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Nürburgring 24: the night takes its toll

The 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours has lost some its early pace-setters through a variety of incidents, and this steady attrition has promoted the N°20 BMW Z4 GT3 of Klingman/Baumann/Hürtgen/Tomczyk to the top of the order with half of the distance completed. The N°4 Audi and N°1 Mercedes (+26s and +55s) were second and third respectively at 4am. The two Marc VDS BMWs and the N°14 Mercedes have suffered damage.

Nürburgring 24 (H+2): Mercedes leads but McLaren strong

The 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours is provisionally led by the N°14 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 of Al Faisal Abdulaziz/Haupt/Christodoulou/Buurman after 12 laps. However, most of the front-running so far has been done by the N°66 McLaren MP4 12C GT3 which has made one extra pit stop compared to its rivals. After a sequence of early incidents, the German race has settled into something of a rhythm with two hours completed.

Nürburgring 24: around 100 cars on Michelin rubber

Michelin is supplying around 100 cars at the Nürburgring this weekend, including 17 entered by the French firm’s official partners Audi, Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz which are using so-called ‘confidential’ tyres.

Nürburgring 24: few changes after Qualifying 2

The second qualifying session of the week has confirmed which 30 cars will take part in this afternoon’s ‘Top-30-Qualifying’ shootout (40 minutes). Today’s fastest lap (8m24.023s) was posted by the N°10 Audi but the final top-four remained unchanged compared with Thursday night.

Nürburgring 24 Hours: welcome to hell!

The Nordschleife, familiarly known as The Green Hell, is this weekend hosting the 42nd running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The paddock is already packed with teams and the campsites are almost full. It promises to be a bumper year!

ERC: Ypres’ 50th!

Round six of the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship is the Geko Rally Ypres which is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary edition. There’s an even more compact format and another strong entry, including five past winners.

WRC (Italy): 20th WRC win for Ogier (VW/Michelin)

The 2014 Rally Italia-Sardegna, round six of the FIA World Rally Championship, saw Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claim their 20th world class victory. They were joined on the podium by Mads Ostberg (Citroën, +1m21.3s) and Jari-Matti Latvala (VW, +1m32.8s), who led from SS5 to SS12.

FIA WEC

PORSCHE NEWSLETTER

FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP (WEC)Porsche and Michelin on the podium at SilverstoneThe LMP1-H class Porsche 919 Hybrid prototype impressed with third-place on its eagerly-anticipated debut at the 6 Hours of Silverstone. In the LMGTE Pro category, Porsche and Michelin ruled the roost with a one-two finish for the 911 RSR.

FIA Formula E

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV: approved for the new Formula E championship!

A test session at Issoire, near Clermont-Ferrand, France, on April 14-16, 2014, enabled Michelin to sign off the new tyre that will feature in the brand-new FIA Formula E World Championship for electric single-seater racing cars which kicks off later this year.

Trial: Toni Bou back to the lead

After a tough event for him last week in Corsica, Toni Bou (Montesa Michelin) reacted this weekend in Alagna Valsesia (Italian Alps). The reigning World champion won the event and is back at the lead of the series, just one point ahead of Adam Raga (Gas Gas).

Trial: Adam Raga leads the world

For the first time in its history the French island of Corsica met a Trial World Championship round, and for sure this race will stay in the memories! At first the race was stopped during the first day, and then the event saw Adam Raga (Gas Gas) beating the reigning World Champion to lead the series.

MotoGP: Michelin back in 2016

After a seven-year absence from the discipline, Michelin is to return as official tyre supplier to the MotoGP World Championship for three years beginning in 2016. The French firm has won 26 world titles and 360 race wins in motorcycle racing’s premier competition.

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