FIA WEC

Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

FIA WEC

Rebellion/Michelin takes Shanghai win

The 4 Hours of Shanghai – Round 3 of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the N°1 Rebellion R13/Michelin of Senna/Menezes/Nato. Second and third were the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped Toyota Hybrids which were carrying ballast in keeping with the latest regulations. The LMGTE Pro and Am laurels went to Ferrari/Michelin and Aston Martin/Michelin respectively.

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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Just hours after wrapping up the FIA World Rally Championship Manufacturers’ title in Australia with Michelin, Toyota Gazoo Racing/Michelin celebrated more one-two glory in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the 6 Hours of Shanghai. The race was marred by extremely wet conditions which prompted two red-flag interruptions and seven safety-car appearances.

In a repeat of last month’s trip to Fuji, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose-Maria Lopez (N°7) were first past the flag to claim their second victory in a row, 1.419 seconds clear of team-mates Buemi/Alonso/Nakajima.

Third place went to SMP Racing’s N°11 BR1/Michelin (Aleshin/Petrov/Button) after a ferocious late scrap with the N°1 Rebellion/Michelin. It was the Russian team’s first podium finish of the season if you don’t include the third place it inherited at Silverstone after Toyota’s disqualification. The N°1 and N°3 Rebellions rounded out the afternoon’s top five.

In LM GTE Pro, the pole-winning N°66 Ford GT/Michelin was eliminated from the fight by a collision. As in Japan, the Aston Martin Vantages proved competitive in the wet, aided by their Michelin rain tyres. In addition to ending up seventh overall, Marco Sorensen and Nicky Thiim (N°95 Aston Martin) revelled in the weather to earn Michelin’s 50th win in this class at FIA WEC level.

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The race’s final half-hour saw the N°91 (2nd, Lietz/Bruni) and N°92 (3rd, Christensen/Estre) Michelin-equipped Porsches ease past the N°97 Aston Martin/Michelin which was finally fourth. The N°71 Ferrari was fifth.

Porsche/Michelin locked out the LM GTE Am podium with Ried/Andlauer/Campbell (N°77), Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (N°56) and Al Qbaisy/Pera/Cairoli (N°88).

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Despite the treacherous conditions, Michelin also topped the LM P2 order for some time with the N°31 Oreca of Gonzalez/Maldonado/Davidson. The DragonSpeed crew had to settle for second place at the chequered flag, however, behind Jackie Chan Racing’s similar N°38 prototype. The Michelin-equipped N°50 Larbre Compétition car finished in the class’s top six.

The next round of the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship will take teams to Sebring, Florida, USA, on March 13-15, 2019.

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Britons rule at 2019/2020 curtain raiser in Saudi Arabia

Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) took the two wins at the opening meeting of the 2019/2020 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Michelin has been the official tyre supplier to the FIA’s all-electric racing series since its creation in 2014.

FIA WRC

Citroën and Michelin: a winning combination in the WRC

Citroën has announced its intention to curtail its involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship. Together, the French car firm and Michelin have harvested five Manufacturers’ titles, four Drivers’ crowns, 58 world-class wins and 150 podium finishes.

MOTOGP™

MotoE: Ferrari claims inaugural Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup

Fifth place at the last round of the 2019 Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup sufficed for Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to become the new competition’s first champion. The weekend’s two races were won by pole-winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez wraps up 2019 with home success

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana was won by Spaniard Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) was second, while Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. All three riders chose the same tyre combination for the 19th and last round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship.  

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