FIA WRC

1-2 glory for Hyundai/Michelin in Sardinia

Spain’s Dani Sordo collected his second straight Rally Italia Sardegna victory, heading home fellow Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin runner Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

FIA WRC

Evans (Toyota/Michelin) triumphs in Turkey

Just hours before celebrating their victory together at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, Toyota and Michelin took the top prize in Round 5 of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. The laurels went to Welshman Elfyn Evans and his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC which scored the Franco/Japanese association’s 120th world-class rallying podium.

FIA WRC

Michelin scores 30th Rally Sweden triumph!

The 2020 Rally Sweden was won by Elfyn Evans driving a Michelin X-Ice North 3-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC. This year’s event was shortened due to a lack of snow, but Michelin’s studded WRC snow tyre delivered outstanding grip despite the unfamiliar conditions to combine the brand’s 30th Swedish victory with class wins in WRC2, WRC3 and RC4 which are all also open to competition between tyre firms.

Sweden is the World Rally Championship round that Michelin has won the most often, ahead of two other classics, Rallye Monte-Carlo and Rally Finland.

This time around, Michelin came out on top after a shortened itinerary through Sweden’s Värmland and Norway’s Finnskogen regions to take the top prize with Evans who clocked an average speed in excess of 120kph.

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Welsh recruit was in dominating form all week, going fastest on five of the nine high-speed stages actually contested to become the 58th driver to win a world-class rally on Michelin rubber since 1973.

Reigning world champion Ott Tänak (Hyundai/Michelin) bounced back from his frightening Monte-Carlo smash to come second, while third place went to Finnish youngster Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin) who scored his maiden WRC podium finish just under four seconds clear of six-time champ Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

Designed to bite into ice, the WRC stars’ Michelin X-Ice North 3 tyres had to contend with predominantly gravel conditions, never an easy mission because of the damage this can cause to studs. But the combined expertise of Michelin Motorsport’s specialists and Swedish specialist Däckproffsen which is tasked with inserting the studs into the tread blocks meant that the 384 metal tips sported by each Michelin Rally Sweden tyre were able to deal with the punishment superbly and contribute to the quality of the entertainment by delivering great grip and longevity.

“This season’s unfamiliar situation forced the organisers to cancel 10 of the 19 scheduled stages, but we are very pleased with the way our tyres rose to the occasion,” commented Arnaud Rémy, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s rally programmes. “On average, our WRC runners lost only 20 studs per tyre – that’s just five percent! The drivers were consequently able to benefit from outstanding grip throughout.”

Meanwhile, the X-Ice NA01 – the customer tyre available to Michelin’s non-WRC partners – had to cope with even stonier, more rutted terrain. That, however, didn’t prevent it from claiming both the WRC3 and WRC2 fights with Jari Huttunen (Hyundai i20 R5) and Mads Ostberg (Citroën C3 R5) respectively, having posted the fastest time on seven of the week’s nine stages in both classes.

Michelin also topped the RC4 order (two-wheel drive) with Sweden’s Dennis Rädstrom (Ford Fiesta) who completed the distance almost half-a-minute clear of fifteen identical Ford Fiesta R2T19s competing on rival rubber!

Next round: Rally Mexico (March 12-15).

2020 Rally Sweden – Final Positions:

1. Evans/Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC), 1h11m43.1s

2. Tänak/Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +12.7s

3. Rovanperä/Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC), +20.2s

4. Ogier/Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC), +23.6s

5. Lappi/Ferm (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +32.4s

6. Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +33.8s

7. Breen/Nagle (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +1m0.9s

8. Suninen/Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +1m24.5s

9. Katsuta/Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC), +1m59.6s

10. Huttunen/Lukka (Hyundai i20 R5), +4m3.0s (1st, WRC3)

Etc.

MOTOGP™

Torres takes advantage of the superior performance of the current, more environmentally-respectful MICHELIN Power Slick MotoE range to claim the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup

Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) laid the foundations for his 2020 MotoE™ title by winning the first of the two races at the weekend’s SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France. The season’s final clash was won by Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Petrucci wins at Le Mans aided by the exceptional grip delivered by his MICHELIN Power Rain tyres

The 2020 SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France – Round 10 of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, ahead of Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory). The outstanding grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Rain as heavy rain swept over Le Mans-Bugatti was acclaimed by all the teams. Three different makes featured on the podium, while Frenchman Fabio Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France - Raceguide

Michelin is in its homeland as Le Mans plays host to the next round of MotoGP™ and the final rounds of MotoE™ at the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France.Clic on the photo to download our raceguide

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The Michelin Pilot Sport range triumphs at the Nürburgring

Michelin and its partner BMW chalked up their 20th Nürburgring 24 Hours wins at the weekend thanks to the N°99 M6 GT3. The Sims/Catsburg/Yelloly car overcame horrendous weather in Germany’s Eifel Mountains to finish clear of eight other Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped GT3s.

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