FIA WRC

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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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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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.

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). 

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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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