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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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).

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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.

Michelin snapped up the opportunity to showcase the long-lasting performance qualities of its tyres at Le Mans, their grip in today’s MotoGP at Misano, Italy, and their resilience in Turkey (WRC) by topping the order in all three of these top-flight competitions.

In Turkey, it was the strength and durability of the firm’s LTX Force and Latitude Cross tyres that truly stood out on the brittle, uneven, rock-strewn stages of the country’s Mugla region. Rally Turkey is renowned as being the most punishing event of the WRC season on tyres – and it duly lived up to its merciless reputation.

“It was a challenging weekend, but our tyres did everything that was asked of them,” reflected Arnaud Rémy, Manager of Michelin Motorsport’s WRC programme. “Their resilience was well and truly put to the test, but 90 percent of the time it was the rims that bore the brunt of the impacts, which subsequently led to a loss of tyre pressure. Many of these incidents were incorrectly reported as punctures. After close analysis, our tyres confirmed their strength in the incredibly tough conditions that we encountered on Rally Turkey.”

The fifth round of the championship turned out to be a case of survival of the fittest. Ott Tänak (Hyundai/Michelin) suffered steering failure on Saturday morning, damaging his chances of defending his maiden title. Sébastien Loeb (Hyundai/Michelin) – a surprise leader on Friday night – and namesake Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin) also lost time during Leg 1.

Belgium’s Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) took advantage of these misfortunes to open up a margin of 33.2s over the two ‘Sebs’ – world champions both – who found themselves tied for second on the timesheets on Saturday evening. The following morning, however, Neuville conceded almost two minutes, allowing Elfyn Evans (Toyota/Michelin) to jump to the head of the order, while Ogier dropped out of contention on the penultimate stage due to engine issues.

Following his Rally Sweden victory back at the beginning of the year, Evans’ Rally Turkey triumph has established him as a serious contender for the 2020 title. Neuville and Loeb joined the Welshman on the podium in Turkey, with the result marking the Frenchman’s 60th WRC top three finish with Michelin.

With only two rallies left to run this season, Evans now leads the championship by 18 points from closest pursuer, Ogier.

In WRC2, Adrien Fourmaux (Ford Fiesta/Michelin) finished an excellent second behind Pontus Tidemand (Skoda Fabia) on his debut on the demanding Turkish stages.

Next round: Rally Italia Sardegna (October 8-11).

2020 Rally Turkey – Final positions:

  1. Evans/Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin), 2h43m2.7s
  2. Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin), +35.2s
  3. Loeb/Elena (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin), +59.4s
  4. Rovanperä/Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin), +2m35.9s
  5. Greensmith/Edmondson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin), +4m8.3s
  6. Lappi/Ferm (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin), +5m36.2s
  7. Kajetanowicz/Szcepaniak (Skoda Fabia R5), +12m35.5s
  8. Tidemand/Barth (Skoda Fabia R5), +12m59.7s
  9. Fourmaux/Jamoul (Ford Fiesta R5/Michelin), +14m42.6s
  10. Bulacia/Der Ohannesian (Citroën C3 R5), +14m46.4s

Etc.

FIA Formula E

Brits rule in London on Michelin rubber

The 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s London races were won by Britons Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing). The last appearance of the all-electric competition’s MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped cars this season will be the finale in Berlin, Germany, on August 14-15.

FIA WEC

Monza glory for Toyota/Michelin

The 6 Hours of Monza – Round 3 of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped N°7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. The Italian fixture was the last race before this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on August 21-22.

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The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV takes bite out of the Big Apple

The traction performance delivered by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV Formula E tire helped Germany’s Maximilian Günther (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) to claim the weekend’s two New York E-Prix at Brooklyn’s riverside circuit.

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From virtual to reality

Michelin Motorsport, Clermont-Ferrand, France – February, 2020: On completion of the design phase, a digital version of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport for endurance racing’s new Hypercar class was produced for the purpose of simulator testing, ahead of the real thing’s manufacture and eventual sign-off a few months later.

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