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): titles to settle and farewells to bid

The last round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship will settle the LM P1 Drivers’ championship, as well as all this season’s GT titles. It will also be Audi’s swansong appearance in prototype racing.

The 2016 6 Hours of Bahrain will be Audi’s 186th and last prototype endurance race. To date, the German make has notched up no fewer than 106 victories in the discipline, all with Michelin. The race’s entry for the Sakhir fixture features two Audi R18s, for Tréluyer/Fässler/Lotterer (N°7) and Duval/di Grassi/Jarvis (N°8).

They will face opposition from Porsche which has already secured the Manufacturers’ crown. Only the Drivers’ title has yet to be settled between the trio in command of the N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Dumas/Lieb/Jani, who have led since the season’s curtain raiser at Silverstone) and the crew of the N°6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin (Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi). The gap stands at 17 points and the Japanese team boasts two previous Bahrain wins.

Both Porsche Team and Toyota Gazoo Racing will be able to count on the assistance of their second cars (N°1 Porsche/Michelin, Hartley/Webber/Bernhard / N°5 Toyota/Michelin, Davidson/Buemi/Nakajima) when they finalise their respective race strategies for Saturday.

All the LM GTE trophies remain to be attributed, too. In the chase for this year’s GT Drivers’ honours, Marco Sorensen and Nicky Thiim (Aston Martin) are 12 points clear of Rigon and Bird (Ferrari/Michelin), with Ford/Michelin’s Pla/Mücke a further nine points short. In the Manufacturers’ battle, Ferrari leads by 10 points over Aston Martin whose N°95 car tops the Teams’ classification, two points ahead of the N°67 Ford/Michelin. In LM GTE Am, the N°83 Ferrari/Michelin of Perrodo/Collard/Aguas needs a single point to secure the top prize.

The season’s final clash will start at 4pm local time and finish after sunset. Sakhir (5.412km) is a unique circuit and an ‘extreme’ challenge – a little like Sebring – with high temperatures and low grip due to sand blown onto the track. It is also hard on the brakes, which can have a knock-on effect on tyres. 

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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