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2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

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Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

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H-18: Everything going to plan for Toyota/Michelin

We’re a quarter of the way into the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours and, for the moment, nothing has spooked Toyota’s game plan. The Japanese make’s two cars are in first and second places after six hours, with the N°8 prototype of Alonso/Nakajima/Buemi setting the pace, shadowed closely by the N°7 sister car. Porsche/Michelin tops the LM GTE Pro and Am orders, while the G-Drive Racing Oreca07 is in command in LMP2. Both Toyotas have been quadruple stinting on their Michelin slicks.

It’s a case of ‘so far, so good’ for Toyota Gazoo Racing which has been lapping comfortably ahead of the field since the start. The two Michelin-equipped TS050-Hybrids have swapped the lead several times and the first place is currently the property of the N°8 prototype. This is the car of ex-F1 world champion Fernando Alonso who covered four stints in the car earlier this evening to make his official Le Mans race debut.

There were questions before the start about how big a threat the non-hybrid LMP1 hybrids would be this weekend but they haven’t really been a match for Toyotas. The best of the them are the N°17 SMP Racing and N°3 Rebellion Racing cars which are already one and two laps behind as things stand.

Despite being penalised by the so-called BoP changes (Balance of Performance) which were announced on Friday, Porsche has been as dominant in the race as it was in qualifying.

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The LM GTE Pro class is effectively topped by the N°92 919 RSR/Michelin of Christensen/Estre/Vanthoor who were gifted an enviable safety margin when their opponents were caught in different ‘trains’ during the first Safety Car period. Until that point, they had been locked in a thrilling scrap with the similar N°91 car. Second place is provisionally held by the N°81 BMW/Michelin, with the N°93 Porsche in third spot.

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In LM GTE Am, the leader at the moment is the N°77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche which has been performing strongly since the start. Second is the N°56 Porsche.

In front in LMP2 is the N°26 G-Drive Oreca07 which is up to sixth overall. Its closest chaser had been the N°36 Alpine until the French car span a few moments ago. That allowed the Michelin-equipped Panis Barthez Compétition Ligier (N°23) and Idec Sport Oreca07 prototypes to move up to second and third places.

In a couple of hours’ time, it will be dark at Le Mans and that will mark the start of a new phase of the race. Will there be any major overnight upsets? We’ll be back with another mid-race update in the morning…

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Danilo Petrucci earns maiden MotoGPTM victory at Mugello

Danilo Petrucci claimed the first premier-class win of his career at his home race on an Italian bike. The Ducati Team rider earned rapturous applause from the local fans when he was first across the line at Mugello, home of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s sixth round. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Petrucci’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. The performance of Michelin’s latest-generation MotoGPTM tyres contributed to the tumbling of several records.  

FIA WRC

Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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FIA WRC - Vodafone Rally de Portugal - Racecard

All you need to know abou the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, 7th round of World Rally Championship (WRC).Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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