FIA WRC

Sixth WRC title for Ogier and Toyota’s fourth, all with Michelin

The 2018 Rally Australia saw Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claim their sixth Drivers’ world title and their second with Ford/Michelin. Jari-Matti Latvala earned Toyota Gazoo Racing’s 50th world class victory to make sure of the Manufacturers’ crown with Michelin.  

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Rally Australia - Racecard

All you ever wanted to know about the Rally Australia, the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Who will crowned World Champion?Clic on the photo to download the racecard.

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Tanak and Toyota/Michelin steal Argentina limelight

Ott Tanak collected the third world class win of his career, and his first behind the wheel of a Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin, with victory in Argentina. The Estonian was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin runners Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

A score of 10 fastest stage times from 18 – including six on the trot – earned Tanak a thoroughly deserved victory in South America. With the exception of a spin on SS2, which cost him around 20 seconds, the Toyota driver dominated the season’s fifth round in impressive style.

His third world class win was Toyota Gazoo Racing’s first since last year’s Rally Finland, and the first for Toyota/Michelin in Argentina since Didier Auriol’s success there in 1994.

With Tanak in a class of his own, four drivers ended up scrapping for the other podium places, namely Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Kris Meeke (Citroën/Michelin) winners of the event in 2017 and 2015, Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin), who was contesting the rally for the 13th time, and world champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) who has yet to win in Villa Carlos Paz.

The Frenchman fell out of contention after Saturday morning’s visit to foggy Los Gigantes, while Kris Meeke stopped to change a wheel on SS14, thereby ensuring podium placings for his two Hyundai rivals. The Korean carmaker consequently tops the provisional Manufacturers’ standings but Ogier is still the best-placed driver, 10 points clear of Neuville.

Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai/Michelin) lost time after a strong start but finally succeeded in fighting his way back to fifth, ahead of Britons Elfyn Evans (Ford/Michelin) and Meeke. Finns Esapekka Lappi (Toyota/Michelin) and Argentina rookie Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin) rounded out the top 10, ahead of WRC2 victor Pontus Tidemand (Skoda/Michelin).

As in Corsica earlier this month, Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) failed to reach the finish, while Craig Breen (Citroën/Michelin) was eliminated by an off on Day 2.

An estimated crowd of 100,000 turned out to watch the El Condor stage alone (creating huge traffic jams in the process) to confirm Rally Argentina’s huge popularity.

The WRC returns to Europe next month for the equally popular Rally de Portugal.

FIA Formula E

BMW/Michelin claims maiden Formula E success

Round 1 of the 2018/2019 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, was won by Antonio Felix da Costa. The Portuguese BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing/Michelin).

FIA Formula E

ABB Formula E - Ad Diriyah ePrix - Racecard

All you need to kown about the Ad Diriyah ePrix with our racecard.Clic on the photo to download it. 

FIA World Council decisions

A number of key decisions were taken at the FIA World Council meeting that was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on December 5. Many of them referred to some of the global championships in which Michelin is active, namely the WEC, WRC and Formula E.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) triumphs in Valencia

After claiming the season’s opener in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso concluded the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship with victory in Valencia. The Italian was unfazed when the race was red flagged due to heavy rain and he went on to finish clear of Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing/Michelin).   

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