FIA WEC

Toyota and Michelin win in rainy Shanghai

The N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez and the N°8 sister car of Buemi/Alonso/Nakajima collected another one-two finish for the Japanese make in the FIA WEC as torrential rain greeted teams to Shanghai, China. Michelin scored its 50th LM GTE Pro class victory in the championship with the N°95 Aston Martin (Sorensen/Thiim).

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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.

Ex-F1 world champion (with Renault/Michelin) Fernando Alonso celebrated his debut endurance racing appearance by being first past the chequered flag at Spa-Francorchamps in the N°8 Toyota/Michelin, 1.444s clear of Mike Conway in the similar N°7 prototype.

A fuel feed problem resulted in the N°7 Toyota starting the Belgian clash a lap behind from the pit lane, which meant it was unable to take advantage of pole position. It succeeded in making up the gap to the N°8 sister car, however, aided by a number of Safety Car periods and some double-stinting on its Michelin tyres.

By the halfway point, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose-Maria Lopez were running second in the order, around 50 seconds short of the leading car. Two hours later, the gap was down to 15 or so seconds and the final phase of the race kept the crowd entertained as Alonso and Conway weaved through the traffic in their scrap for supremacy. The N°8 car eventually clinched the win by a margin of just 1.444s.

Third and fourth places went to the non-hybrid LMP1 Rebellion-Gibson/Michelin prototypes of Jani/Lotterer/Senna (+2 laps) and Beche/Laurent/Menezes, while the N°4 ByKolles and N°11 SMP Racing prototypes rounded out the top six. The LMP2 spoils went to G-Drive Racing (7th overall, Vergne/Rusinov/Pizzitola).

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Three different manufacturers finished on the day’s LM GTE Pro podium. Victory went to the N°66 Ford/Michelin of Mücke/Pla/Johnson, ahead of N°92 Porsche 911 RSR/Michelin (Christensen/Bruni, +13.931s). The N°71 Ferrari/Michelin clinched third place on the final lap when Davide Rigon found a way past Richard Lietz’s N°92 Porsche/Michelin. The pole-winning N°67 Ford/Michelin crashed out spectacularly early on at Le Raidillon (with Tincknell behind the wheel) and the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin lost ground following a tangle with another car.

There was a close battle towards the end in LM GTE Am, too, between Pedro Lamy (N°98 Aston Martin/Michelin) and Evan Alers-Hanzey (N°90 Aston Martin/Michelin TF Sport). The Portuguese veteran held on to win by just 221-thousandths of a second and notch up his 20th FIA WEC class success. The N°61 Ferrari/Michelin (Clearwater Racing) was third.

The next port of call for FIA WEC competitors will be the official test day ahead of the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours at the beginning of June.

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).

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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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