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2014 Dakar: A fourth Dakar triumph for Coma (KTM-Michelin)

After being forced to sit out the 2013 Dakar because of a shoulder injury, Marc Coma (KTM-Michelin) bounced straight back to the top to collect his fourth victory on this year’s event. His support rider Jordi Viladoms and Olivier Pain (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin) joined him on the podium, while Cyril Despres (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin) was fourth.

2014 Dakar – Leg 11: Coma and KTM in lead-management mode

Marc Coma (KTM-Michelin) has extended his cushion at the top of the 2014 Dakar’s leaderboard by winning the event’s 11th stage between Antofagasta and El Salvador. Cyril Despres (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin) was second on today’s test, ahead of team-mate Olivier Pain who claimed the first top-three time of his career.

2014 Dakar – Leg 8: first stage win for Despres

Cyril Despres (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin) secured his first stage victory of the 2014 Dakar in Calama, Chile, today. Last year’s outright winner beat Joan Barreda (Honda-Michelin) and Marc Coma (KTM-Michelin).

2014 Dakar – Leg 7: Barreda’s third stage victory!

Stage 7 of the 2014 Dakar between Salta, Argentina, and Uyuni, Bolivia, was won by Joan Barreda (Honda-Michelin) who has taken his score to three wins since last Sunday’s start. The Spaniard finished clear of the leader Marc Coma (KTM-Michelin) and Cyril Despres (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin), while Alain Duclos (Sherco-Michelin) dropped 19 minutes.

2014 Dakar – Leg 6: Duclos takes today’s top prize

Alain Duclos collected the fastest time of the day – the second of his career on the Dakar – en route from Tucuman to Salta. The Sherco-Michelin rider finished clear of Marc Coma (HTM-Michelin) and Mickael Metge (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin).

Le Mans 24: The Connected Race #LML24

How would you like to own a signed Tom Kristensen helmet, a signed Anthony Davidson race suit or a pair of signed ex-Mark Webber race shoes? These are just some of the exciting prizes to be won in The Connected Race competition* which LeMansLive’s Facebook page is running this week (June 8-15)!

Le Mans 24: an encouraging day for Toyota

The second session of the 2014 Le Mans Test Day saw Toyota/Michelin leave France with a psychological advantage over its rivals after posting the best two times overall. The fastest lap was secured by Buemi in the N°8 TS040 Hybrid, less than a second off last year’s pole-winning time! The N°3 and N°1 Audis were equal third on identical times. Porsche and Ferrari were fastest in LMGTE Pro and Am respectively, and the N°26 Morgan-Nissan set the pace in LMP2.

Spa (WEC): Victory #2 for Toyota/Michelin

Toyota’s fairy tale start to the 2014 season continued with another win for the N°8 TS040 Hybrid of Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi after its success two weeks ago at the FIA WEC’s curtain-raiser at Silverstone. The form of Porsche and Audi at Spa suggests another thrilling race at Le Mans, however. Ferraris dominated both the LMGTE Pro (N°51 F458 Italia) and Am (N°61) classes, while winner in LMP2 was the N°26 Morgan-Nissan.

Spa (WEC): Michelin in black and white

It was two years ago, at the 6 Hours of Spa, that Michelin introduced its new ‘hybrid’ tyre for endurance racing’s latest-generation prototypes. It had no tread pattern, so it resembled a slick, but it was in fact a revolutionary new type of ‘intermediate’ racing tyre for damp and drying conditions, like those we might see later today. To distinguish it from the slick, it had a white ‘Michelin Total Performance’ logo on the exterior sidewall.

Toyota on top ahead of Spa

After coming first and second at Silverstone, Toyota Racing is in a buoyant mood ahead of the 6 Hours Spa-Francorchamps, round two of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. Audi will clearly want to respond in Belgium where it will have three cars, while Porsche will be looking to build on its positive debut in the United Kingdom.

One-two success for Toyota/Michelin, 16 years after…

On Easter Sunday, Toyota didn’t put all its eggs in one basket. It was the team’s split strategy that helped its N°8 car to claim the win and ‘condemned’ the N°7 prototype to second place! It was the Japanese make’s first world class one-two result since the 1998 Rally New Zealand!

WEC Silverstone: one-two success for Toyota

Toyota Racing collected an emphatic one-two finish at Round 1 of the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone today. The N°8 TS040 Hybrid/Michelin of Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi was first past the flag, a lap clear of its N°7 sister car. Porsche was third, but no Audis completed the race. There were one-two finishes, too, for Porsche/Michelin in LMGTE Pro and for Aston Martin/Michelin in LMGTE Am. G-Drive Racing won the LMP2 class.

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