FIA WEC

One-two glory for Toyota/Michelin in Fuji downpour

In a repeat scenario of 2013, this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round seven of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – was marked by torrential rain. The appalling weather didn’t prevent the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids from monopolising the top two positions, however, while the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin came up trumps in LM GTE Pro.

FIA WEC

Porsche and Michelin triumph in Texan heat

Porsche Team collected its third consecutive one-two finish in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship when Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley took the win at Austin, Texas, USA, in the N°2 919 Hybrid, ahead of the similar car of Jani/Lotterer/Tandy. The N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Calado/Per Guidi won the LM GTE class.

FIA WEC

6 Hours of Bahrain (WEC): Audi/Michelin bows out with 1-2 finish

Audi produced a one-two finish in Bahrain to mark its final prototype endurance racing appearance. The race was won by the N°8 R18 (Duval/Di Grassi/Jarvis) ahead of the N°7 sister car (Tréluyer/Lotterer/Fässler). Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb are the 2016 FIA WEC Drivers’ champions, while Ferrari/Michelin won the GT Manufacturers World Cup.

The pole-winning N°8 Audi R18/Michelin dominated the last round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship which ended after nightfall at Sakhir International Circuit today.

Loïc Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis claimed their second win of the season to finish second in the Drivers’ championship, 12.5 points short of Le Mans victors Romain Dumas, Neel Jani et Marc Lieb.

The latter trio was involved in a tangle on Lap 2 but the N°6 Toyota Hybrid of title challengers Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi could manage no better than fifth at the flag.

Mark Webber (N°1 Porsche/Michelin) concluded his glittering career in third place behind the N°7 Audi (Tréluyer/Lotterer/Fässler) as the German make ended an 18-year spell in prototype racing that harvested 107 wins with Michelin.

In LM GTE Pro, victory for the N°95 Vantage handed the Teams’ crown to Aston Martin Racing and the Drivers’ title to Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. The N°51 (Bruni/Calado) and N°71 (Rigon/Bird) Michelin-equipped Ferraris earned the GT Manufacturers’ title for the Italian make.

There was a one-two finish for Porsche/Michelin in LM GTE Am with the N°88 (Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing) and N°78 (KCMG) 911 RSRs after the N°98 Aston Martin/Michelin suffered an engine issue. The class’s Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns ended up in the hands of AF Corse and Emmanuel Collard/François Perrodo/Rui Aguas (N°83 Ferrari/Michelin) respectively.

The LM P2 class was on by the N°26 Oreca-Nissan (G-Drive Racing), ahead of the N°43 Ligier-Nissan (RGR) and the 2016 title-winning N°36 Alpine.

MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso takes Malaysia win!

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) collected his sixth success of the year with victory at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came second to notch up Ducati’s first one-two finish of the season, while Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was third. Fourth place for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) means the fight for the 2017 crown will be decided in Valence. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez to wrap up title in Malaysia?

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship concludes its autumn long-haul tour with the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix (Round 17 of 18). Marc Marquez travels to Sepang with a 33-point cushion at the top of the provisional standings and could well collect his fourth premier class crown this weekend. 

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