24H du Mans

Toyota/Michelin tastes Le Mans glory at last!

Toyota will be partying hard tonight after winning the famous Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since its debut attempt at the world famous race in 1985. This time around, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and the team’s star recruit Fernando Alonso delivered the necessary speed and reliability in their N°8 TS050-Hybrid/Michelin to spearhead a one-two finish for the Japanese carmaker, ahead of the N°7 sister car (+2 laps). Porsche/Michelin celebrated no-nonsense wins in LM GTE Pro and Am, while G-Drive Racing was unassailable in LMP2 with the N°26 Oreca07. True to its ‘Winning performance to the line’ claim, Michelin secured its 21st straight Le Mans success.

24H du Mans

H-7: Toyota still on target for Le Mans glory

The two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050-Hybrids are running smoothly at the top of the order at Le Mans after 17 hours, with the N°8 car of Alonso/Buemi/Nakajima currently in front. The Japanese team has been running a quadruple stint strategy since the start. Porsche GT Team/Michelin’s N°92 and N°91 911 RSRs continue to set the pace in LM GTE Pro, and the German make leads the Am class, too. The N°26 G-Drive Oreca07 continues to stand out as the car to beat in LMP2. 

24H du Mans

Invited entries for Le Mans 2019

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published a list of the 60 entries that have been invited to contest the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours, final round of the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (June 15-16). Michelin is targeting its 28th Le Mans victory.

After releasing an initial list of the 42 guaranteed entries which earned their place on the thanks to the results they achieved in 2018, the ACO has now published the names of the other 18 slots that remained to be filled.

There are no surprises in LMP1, since all eight prototypes had been confirmed previously. Toyota Gazoo Racing will seek to defend its 2019 victory with a pair of Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids in the hands of the same six drivers as 2018. Rebellion Racing and SMP Racing will each run two petrol prototypes, and ByKolles Racing Team and DragonSpeed will have a car each, all of which will race on Michelin tyres.

In LMP2, the 2018 Le Mans-winning Alpine A470-Gibson is back, this time with the make’s longstanding tyre partner Michelin. The 17 LMP2 prototypes include the N°23 Ligier JSP2 (Panis-Barthez Compétition), N°48 Oreca07 (IDEC Sport) and N°22 Ligier JSP2 (United Autosports).

There are 17 cars on the list in LM GTE Pro, too. Porsche and Michelin will be joining forces again in a bid to repeat their success of 2018 with four Porsche 911 RSRs. Ford will run four cars, as well, while AF Corse, BMW Team MTEK, Corvette Racing and Aston Martin Racing will be represented by two cars. USA-based Risi Competizione returns with a single Ferrari 488 GTE. All the LM GTE Pro cars will run Michelin tyres.

The biggest single class is LM GTE Am with 18 cars, most of which already figured on the earlier list. The three additions include a second Spirit of Race-tended Ferrari/Michelin and a similar Kessel Racing car with an all-lady driver line-up. The total field consequently features nine Ferrari 488 GTEs, six Porsche 911 RSRs, two Aston Martin Vantages and a Ford GT.

Michelin is this year targeting its 28th Le Mans victory, and its 22nd in a row since 1998.

FIA WRC

Tänak triumphs for Toyota/Michelin in Sweden

Rally Sweden – Round 2 of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship – was won by Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin), ahead of Esapekka Lappi (Citroën/Michelin) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin). The new Michelin X-Ice North NA01 dominated the WRC2 Pro and WRC2 orders with Mads Ostberg (Citroën) and Ole-Christian Veiby (Volkswagen) respectively.

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Lucas di Grassi snatches late Mexico win

Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix saw Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) claim a last-gasp victory over Pascal Wehrlein. The Mahindra Racing driver was later relegated to sixth in the order, which allowed Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW Andretti i Motorsports) and Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E Team) to take part in the podium festivities.

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