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Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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All you need to know abou the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, 7th round of World Rally Championship (WRC).Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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Neuville earns Michelin’s 25th Rally Argentina win

Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul followed up their Tour de Corse victory in March with victory this weekend in Argentina to clock up Michelin’s 25th success on the South American event. Andreas Mikkelsen came second to provide Hyundai Motorsport/Michelin with its first one-two finish since 2017, while Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin) scored his 75th world class podium finish.

The weekend’s result means that Michelin has now won Rally Argentina no fewer than 25 times – with 10 different carmakers – since 1981.

The South American event has long been reputed for its varied, technically demanding stages which call for strong, versatile, high-performance tyres, but the latter’s task was made even more complex than usual this time around by poor weather. Indeed, heavy rain fell over the Villa Carlos Paz region during the week before the start to make the conditions exceptionally muddy. The organisers even took the decision to cancel SS3 for safety reasons.

Despite the adverse conditions, the medium-compound Michelin LTX Force M6 (medium) – which is capable of clearing 30 litres of water per second – successfully provided the world’s fastest rally drivers with the grip and traction performance they needed to cover the Argentine tests at average speeds in excess of 100kph!

Championship pace-setter Neuville took advantage of his running order (first on the road) to complete the opening leg in first place, ahead of Ogier, Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin), Kris Meeke (Toyota/Michelin) and Mikkelsen.

Tänak hit the ground running on Day 2 to close the gap to his Belgian rival but his bid was ultimately thwarted by an electrical problem on SS14. Ogier and Meeke lost time on Saturday, too, which enabled Mikkelsen to emerge in second place behind Neuville.

The Hyundai Motorsport/Michelin pair finished off the job on Sunday’s classic El Condor and Mina Clavero tests and, with the sun now shining brightly, Neuville went on to collect his 11th world class win, and his second Argentina victory in three years. Hyundai Motorsport notched up its first one-two result since Poland 2017 and Mikkelsen finished on the podium for the first time since Sweden 2018.

Third place ended up in the hands of Ogier whose mission was facilitated when Meeke was handed a 10-second penalty on Saturday evening for having failed to follow the official route on SS11. The Toyota driver managed to squeeze past the reigning champion on Sunday morning but the Frenchman responded by winning the Power Stage to clinch a footing on the podium.

Michelin Latitude Cross runners shrugged off competition from competitors on rival tyres to finish on top in WRC2 Pro (with Mads Ostberg, Citroën C3 R5), in WRC2 (Pedro Heller, Ford Fiesta R5) and in the ‘National’ rally standings (Alejandro Galanti, Toyota Etios R5).

Teams will remain in South America for the next round of the WRC which will take them to Chile in two weeks’ time.

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2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

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Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

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MotoGP™ - Danilo Petrucci earns maiden MotoGPTM victory at Mugello

Danilo Petrucci claimed the first premier-class win of his career at his home race on an Italian bike. The Ducati Team rider earned rapturous applause from the local fans when he was first across the line at Mugello, home of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s sixth round. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Petrucci’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. The performance of Michelin’s latest-generation MotoGPTM tyres contributed to the tumbling of several records.  

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