Racing today… and yesterday for tomorrow’s mobility! Motorsport heritage, from the Lancia Aurelia to Formula E

The past and the future caught up with each other at last weekend’s Charade Heroes event (September 22-23) at Circuit de Charade* in the Auvergne Mountains near Clermont-Ferrand, France. Displays ranged from a Lancia Aurelia fitted with the first Michelin X radial tyres to a worthy successor of this industry-changing technology: the Michelin Pilot Sport which stars in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship Both exemplify the important contribution motorsport can and does make to taking mobility forward. 

Volkswagen and Michelin establish new Pikes Peak record!

After collecting four WRC Manufacturers’ titles together, Volkswagen and Michelin returned to their winning ways on Sunday with victory at the celebrated Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA. Frenchman Romain Dumas posted a new record for the course in the German make’s exciting I.D R full-electric prototype.

Michelin back on top at the Nürburgring

Michelin took the top prize at last weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hours in tandem with the Manthey Racing-run Porsche 911 GT3-R of Richard Lietz, Frédéric Makowiecki, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy. Two Black Falcon Mercedes AMG GT3s made it an all-Michelin podium.

 

After suffering defeat in 2017, Michelin was eager for revenge around the Nürburgring’s 25km Nordschleife which has hosted the circuit’s 24-hour showpiece since the 1970s and which invariably attracts more than  250,000 spectators.

The French tyre firm’s efforts were rewarded with the top five places at the flag in association with tree different makes – Porsche, Mercedes and Aston Martin.

The outcome was essentially settled with an hour to go when action resumed after a long break caused by thick fog in Germany’s Eifel Mountains. The re-start saw Fred Makowiecki (N°912 Porsche) pass Adam Christodoulou (N°4 Mercedes) through Turn 1 (a manoeuvre which resulted in a coming together of the two cars) and the Frenchman went on to cross the line by a margin of 26.4 seconds.

It was Porsche and Michelin’s first Nürburgring 24 Hours win together for seven years and the association also ended up harvesting the weekend’s pole position (Vanthoor) and fastest race lap. It is the combination’s second major endurance victory of the season after March’s 12 Hours of Sebring.

The N°5 Mercedes AMG/Michelin was third, nine minutes adrift, while the top five was rounded out by the N°007 factory Aston Martin Vantage GT3/Michelin and the N°6 Black Falcon Mercedes AMG/Michelin.

The race got off to a sunny start on Saturday afternoon but overnight rain produced a number of crashes before heavy fog prompted a red flag interruption at around midday Sunday.

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One-two success at home for Toyota!

Toyota Gazoo Racing took a predictable win at Fuji Speedway, Japan, on Sunday. Top prize went to the N°7 TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez, while Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso (N°8) made it a one-two finish for the Japanese squad on home soil. Porsche/Michelin came first in both LM GTE classes. 

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Ogier claims record fifth Rally GB victory!

Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) notched up his fifth Wales Rally GB to become the most successful driver in the event’s history. The result has promoted him to second place in the provisional championship standings, seven and 14 points clear respectively of Thierry Neuville (5th, Hyundai/Michelin) and Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin) who didn’t have the happiest of weekends. Skoda/Michelin secured a one-two finish in WRC2.

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