FIA WEC

Toyota wins as Porsche/Michelin seals 2017 WEC crown

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin at the 6 Hours of Shanghai in the hands of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima did not prevent Porsche Team from securing a third straight FIA WEC title. The German squad’s Timo Bernard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber claimed the 2017 Drivers’ crown. 

FIA WEC

One-two glory for Toyota/Michelin in Fuji downpour

In a repeat scenario of 2013, this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round seven of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – was marked by torrential rain. The appalling weather didn’t prevent the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids from monopolising the top two positions, however, while the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin came up trumps in LM GTE Pro.

FIA WEC

Michelin racks up its 50th WEC victory

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima at the 6 Hours of Bahrain – final round of the 2017 World Endurance Championship – saw Michelin notch up its 50th FIA WEC success. Porsche concluded its involvement in the series with two cars on the podium, while James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi made sure of the GT Drivers’ title with Ferrari/Michelin.

A year after Audi’s swansong FIA WEC appearance at Sakhir, Porsche Team bowed out of world class LMP1 racing at the same venue after Saturday’s 6 Hours of Bahrain. After wrapping up the Manufacturers’ title a fortnight ago in Shanghai, the German make came second and third with its N°2 (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) and N°1 (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) 919 Hybrids despite delays for both cars. The N°1 prototype lost time when a cone became stuck beneath its chassis, while the N°2 machine was involved in a tangle. Porsche won a total of 17 FIA WEC races and claimed 20 pole positions on Michelin tyres.

The N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid (Davidson/Buemi/Nakajima) concluded the year with its fifth win from nine rounds. For much of the early part of the race, the pack had been led by the Japanese make’s N°7 car (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) before it lost two laps following a collision with the N°92 Porsche.

In LM GTE Pro, Ferrari/Michelin followed up securing the GT Manufacturers’ crown in China with a one-two finish in Bahrain thanks to AF Corse’s Rigon/Bird (N°71 488 GTE) and James /Alessandro Pier Guidi (N°51) who sealed the 2017 GT Drivers’ title. Third and fourth were the N°67 Ford/Michelin and N°91 Porsche/Michelin whose crews were still in contention for the year’s supreme prize prior to the Persian Gulf clash. The Aston Martin Vantage V8s were next in the order at the end of their final FIA WEC outing.

There was more LM P2 success for Vaillante Rebellion. Canal/Prost/Senna (N°31) shrugged off a penalty to take the chequered flag ahead of Jackie Chan Racing’s N°38 prototype (Tung/Jarvis/Laurent) which was forced to make an additional pit stop because of a mechanical problem.

The N°98 Aston Martin of Lauda/Dalla Lana/Lamy completed the season with another LM GTE Am victory.

The 2017 6 Hours of Bahrain marked the end of an era for the FIA World Endurance Championship which, from next season, will straddle two calendar years, with the 2018/2019 campaign due to kick off next May at Spa-Francorchamps. Michelin has confirmed its involvement in the FIA WEC for the next three years.

MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez seals 2017 title as Pedrosa earns Valencia win

The 18th and final round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana (30 laps) – was won by Dani Pedrosa. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and the new world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) were second and third. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: all to play for at Valencia finale!

The last round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship will take teams to Valencia, Spain, for the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. The season’s finale will settle the title fight between Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)! 

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

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