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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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Le Mans 2017: Michelin’s 20th Le Mans consecutive victory in numbers

Michelin won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 20th straight year and for the third year in a row in association with Porsche after posting the fastest ever lap of the French circuit with Toyota. 

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Porsche LMP Team hands Michelin its 20th straight Le Mans win!

The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin extend its uninterrupted winning record in La Sarthe to 20 outright victories since 1998. It was assisted in its quest by the dogged determination of the N°2 Porsche crew (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) who fought back from an early technical issue to scoop the coveted trophy with an hour to go. Along with the N°8 Toyota, which finished back in ninth spot, the German machine was one of only two LMP1-H prototypes to reach the flag after disaster struck the class’s other three factory entries. Michelin’s successful weekend was compounded by a one-two-three finish in LM GTE Am in association with Ferrari, plus a double podium in LM GTE Pro.

If you thought the last-moment demise of the front-running Toyota which cruelly handed the 2016 win to Porsche was dramatic, well this year’s visit to the French circuit delivered just as much suspense. And, once again, it panned out in the Stuttgart firm’s favour after it seemed like a cascade of technical troubles amongst the front-runners was going to allow a LMP2 competitor to collect the 2017 spoils.

However, Jackie Chan DC Racing’s fleeting dream that it might win the day with its N°38 Oreca07-Gibson was scuppered by the gritty performance of the N°2 Porsche trio who fought back to snatch top spot for the German make after the N°1 sister car – which had led for some 12 hours – was eliminated by an engine issue shortly after midday Sunday.That incident left two LMP2 runners ahead, but thanks to the untiring efforts of Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley, Porsche/Michelin’s second car was there to save the day with one hour remaining after battling back from penultimate position at 6:30pm Saturday evening!

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The German machine was joined for the podium celebrations by the N°38 and N°35 LMP2 cars which benefited from the technical problems that swept aside three of the factory prototypes and left the N°8 Toyota relieved to cross the line in ninth spot in the hot weather.

Meanwhile, the 258,000 spectators were treated to yet another nail-biting finish in LM GTE Pro which saw all five makes –Chevrolet/Michelin, Aston Martin, Ferrari/Michelin, Ford/Michelin and Porsche/Michelin – challenge for class’s top honours until the dying moments. The win was only secured at the start of the ultimate lap by the N°97 Aston, while the N°67 Ford and the N°63 Corvette were second and third.

To complete the thrilling weekend, Michelin monopolised the LM GTE Am podium thanks to the crews of the N°84, N°55 and N°62 Ferraris who forced their opponents in the category to do all the chasing once the race had settled into a rhythm.

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Thierry Neuville takes Portugal win

After his success in snowy Sweden in February, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) was first past the post again at the end of the weekend’s Rally de Portugal. The Belgian, who has gone to the top of the provisional 2018 Drivers’ standings, was joined on the podium by Ford M-Sport/Michelin’s Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen.

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MotoGP: Marc Márquez takes Le Mans spoils

The winner of Sunday’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France (Round 5 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship) at Le Mans-Bugatti was Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) were second and third.

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One-two glory for Audi/Michelin in Berlin

Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler marched to a one-two triumph on home soil thanks to Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi. Third place for Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) has taken the Frenchman even further clear at the top of the Drivers’ points table with only three more races to come.

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