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Neuville beats Ogier by seven-tenths of a second in Sardinia!

The provisional world championship pace-setter Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) came out on top of his hypnotising duel with five-time champ Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) to win the 2018 Rally Italia Sardegna by seven-tenths of a second. Esapekka Lappi was third for Toyota/Michelin.

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Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

Third place at the end of the season’s penultimate clash in Wales sufficed for Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia to clinch their fifth straight Drivers’ and Co-Drivers titles* at the wheel of their Michelin-equipped Fiesta RS WRC.

With a score of two outright wins and six other podium finishes to their name in 2017 before travelling to Wales Rally GB, the defending champs were under no obligation to claim the fifth victory of their career in the Welsh forests in order to wrap up the series. And that is probably just as well, since their remaining rivals in the title chase, namely Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville, had no intention of facilitating the French pair’s task. Indeed, it was only after the weekend’s final test – the Power Stage, on the shores of Llyn Brenig Reservoir – that Sébastien and Julien were able to give vent to their joy...

Meanwhile, a decade after securing the Manufacturers’ crown with Ford in 2007, privateer outfit M-Sport made sure of the season’s Makes’ honours*. Between them, the Michelin-equipped Ford Fiesta RS WRCs of Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak have totalled four outright wins to date and notched up 84 percent of the points tallied so far by the Malcolm Wilson-run operation.

M-Sport saw its three nominated cars finish inside the top six of Wales Rally GB, including first place thanks to Welshman Elfyn Evans who was thrilled to pocket his maiden win at this level on home soil. After an undefeated run of 92 FIA WRC outings, Michelin was pipped to top spot however by rival brand DMack which also celebrated its first WRC success, helped by tyres developed with the challenge of muddy Wales Rally GB in mind.

In contrast, Michelin placed the emphasis on ensuring that its soft-compound LTX Force S5 was capable of more versatile performance to cover all the gravel rounds of the calendar where it was likely to come into its own, like Mexico, Sardinia, Portugal, Poland, Finland and Wales.

With the French tyre firm already sure of this season’s WRC2 spoils thanks to Pontus Tidemand and Skoda Motorsport, the Swedish youngster finished on top again in Wales, chased by Frenchman Eric Camilli (Ford/Michelin).

The 2017 FIA World Rally Championship will draw to a close on November 17-19 in Australia where Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Ott Tanak (Ford/Michelin) will settle their scrap for this season’s silver medal.

(*) Subject to confirmation of the official results by the FIA.

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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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