent victory on home soil at Fuji. Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi (N°6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin) are currently second in the Drivers’ standings, while their Davidson/Buemi/Nakajima (N°5) will be hoping for a switch in their recent fortunes.

The fight for the LM GTE Pro titles is equally close, with Ferrari/Michelin three points clear of Aston Martin. Ford/Michelin is still in the running, too. AF Corse, which has never won at Shanghai, will have Michelin-equipped Ferrari 488s for Bruni/Calado (N°51) and Rigon/Bird (N°71).

The Italian outfit also tops the LM GTE Am Endurance Trophy with its N°83 Ferrari/Michelin and could secure the title this weekend. The N°98 Aston Martin/Michelin is on a run of three straight victories, however. In LM P2, Signatech-Alpine could wrap up the Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns in Shanghai, as well, with its N°36 prototype and Menezes/Lapierre/Richelmi.

Shanghai International Circuit (5.451km), which has hosted the FIA WEC since 2012, features two long straights, several fast curves and three particularly tight turns (1, 6 and 14). Engineers consequently look essentially for good top speed and stability under braking. Finding the ideal aero balance can be complex and tyre choices are dependent on the chosen settings. There can be significant rear tyre wear because of the frequent hard acceleration from low speed, and the front-left covers also face a hard time.

Free practice will start on Friday, November 4, followed by qualifying early Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s race will start at 11am local time and a field of 32 cars is expected.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: off to Austin!

After visiting Qatar and Argentina, the MotoGPTM World Championship travels to the Circuit of the Americas, near Austin, Texas, USA, for round three of the 2017 season: the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: a second straight win for Viñales

The winner of the second round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, was Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who also won the season’s recent opener in Qatar. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) were second and third in South America. 

FIA WRC

Neuville claims Corsica win for Hyundai/Michelin

Thierry Neuville earned a handsome victory for Hyundai Motorsport in Corsica to become the fourth different winner of a WRC round from four starts this year. Michelin’s score on the Mediterranean island now stands at 25 outright victories with 11 different makes since the championship’s creation in 1973.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: next stop Argentina

After the season’s opener in Qatar, the MotoGPTM teams and riders are in Argentina this weekend for Round 2 of the 2017 world championship at Termas de Río Hondo.

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