FIA WRC

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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Michelin wins WRC’s 600th round with Tänak and Hyundai

Reigning world champion Ott Tänak steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC to victory on home soil at Rally Estonia on Sunday. Irishman Craig Breen made it a one-two finish for Hyundai, while Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) rounded out the weekend’s all-Michelin top-three.

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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.

MOTOGP™

Torres takes advantage of the superior performance of the current, more environmentally-respectful MICHELIN Power Slick MotoE range to claim the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup

Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) laid the foundations for his 2020 MotoE™ title by winning the first of the two races at the weekend’s SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France. The season’s final clash was won by Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Petrucci wins at Le Mans aided by the exceptional grip delivered by his MICHELIN Power Rain tyres

The 2020 SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France – Round 10 of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, ahead of Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory). The outstanding grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Rain as heavy rain swept over Le Mans-Bugatti was acclaimed by all the teams. Three different makes featured on the podium, while Frenchman Fabio Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings.  

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MotoGP™ - SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France - Raceguide

Michelin is in its homeland as Le Mans plays host to the next round of MotoGP™ and the final rounds of MotoE™ at the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France.Clic on the photo to download our raceguide

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The Michelin Pilot Sport range triumphs at the Nürburgring

Michelin and its partner BMW chalked up their 20th Nürburgring 24 Hours wins at the weekend thanks to the N°99 M6 GT3. The Sims/Catsburg/Yelloly car overcame horrendous weather in Germany’s Eifel Mountains to finish clear of eight other Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped GT3s.

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