FIA World Council decisions

A number of key decisions were taken at the FIA World Council meeting that was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on December 5. Many of them referred to some of the global championships in which Michelin is active, namely the WEC, WRC and Formula E.

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. 

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.

FIA Formula E

BMW/Michelin claims maiden Formula E success

Round 1 of the 2018/2019 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, was won by Antonio Felix da Costa. The Portuguese BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing/Michelin).

FIA Formula E

ABB Formula E - Ad Diriyah ePrix - Racecard

All you need to kown about the Ad Diriyah ePrix with our racecard.Clic on the photo to download it. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) triumphs in Valencia

After claiming the season’s opener in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso concluded the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship with victory in Valencia. The Italian was unfazed when the race was red flagged due to heavy rain and he went on to finish clear of Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing/Michelin).   

FIA WEC

Toyota and Michelin win in rainy Shanghai

The N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez and the N°8 sister car of Buemi/Alonso/Nakajima collected another one-two finish for the Japanese make in the FIA WEC as torrential rain greeted teams to Shanghai, China. Michelin scored its 50th LM GTE Pro class victory in the championship with the N°95 Aston Martin (Sorensen/Thiim).

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