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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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Sixth Monte Carlo win for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Ford/Michelin) led the 2018 Rallye Monte-Carlo from start to finish to collect their fifth straight win in the Principality since 2013. Toyota/Michelin drivers Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala joined the French pair on the podium.

The 2018 Rallye Monte-Carlo provided a wintry cocktail of snow, ice, frost and wet, damp and dry asphalt which kept crews on their toes from flag to flag.

The mix made selecting the ideal tyre choice practically impossible, forcing the drivers to focus on finding the best compromise for each loop, from a range of options that comprised the super-soft and soft Michelin Pilot Sport asphalt tyres, along with studded and non-studded variants of the Pilot Alpin.

Action kicked off with an awesome 36-kilometre version of the Col de Fontbelle test which, this year, ran from Thoard to Sisteron, with a three-kilometre section of ice at the beginning of the downhill section. Apart from this portion, the other 60km of the week’s opening loop were entirely dry, prompting drivers to opt for clear asphalt tyres – without studs – in the knowledge that they would have to be especially careful over the icy part.

This tactic proved costly, however, for Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin), Kris Meeke (Citroën/Michelin), Elfyn Evans (Ford/Michelin) and Ott Tanak (Toyota/Michelin) whose mishaps practically handed the win to Ogier barely 20km into the rally.

Despite a spin in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin, the five-time world champion eased into an early lead which he consequently defended from his former team-mate Tanak. The Frenchman made another small error on Friday afternoon but a stupefying time on Saturday morning’s snowy SS9 put him out of the Estonian’s reach for good.

Jari-Matti Latvala joined fellow Toyota Gazoo Racing runner Tanak on the podium to put the Japanese firm provisionally on top of the Manufacturers’ standings, 20 years after its last Monte Carlo victory on Michelin rubber in 2008. Team-mate Esapekka Lappi survived an ‘off’ on the Power Stage but it saw him slip back several places from fourth.This position was snapped up by the Power Stage victor Kris Meeke, while Thierry Neuville squeezed past Ford’s Elfyn Evans to narrowly clinch fifth spot on the final test in his Hyundai i20 Coupé.

Andreas Mikkelsen was able to re-join after suffering an early technical problem, but his Hyundai/Michelin team-mate Dani Sordo crashed out for good on SS9.

Michelin and Skoda Motorsport secured another win in the WRC2 class with the Czech Republic’s Jan Kopecky whose job was facilitated by the retirement of Ford M-Sport’s Eric Camilli. There was victory for Michelin in the two-wheel drive contest, too, thanks to the reigning French Champion Yohann Bonato (Peugeot 208 R2).

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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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