ABB FIA Formula E: Audi and Venturi claim Puebla victories

Rounds 8 and 9 of the 2020/2021 FIA Formula E World Championship in Puebla, Mexico, were won respectively by Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) on MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV tires. 

Michelin ready for DTM debut

More familiarly known simply as the DTM, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters resumes this weekend (June 18-20) at Monza, Italy, with a new-look formula featuring FIA GT3 cars competing on MICHELIN Pilot Sport GT M tires. This highly popular series has effectively chosen the French brand for the first time as sole supplier for such prestige carmakers as Audi, Mercedes, McLaren, BMW, Lamborghini and Ferrari.

Michelin, a top player in Historic rallying

With an entry of 350 cars for the Tour de Corse Historique (France) on October 4-9 and more than 100 for the same weekend’s RallyLegend (San Marino/Italy), historic rallying is riding a wave of popularity at the moment. Both events saw numerous competitors choose Michelin’s Customer and Classic Racing ranges which incorporate up-to-date technologies proven in the FIA World Rally Championship.

 

Interest in historic rallies is back on stream after the Covid pandemic played havoc with the 2020 calendar and caused the cancellation of this year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. National and regional events are organized across Europe every weekend, while the major international fixtures – like the Tour de Corse Historique and RallyLegend – attract hundreds of crews and tens of thousands of spectators.

It’s true that the cars involved are a spectacular sight, not only for the sport’s older fans but also for the younger generation and non-aficionados. The cocktail of 1970s coupes such as the Alpine A110 and Lancia Stratos, Group B monsters of the 1980s including the Peugeot 205 T16, Audi Quattro and Lancia S4, and the powerful Group A machinery of the 1990s, from the Lancia Delta to the BMW M3, not to mention different generations of the iconic Porsche 911, never fails to provide an exceptional show.

Thanks to its catalogue of customer and classic rubber for rims ranging from 13 to 18 inches, Michelin is able to equip the majority of these cars with products that combine consistency with high performance. Owners of the more recent ‘Youngtimers’ can opt for the MICHELIN Pilot Sport R offering derived from the brand’s WRC solutions, while older models can be fitted with MICHELIN Pilot Sport TB+ tires which incorporate advanced technologies, compounds and constructions, too.

Having been active in the World Rally Championship since the series’ creation in 1973, Michelin boasts the sport’s most successful record at this level with a score of 58 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles, along with 347 world-class victories. Today, its customers are able to benefit directly from that considerable experience thanks to the firm’s collection of competitive tires for more modern and historic cars alike.

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport ‘R’ range (R11, R21) showcased its quality by winning on the Tour de Corse Historique’s notoriously twisty roads with Christophe Casanova and his BMW M3. “Despite fierce competition, Michelin crews monopolized the podium in Corsica,” reports Philippe Planeix, the Michelin Motorsport technician who attended the event to advise Michelin runners.

Meanwhile, Michelin equipped some 80 percent of the field in San Marino where former WRC ace François Delecour claimed first place in his MICHELIN Pilot Sport P01-equipped Ford Sierra Cosworth in torrential rain after a close scrap with Carlo Boroli and his Subaru Impreza 555. The Historic class was topped by a Porsche 911 SC running on MICHELIN TB5+ and TB15+ tires.

“Historic rallying is hugely popular and Michelin is delighted to be in a position to equip these superb cars which have left such an indelible mark on the sport’s history and which competed on our products back in the day,” says Julien Vial, Michelin Motorsport’s Customer Racing manager for Europe."

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MotoGP™: Márquez takes assertive Austin win

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) was in unbeatable form at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas – Round 15 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship – at the notoriously bumpy Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Spaniard was followed over the line by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) who made it three different bikemakers on the podium in another display of the MICHELIN Power tire range’s exceptional versatility.  

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MotoGP™: Bagnaia wins on home soil as Michelin helps more records tumble

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) scored his second victory in as many weekends by winning the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Round 14 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Italian was joined on the podium by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and rookie Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama), while the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to new track-lap, race-lap and shortest race-duration records for Misano. 

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MotoGP™: Maiden MotoGPTM win for Bagnaia and Michelin’s 460th!

The Gran Premio TISSOT de Aragón (Round 13 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship) saw Lenovo Ducati Team’s Francesco Bagnaia collect the first win of his career at this level. Second and third at Aragon were Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and defending champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), while four different Michelin-equipped bikemakers filled the top four places as more records tumbled at the exacting Spanish circuit. 

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MotoGP™: Quartararo uncatchable at Silverstone

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) dominated Round 12 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship at Silverstone, Great Britain, to notch up his fifth victory of the campaign. He led comfortably for most of the Monster Energy British Grand Prix to beat Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), while Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) harvested Aprilia’s maiden MotoGPTM podium finish. The top six places featured six different bikemakers – a first in MotoGPTM history and further evidence of the MICHELIN Power range’s outstanding versatility.  

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