FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier secures his 7th WRC crown with Michelin

Sébastien Ogier won the 2020 Rally Monza to notch up his 47th world-class victory and the seventh FIA World Rally Championship crown of his career on Michelin tyres. The Italian event was the final outing of the French firm’s current spell in the FIA WRC which has seen it harvest no fewer than 347 victories, 1,037 podium placings and 58 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ world titles since the competition’s creation in 1973, aided by a long list of technological innovations and close working relationships with its driver and carmaker partners.

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Evans (Toyota/Michelin) triumphs in Turkey

Just hours before celebrating their victory together at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, Toyota and Michelin took the top prize in Round 5 of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. The laurels went to Welshman Elfyn Evans and his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC which scored the Franco/Japanese association’s 120th world-class rallying podium.

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1-2 glory for Hyundai/Michelin in Sardinia

Spain’s Dani Sordo collected his second straight Rally Italia Sardegna victory, heading home fellow Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin runner Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

As in 2019, Sordo took advantage of his favourable start order to emerge in front at the end of Day 1 in his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai before managing his lead over the weekend to claim the Italian gravel fixture for the second year running.

Second place ended up in the hands of team-mate Neuville who came out on top of his thrilling scrap with Ogier to ensure a one-two finish for Hyundai and score the South Korean make’s 65th world-class podium finish on Michelin rubber.

Fourth place sufficed for Elfyn Evans (Toyota/Michelin) to defend his footing at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings with two rounds of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship – Ypres and Monza – still to come.

The outgoing champion Ott Tänak (Hyundai/Michelin) had to settle for sixth place after being slowed by technical issues during Leg 1.

Initially scheduled to take place in June, this year’s Rally Italia Sardegna was postponed until October due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michelin Motorsport’s engineers read the change perfectly, however, and nominated the French firm’s medium-compound tyre as the week’s prime choice.

“It was the correct decision,” said Arnaud Rémy, manager of Michelin’s WRC programmes. “It also allowed us to win the fiercely-competitive RC2 class. The medium compound was the favourite choice for the morning stages, but the drivers ran different combinations of the medium and hard compounds in the afternoons as a function of their running order, the set-up of their car and their personal preference. Our tyres successfully covered all these different scenarios and there was very little wear to report.”

The RC2 battle was won by Finn Jari Huttunen, whose Hyundai i20 R5 was equipped with customer-spec Michelin Latitude Cross tyres, ahead of five drivers competing on rival rubber.

Next round: Ypres Rally Belgium (November 19-22).

2020 Rally Italia Sardegna – final positions:

  1. Sordo/Del Barrio (Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin), 2h41m37.5s
  2. Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin), +5.1s
  3. Ogier/Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin), +6.1s
  4. Evans/Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin), +1m2.3s
  5. Suninen/Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin), +1m33.9s
  6. Tanak/Jarveoja (Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin), +2m27.5s
  7. Loubet/Landais (Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin), +4m43.8s
  8. Huttunen/Lukka (Hyundai i20 R5/Michelin), +8m41.7s (1st, RC2)
  9. Kajetanowicz/Szczepaniak (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo), +10m2.9s
  10. Tidemand/Barth (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo), +10m20.9s

Etc.

FIA Formula E

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV lights up the Saudi sky

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV helped Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) and Sam Bird (Jaguar) to win the weekend’s two night-time Formula E e-prix in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyad. Michelin was a founding partner of the championship in 2014.

IMSA

IMSA: The Michelin Pilot Sport’s longevity pays at Daytona

The long-lasting performance credentials of the Michelin Pilot Sport helped the French firm to make a decisive mark at the opening round of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Notorious as a gruelling test of speed and resilience, last weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona on Florida’s east coast was won by the Acura ARX-05 of Taylor/Albuquerque/Rossi/Castroneves who got Michelin’s 2021 endurance racing campaign off to the perfect start. Michelin has been a major partner of the North American series since 2019 and is this year working with no fewer than 18 carmakers.

FIA WEC

Michelin and endurance racing’s hybrid prototype era

The 2020 8 Hours of Bahrain in November brought the age of hybrid LMP1 prototypes to a close. Introduced in 2012, these technologically-sophisticated machines notched up 61 world-class endurance racing wins, all on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres which delivered on their Performance-Made-to-Last promise. From 2021, the hybrid generation will make way for a new breed of Hypercars.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Miguel Oliveira reigns supreme on home soil

The final clash of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship at Portimão was won in assertive fashion by local star Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3). The Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal’s pole-sitter comfortably outdistanced Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who made it three different bikemakers and two different MICHELIN Power Slick pairings on the podium.

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