FIA WRC

Citroën and Michelin: a winning combination in the WRC

Citroën has announced its intention to curtail its involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship. Together, the French car firm and Michelin have harvested five Manufacturers’ titles, four Drivers’ crowns, 58 world-class wins and 150 podium finishes.

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Rally Australia cancellation hands WRC crown to Hyundai, with Michelin*

Raging fires in New South Wales have forced Rally Australia’s organisers to cancel the curtain-closing round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. Their decision has handed this season’s Manufacturers’ title to Hyundai which has earned Michelin’s 56th WRC crown in the process. 

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More than 7,500 WRC stage victories* for Michelin rubber!

Last weekend’s Tour de Corse in France took Michelin’s score of fastest FIA World Rally Championship stage times past the 7,500 barrier.

In the course of the 46-plus years that have elapsed since the FIA World Rally Championship’s creation in 1973, the French tyre company has clocked up no fewer than 331 outright victories and 54 world crowns – yet another way of delivering on its “winning performance that lasts” promise.

Michelin runners have won on all the types of terrain thrown at them by the series, and in all manner of weather conditions, in association with 57 different drivers and 17 different car makes. This tally makes it the most successful tyre brand in the history of the WRC which authorises open competition between manufacturers.

Michelin has long viewed rallying’s showcase and the roads and tracks it visits as an invaluable proving ground for new technologies which must be capable of coping with extreme conditions ranging from stones, rocks and mud, to dust, rain and snow, etc., the aim being to carry over the lessons it learns to its road tyres.

In 1973, for example, Michelin introduced a major innovation in the form of radial technology which has since become the norm for road tyres. Meanwhile, the current Michelin Pilot Sport WRC tyre shares numerous technologies that have been tried and tested in rallying with the company’s Pilot Sport range, including the Pilot Sport 4 SUV which was revealed at the recent Geneva Motor Show and which also delivers optimum, consistent performance all the way down to its wear indicator bars.

Michelin won the very first stage of the World Rally Championship when French Alpine-Renault drivers Jean-Claude Andruet and Bernard Darniche tied on ‘Pont des Miolans’ (26km), the opening test of the 1973, Monte Carlo Rally.

Its 1,000th stage victory came in New Zealand, in 1984, courtesy Walter Röhrl who was fastest on SS1 in his Audi Quattro A2. The 5,000th was the work of Carlos Sainz (SS10 / Turkey / 2003).

The threshold of 7,500 fastest stage times was reached last Friday when Estonia’s Ott Tanak and his Toyota Yaris WRC posted the best effort on the twisty Alta-Rocca test (17km).

FIA WEC

Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Britons rule at 2019/2020 curtain raiser in Saudi Arabia

Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) took the two wins at the opening meeting of the 2019/2020 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Michelin has been the official tyre supplier to the FIA’s all-electric racing series since its creation in 2014.

MOTOGP™

MotoE: Ferrari claims inaugural Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup

Fifth place at the last round of the 2019 Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup sufficed for Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to become the new competition’s first champion. The weekend’s two races were won by pole-winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez wraps up 2019 with home success

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana was won by Spaniard Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) was second, while Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. All three riders chose the same tyre combination for the 19th and last round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship.  

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