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.


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. 


Michelin to continue its involvement in the Asian Le Mans Series

With the last race of the 2017/2018 Asian Le Mans Series barely over, Michelin has confirmed its commitment to the four-round 2018/2019 campaign which will run from next November until February 2019.

It was at the final clash of the 2017/2018 Asian Le Mans Series (ALMS) at Sepang, Malaysia, that Patrick Diaz, director of Michelin Motorsport Asia Pacific, announced Michelin’s involvement in next season’s series.

The French tyre firm has been active in this championship since Michelin runners won the first two clashes of the inaugural Asian Le Mans Series at Okayama, Japan, in 2009. Along with the European Le Mans Series and the IMSA Weather Tech Championship (formerly known as the American Le Mans Series), the ALMS serves as a cornerstone of its endurance racing programme which culminates every year, of course, with the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Michelin has been the Asian Le Mans Series’ exclusive tyre supplier since the latter’s officially revival by the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) in 2013. This will continue to be the case in the LM P2, LM P3 and GT classes of the 2018/2019 campaign when four invitations to take part in the following year’s Le Mans 24 Hours will again be up for grabs.

For the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours, invitations have been extended to the 2017/2018 LM P2- and LM P3-winning team Jackie Chan DC Racing, as well as to FIST-Team AAI which came first and second in the GT standings with its Michelin-equipped BMW M6 GT3 and Ferrari 488 GT3.

Jackie Chan DC Racing dominated the series with a score of three wins from four as Thomas Laurent/Stéphane Richelmi/Harrisson Newey followed up successes at Zhuhai, China, and Fuji, Japan, with another at Sepang to clinch the LM P2 prize. Chen/Palttala/Krohn emerged as the GT champions.

The 2018/2019 Asian Le Mans Series will kick off on November 23-25 in Shanghai, a week after China’s round of the FIA WEC. The calendar will then continue with visits to Fuji (December) and Buriram (Thailand, mid-January), before concluding at Sepang once more on February 22-24, 2019.


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. 

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Daniel Abt claims maiden Formula E success

Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) notched up the first Formula E victory of his career at Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix. The German was joined on the podium by Oliver Turvey (2nd, NextEv NIO Sport/Michelin) and Sébastien Buemi (3rd, Renault e.dams/Michelin). 


Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.


MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.

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