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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. 

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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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Porsche vs Toyota in 2017

In addition to releasing the entry list for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has named the teams it has invited to take part in June’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin is targeting its 20th straight win in the celebrated French race (June 17-18).

After cruelling missing out on Le Mans glory in 2016, Toyota Gazoo Racing has chosen to return to La Sarthe with three Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids. Multiple WTCC champion Jose-Maria Lopez will team up with Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi in the N°7 prototype, while Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima will share the N°8 car, with Stéphane Sarrazin captaining the N°9 entry.

Meanwhile, in addition to defending its 2016 world titles, Porsche Team will be chasing its third win in a row at Le Mans. It will field two cars in France and in the WEC, with Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy in the N°1 919 Hybrid/Michelin, and Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley in the sister machine (N°2).

Five carmakers (13 cars) will be represented in LM GTE Pro at Le Mans, namely Ferrari, Ford, Porsche, Corvette and Aston Martin. Michelin will provide rubber for the two AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GTEs (N°51, N°71), both new Porsche 911 RSRs (N°91, N°92), all four Ford GTs (N°66, N°67, N°68, N°69) and the two Corvette C7.Rs (N°63, N°64). Eight of these 13 cars are committed to the entire 2017 FIA WEC.

The most popular class is LM P2 which will boast 25 new prototypes at Le Mans and 13 in the world championship. Finally, 16 LM GTE Am cars – the majority on Michelin tyres – have received an invitation to race this year at Le Mans where Michelin will be targeting its 20th consecutive outright victory.

The ACO has also published a list of the 37 cars entered for the 2017 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) which will serve as the framework for the GT3 and LM P3 teams competing in the Michelin Le Mans Cup.

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). 

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. 

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 Formula E

Berlin ePrix: Rosenqvist on form in Berlin

Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) left Berlin with the weekend’s highest points haul thanks to his victory in Saturday’s race. Sunday’s victor was the championship’s provisional leader Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams).

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