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. 

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 claims 2021 rally title with Alpine

Forty-eight years after securing the FIA World Rally Championship’s (FIA WRC) inaugural title together in 1973, Alpine and Michelin recently clinched the 2021 FIA R-GT Cup with Normandy-based Pierre Ragues in a MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped Alpine A110 Rally.

The first FIA WRC in 1973 saw Frenchmen Jean-Claude Andruet, Jean-Luc Thérier, Bernard Darniche and Jean-Pierre Nicolas harvest no fewer than six wins for the Alpine-Renault A110 1800 which went on to collect rallying’s first-ever Manufacturers’ world crown.

Now, almost half-a-century later, Michelin and Alpine have picked up another international success in the sport, namely the 2021 FIA R-GT Cup which featured five European asphalt rounds (Rallye Monte-Carlo, Rally di Roma Capitale, Rallye d’Ypres, Rally Nova Gorica and Rally Catalunya).

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The campaign was dominated by Alpine A110 Rallys in the hands of French drivers Emmanuel Guigou and Pierre Ragues who competed on MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires from the firm’s Customer Racing catalogue.

A score of two victories and two second places handed first place in the competition to the latter, a talented allrounder who previously topped endurance racing’s European Le Mans Series with Alpine and Michelin in 2013.

The combination of the French two-wheel drive coupé and its Michelin tires lost no time emerging as a must-have package when Guigou delivered the model’s maiden international rally success in Slovenia, while another Frenchman – Nicolas Ciamin – steered his similar car to overall victory in the French Rally Championship’s Rallye d’Antibes this October, 46 years after Jean-Pierre Nicolas’ success on the same event in a Michelin-shod Renault-Alpine A110 1800.

Michelin and Alpine have also joined forces to organize the Trophée Elf Rally for privateers, and their association in motorsport doesn’t stop there. Michelin is a partner of Alpine’s 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) program which has so far bagged four podium finishes, including a remarkable third place at August’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

The Alpine A480/Michelin prototype will continue to be eligible for the 2022 FIA WEC and Alpine recently announced its intention to contest the discipline’s new ‘Hypercar’ class for four years from 2024.

Since 2018, Alpine and Michelin have also worked together in the Alpine-Elf Europa Cup which stars MICHELIN Pilot Sport GT M-equipped Alpine A110 Cups dicing at some of Europe’s finest racetracks.

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A fourth endurance world title for Toyota and Michelin

Toyota’s one-two finish at last weekend’s 6 Hours of Bahrain allowed the Japanese carmaker to make sure of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship crown with one round remaining. Equipped with MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires developed specifically for the sport’s latest-generation prototypes, the Toyota GR010 Hybrid will go down as the first title-winning car of endurance racing’s Hypercar era.

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MotoGP™: Misano glory for Márquez as Quartararo clinches the 2021 title

The Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia-Romagna was won by Marc Márquez, ahead of his Repsol Honda Team team-mate Pol Espargaro and Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama). Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) completed Round 16 of the MotoGPTM World Championship at Misano, Italy, in fourth place to make sure of the 2021 Riders’ crown, Michelin’s 32nd in motorcycle racing’s premier series since 1973.

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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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