FIA WRC

Maiden WRC glory for Ott Tanak!

After collecting the first world class top-three finish of his career in Sardinia, in 2012, Estonia’s Ott Tanak celebrated his first world championship victory on the same event today. The Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin driver was joined on the Italian podium by Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai).

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Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

A fifth Rally de Portugal victory for Sébastien Ogier has taken the Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin star’s personal tally to 40 world class wins and level with Markku Alèn as the event’s most successful driver. The Frenchman has also established a new record for the highest number of WRC points scored at this level. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin rivals Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

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A fourth Monte Carlo victory for Ogier on Michelin rubber!

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) claimed Rallye Monte-Carlo glory for the fourth year running to notch up their 37th world class victory on Michelin tyres. Their success makes them the world championship’s most successful crew on the French firm’s rubber.

The conditions proved particularly complex for the opening round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) as the series celebrated the start of a new era, with new-look, more powerful World Rally Cars, plus the returns of Toyota and Citroën to rallying’s blue ribband class.

The wintry mountain stages near Gap, France, and, on the final day, north of Nice, made tyre choice exceptionally difficult and Michelin’s partners used all four of the tyres available to them - Pilot Sport SS5 (super-soft), S5 (soft), Alpin and studded Alpin – at one point or another over the four days.

The outcome was basically settled on Saturday’s SS13 when early pace-setter Thierry Neuville from Belgium damaged the suspension of his Hyundai i20 Coupé/Michelin after clouting a concrete wall. Prior to that cruel incident, he had won five stages and was 51 seconds clear of second-placed Sébastien Ogier.

The latter, who was making his debut appearance in the brand-new Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin, had squandered some 40s after slipping into a ditch on SS3. He started the final day in front, however. Then, as snow swept over the infamous Col de Turini test, he kept his cool to clinch his fourth consecutive Monte win, and the first for his new employer M-Sport since 2012.

The British team even got two cars onto the podium in the Principality despite engine trouble for Ott Tanak throughout the last leg. The Estonian soon fell from overnight second to third, but a masterful performance on the snowy Power Stage kept him in the top three. Even so, his misfortune allowed Finn Jari-Matti Latvala to snap up second place to celebrate Toyota’s return to the WRC after an 18-year absence.

In WRC2, Skoda Motorsport and Michelin came first and second with Andreas Mikkelsen and Pontus Tidemand. Privateer Bryan Bouffier (Ford/Michelin) as third.

Sébastien Ogier has now won 37 WRC rounds with Michelin, a record that puts him clear of fellow Frenchman Sébastien Loeb (36) and Finn Tommi Mäkinen (23).

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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