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): victory and title honours for Porsche/Michelin

The 2016 6 Hours of Shanghai saw the N°1 Porsche/Michelin (Bernhard/Webber/Hartley) take the spoils ahead of the N°6 and N°5 Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids of Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi and Davidson/Buemi/Nakajima respectively. Porsche Team won the Team’s crown for the second season running. The Drivers’ title will be settled in Bahrain.

 

 

With the exception of Turn 1, where Brendon Hartley was momentarily passed by Sébastien Buemi, the N°1 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin dominated in China to collect its fourth win of 2016. The result took the German make’s score to six victories so far to clinch the Teams’ endurance world title.

Toyota Gazoo Racing put its two cars onto the podium to prolong the Drivers’ crown suspense until the finale in Bahrain. Indeed, the battle between the N°2 Porsche of provisional championship leaders Dumas/Jani/Lieb (4th) and the Japanese prototypes was a highlight of the afternoon. Toyota eventually stole the advantage by keeping both its machines on the same tyres after their final refuelling stops.

Audi Sport Team Joest, which will curtail its FIA WEC activities at the end of the year, had a troubled time in China. Its two R18s ended up fifth (N°8) and sixth (N°7) after a mid-race collision. It was the first time since the season’s curtain-raiser at Silverstone that neither machine finished has inside the top three.

In LM P2, fourth place for the N°36 Signatech-Alpine (Lapierre/Menezes/Richelmi) sufficed to sew up the class’s Teams’ and Drivers’ endurance trophies. The day’s winner was the N°26 Oreca05-Nissan (G-Drive, Steven/Rusinov/Brundle), ahead of the N°30 and N°43 Ligier-Nissans.

There was another Ford/Michelin one-two in LM GTE Pro with the N°67 (Priaulx/Tincknell) and N°66 (Mücke/Pla) cars after their domination of qualifying. Third was the N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin which increased the Italian make’s lead over Aston Martin in the GT Manufacturers’ championship.

The N°98 Aston Martin Vantage/Michelin (Lamy/Dalla Lana/Lauda) picked up its fifth LM GTE Am victory of the year (its third in a row). Despite tangling on the last lap, the N°78 Porsche/Michelin (KCMG) and N°83 Ferrari/Michelin (AF Corse) joined in the podium celebrations. The LM GTE Am titles will be decided in Bahrain.

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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