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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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Porsche and Michelin triumph in Texan heat

Porsche Team collected its third consecutive one-two finish in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship when Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley took the win at Austin, Texas, USA, in the N°2 919 Hybrid, ahead of the similar car of Jani/Lotterer/Tandy. The N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Calado/Per Guidi won the LM GTE class.

The 6 Hours of COTA, Round 6 of the 2017 FIA WEC 2017, saw track temperatures at the Circuit of the Americas reach almost 45°C as ex-F1 star Rubens Barrichello flagged the cars away at midday local time. And with air temperatures of 35°C, the rule limiting drivers to a maximum of 80 minutes in the car at a time was enforced.

After locking out the front row of the grid in qualifying, the two Michelin-equipped Porsche 919 Hybrids got away to a clean start, but the similarly-shod Toyota TS050 Hybrids soon succeeded in splitting the German prototypes.

The first round of refuelling stops saw Buemi and Conway hand over their respective Toyotas to their team-mates, but Toyota Gazoo Racing chose to keep the cars on the same tyres for a second stint.

This manoeuvre resulted in the Japanese team appearing on top at the one-hour mark. Later, despite the heat, Porsche Team also took advantage of the longevity and consistency of its Michelin rubber to double stint.

A safety car interruption at around the halfway point threw the battle wide open once more and the four hybrid prototypes kept the Texan crowd entertained by performing some breath-taking passes in traffic.

Porsche eventually gained the upper hand and team orders allowed Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley (N°1) to claim their fourth straight win and extend their lead in the Drivers’ championship. The N°8 Toyota (Buemi/Sarrazin/Nakajima) was third.

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The N°51 Ferrari/Michelin of James Calado and Alessandro Per Guidi followed up its recent Mexican success by beating the on-form N°92 Porsche 911 RSR to the LM GTE Pro prize by a margin of just 5.663 seconds. The N°71 Ferrari made it an all-Michelin top three in the searing heat, but the Ford GTs failed to overcome the handicap of their unfavourable BoP on home soil.

The LMP2 pole-winning N°36 Alpine (Lapierre/Menezes/Negrao) collected its first class victory of the year, followed over the line by the N°13 and N°31 Vaillante-Rebellions.

The LM GTE Am went to the N°98 Aston Martin (Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda) despite an early tangle. Second and third were the N°61 and N°54 Michelin-equipped Ferraris.

The next round will take teams to Mount Fuji, Japan, on October 15.

FIA Formula E

Vergne and Audi Sport secure 2017/2018 titles with Michelin

The New York City E-Prix saw Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin claim the 2017/2018 FIA ABB Formula E Drivers’ and Teams’ titles. Season 5 will kick off in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, on December 15 when the championship’s new-generation all-electric single-seaters will race for the first time on equally new Michelin tyres.

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MotoGP™: Márquez (Repsol Honda Team / Michelin), King of the ‘Ring

The 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship’s trip to Germany saw Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) collect his ninth straight win at the Sachsenring and his sixth there in motorcycle racing’s premier series, all from pole position. The Spaniard was joined on the Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland podium by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. 

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