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Toyota/Michelin claim 1-2 finish at Spa

Toyota Gazoo Racing monopolised the top two places at the end of the hot and sunny 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, opening round of the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). First over the line was the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso, chased by the N°7 prototype of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. Third was the N°1 Rebellion/Michelin, while the LM GTE Pro victor was the N°66 Ford/Michelin of Mücke/Pla/Johnson.

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One-two glory for Toyota/Michelin in Fuji downpour

In a repeat scenario of 2013, this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round seven of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – was marked by torrential rain. The appalling weather didn’t prevent the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids from monopolising the top two positions, however, while the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin came up trumps in LM GTE Pro.

The gales that swept over Japan this weekend played havoc with two major motorsport fixtures, namely the country’s motorcycle racing grand prix and the FIA WEC clash at Fuji. Rain upset both practice and the races themselves, putting Michelin’s wet-weather tyre ranges for both championships very much in the spotlight.

The WEC’s 6 Hours of Fuji started behind the safety car but red flags Were shown just half-an-hour in because of fog. There were then a number of yellow flag and ‘slow zone’ periods before action was finally curtailed prematurely, again due to poor visibility. Seventy-five percent of the distance had been completed, though, so full championship points were awarded.

Porsche and Toyota traded the lead but the win ended up in the hands of the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin (Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima) which was followed over the line by its N°7 sister car (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez), despite an early tangle with the N°1 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy, 3rd).

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s fifth victory on home soil has promoted it to within 60 points of Porsche in the provisional Manufacturers’ standings with two rounds to come. The pole-winning N°2 Porsche/Michelin of Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley ended up a lap short of the day’s victors.

The LM GTE Pro fight saw the N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin (Calado/Pier Guidi) finish 0.968s and 3.449s clear of the N°91 (Lietz/Makowiecki) and N°92 (Christensen/Estre) Porsche 911 RSRs respectively. The N°66 Ford GT and N°71 Ferrari made it an all-Michelin top five.

There was one-two success for Ferrari/Michelin in LM GTE Am thanks to Spirit of Race’s N°54 Ferrari (Flohr/Castellacci/Molina) and the N°61 Clearwater Racing car (Mok/Sawa/Griffin), while the LMP2 honours went to the N°31 Vaillante Rebellion (Canal/Prost/Senna), ahead of the N°36 Alpine and N°38 Oreca.

Teams will travel next to Shanghai, China, for the season’s penultimate showdown on November 5.

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MotoGP™: Lorenzo (Ducati Team/Michelin) on top again in Catalunya

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Round 7 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship at Barcelona-Catalunya, was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team/Michelin). The race produced the Majorcan’s second victory in a row for Ducati, ahead of the championship pace-setter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin). 

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Toyota/Michelin tastes Le Mans glory at last!

Toyota will be partying hard tonight after winning the famous Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since its debut attempt at the world famous race in 1985. This time around, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and the team’s star recruit Fernando Alonso delivered the necessary speed and reliability in their N°8 TS050-Hybrid/Michelin to spearhead a one-two finish for the Japanese carmaker, ahead of the N°7 sister car (+2 laps). Porsche/Michelin celebrated no-nonsense wins in LM GTE Pro and Am, while G-Drive Racing was unassailable in LMP2 with the N°26 Oreca07. True to its ‘Winning performance to the line’ claim, Michelin secured its 21st straight Le Mans success.

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H-7: Toyota still on target for Le Mans glory

The two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050-Hybrids are running smoothly at the top of the order at Le Mans after 17 hours, with the N°8 car of Alonso/Buemi/Nakajima currently in front. The Japanese team has been running a quadruple stint strategy since the start. Porsche GT Team/Michelin’s N°92 and N°91 911 RSRs continue to set the pace in LM GTE Pro, and the German make leads the Am class, too. The N°26 G-Drive Oreca07 continues to stand out as the car to beat in LMP2. 

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H-18: Everything going to plan for Toyota/Michelin

We’re a quarter of the way into the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours and, for the moment, nothing has spooked Toyota’s game plan. The Japanese make’s two cars are in first and second places after six hours, with the N°8 prototype of Alonso/Nakajima/Buemi setting the pace, shadowed closely by the N°7 sister car. Porsche/Michelin tops the LM GTE Pro and Am orders, while the G-Drive Racing Oreca07 is in command in LMP2. Both Toyotas have been quadruple stinting on their Michelin slicks.

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