FIA WRC

Sixth WRC title for Ogier and Toyota’s fourth, all with Michelin

The 2018 Rally Australia saw Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claim their sixth Drivers’ world title and their second with Ford/Michelin. Jari-Matti Latvala earned Toyota Gazoo Racing’s 50th world class victory to make sure of the Manufacturers’ crown with Michelin.  

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Rally Australia - Racecard

All you ever wanted to know about the Rally Australia, the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Who will crowned World Champion?Clic on the photo to download the racecard.

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Ogier claims record fifth Rally GB victory!

Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) notched up his fifth Wales Rally GB to become the most successful driver in the event’s history. The result has promoted him to second place in the provisional championship standings, seven and 14 points clear respectively of Thierry Neuville (5th, Hyundai/Michelin) and Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin) who didn’t have the happiest of weekends. Skoda/Michelin secured a one-two finish in WRC2.

A drama-filled second day in Wales not only transformed the rally’s leaderboard but also shook up the provisional Drivers’ standings.

In the wake of consecutive wins in Finland, Germany and Turkey, Tänak soon pulled out a handsome lead to emerge almost a minute clear of his closest chaser by the end of Day 1, but he was ultimately side-lined by a radiator problem on Saturday’s Sweet Lamb 2.

The earlier first attempt at the same stage saw championship pacesetter Neuville squander almost a minute when his Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC slipped into a ditch.

These incidents left four drivers in contention for the weekend’s win, namely five-time world champion Ogier, Toyota/Michelin’s Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi, and Craig Breen (Citroën/Michelin).

This quartet was covered by less than 15 seconds going into the short final leg on Sunday (55km) when Latvala appeared briefly in front. However, his slender cushion of just two-tenths of a second was insufficient to stay ahead of Ogier who posted three consecutive fastest times to beat the Finn by a margin of 10.6s at the flag. Lappi rounded out the all-Michelin podium.

The British fixture lived up every bit to its reputation by delivering its traditional challenging cocktail of slippery mud, rain and occasional patches of fog.

Michelin’s WRC runners were able to choose between the new soft-compound LTX Force S6 and the harder M6 (medium) which the crews chose as a function of the conditions of the moment and the characteristics of their respective cars. Ogier favoured a mix of M6s and S6s, but the majority of his rivals opted for the S6.

Finnish youngster Kalle Rovanperä, who recently turned 18, scored an assertive win in WRC2, ahead of Swedish Skoda Fabia R5/Michelin team-mate Pontus Tidemand. Briton Gus Greensmith (Ford/Michelin) made it an all-Michelin top three.

FIA Formula E

BMW/Michelin claims maiden Formula E success

Round 1 of the 2018/2019 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, was won by Antonio Felix da Costa. The Portuguese BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing/Michelin).

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ABB Formula E - Ad Diriyah ePrix - Racecard

All you need to kown about the Ad Diriyah ePrix with our racecard.Clic on the photo to download it. 

FIA World Council decisions

A number of key decisions were taken at the FIA World Council meeting that was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on December 5. Many of them referred to some of the global championships in which Michelin is active, namely the WEC, WRC and Formula E.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) triumphs in Valencia

After claiming the season’s opener in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso concluded the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship with victory in Valencia. The Italian was unfazed when the race was red flagged due to heavy rain and he went on to finish clear of Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing/Michelin).   

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