FIA WEC

Second Spa success for the N°8 Toyota/Michelin!

The N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin (Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso) overcame atrocious weather to secure its second straight victory at Spa-Francorchamps. The six-hour race was interrupted on several occasions due to hailstones and even snow. The other podium finishers were the N°3 Rebellion/Michelin N°3 (Berthon/Laurent/Menezes) and the N°11 BR1-AER/Michelin (Aleshin/Petrov/Vandoorne). In addition to securing the top prize in LMP2 with Dragonspeed’s N°31 Oreca-Gibson (Maldonado/Gonzalez/Davidson), Michelin also topped the LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am classes with the N°97 Aston Martin (Martin/Lynn) and N°77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche (Ried/Pera/Campbell). Porsche and the N°92 crew Christensen/Estre are the 2018/2019 FIA WEC GT Manufacturers and Drivers champions with Michelin.

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FIA WEC - 6 Hours of Spa - Racecard

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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 WRC

Tänak earns Michelin’s 333rd WRC victory

The first Rally Chile to count towards the FIA World Rally Championship was won by Estonia’s Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin) who notched up Michelin’s 333rd WRC success in the process. French world champions Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin) and Sébastien Loeb (Hyundai/Michelin) were second and third, while WRC2 victor was the young Finnish Michelin runner Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda). 

FIA Formula E

Monaco glory for Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin)

Pole-sitter Jean-Eric Vergne collected his second win of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship in Monaco to go top of the provisional Drivers’ standings. Oliver Rowland (2nd, Nissan e.dams/Michelin), Felipe Massa (3rd, Venturi Formula E Team/Michelin) and Pascal Wehrlein (4th, Mahindra Racing/Michelin) made it four different teams in the day’s top-four, blanketed by just 1.439 seconds! 

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FIA WRC - COPEC Rally Chile - Racecard

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