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.


Sixth Monte Carlo win for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Ford/Michelin) led the 2018 Rallye Monte-Carlo from start to finish to collect their fifth straight win in the Principality since 2013. Toyota/Michelin drivers Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala joined the French pair on the podium.


Neuville claims the 2017 WRC’s final round

The 2017 FIA World Rally Championship came to an end in Australia where Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) took the final win. The year’s vice-champion was joined on the podium by Ott Tanak (Ford/Michelin) and Hayden Paddon (Hyundai/Michelin).

The 2017 campaign’s Coffs Harbour-based all-gravel finale in New South Wales was dominated by Hyundai Motorsport. Last year’s victor Andreas Mikkelsen took advantage of a favourable start order to win the first four stages and appear in front at the end of Day 1, 20.1s clear of team-mate Neuville.

At this point, Kris Meeke (Citroën), Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota) and Craig Breen (Citroën) were covered by 10 seconds in third, fourth and fifth places, while Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin drivers Ott Tanak (6th) and Sébastien Ogier (7th) were next in the order after being delayed by technical troubles.

Saturday’s partly-wet stages made tyre choice complex but Neuville, who opted for the soft-compound version of the Michelin LTX Force, won the long Nambucca test (48.89km) to close to within 15.6s of Mikkelsen. The Norwegian then retired for the day after a mistake on the following stage, leaving his Belgian team-mate to cruise to his fourth victory of the season and make sure of the runner-up title.

Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) was heading for second spot when he crashed out on the very last test, which promoted Tanak and Hayden Paddon (Hyundai/Michelin) to second and third places respectively. The 2017 world champion Ogier ended up fourth after suffering a variety of problems, but the trip to Australia proved worse for Citroën Racing whose three drivers all crashed.

The 2017 Rally Australia mirrored the close, exciting action that was a hallmark of the season which saw Thierry Neuville (4 wins), Sébastien Ogier (2), Kris Meeke (2), Ott Tanak (2), Jari-Marri Latvala (1), Esapekka Lappi (1) and Elfyn Evans (1) all claim rounds.

The FIA World Rally Championship will resume on January 28, 2018, with the celebrated Rallye Monte-Carlo.


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). 


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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Michelin targeting a 21st Le Mans victory

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published the list of the 60 competitors it has invited to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin, which is unbeaten in the French endurance classic since 1998, is targeting a 21st consecutive victory this time around, and its 27th in total since the race was first organised in 1923.

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