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Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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FIA WRC - Vodafone Rally de Portugal - Racecard

All you need to know abou the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, 7th round of World Rally Championship (WRC).Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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Toyota’s Tänak secures second straight success

Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin) bounced back from his recent victory in Finland to win the 2018 ADAC Rallye Deutschland, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Esapekka Lappi (Toyota/Michelin). Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) was fourth.

Four months after France’s Tour de Corse, the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship returned to sealed-surface action last weekend with Rallye Deutschland, a uniquely challenging fixture that features three distinct types of stages, from the lanes that crisscross the Mosel Valley vineyards to the abrasive, part-concrete/part-asphalt roads of the Baumholder army ranges and, finally, the wooded, hilly Saarland region.

The extreme conditions, which count amongst the most aggressive of the season, were compounded by the weekend’s hot weather which saw ground temperatures soar to as high as 40°C. The Michelin Pilot Sport H5 rose to the occasion, however, to complete the 39 kilometres of the notorious Panzerplatte test with perfectly acceptable wear rates and, in most cases, no air pressure losses despite some crews reporting rim damage.

Last year’s Rallye Deutschland victor Ott Tänak steered his Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin to an early lead on Day 1 thanks to a score of five stage wins from six. He was joined on the overnight podium by 2018 Drivers’ title challengers Ogier and Neuville who were chased in turn by a pack that comprised Elfyn Evans, Jari-Matti Latvala, Dani Sordo and Lappi.

Saturday’s action saw the Estonian go further clear following woes for Ogier (wheel change on ‘Panzerplatte’) who fell to ninth after losing 1m40s.

The Frenchman fought back to recover fourth at the finish after podium challengers Latvala (Toyota/Michelin, transmission) and Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin, off) both suffered on Sunday morning’s SS14. Their troubles promoted Neuville and Lappi to second and third places on Sunday afternoon.

Teemu Suninen celebrated his first asphalt outing in a WRC car with fifth place.

Welshman Evans (Ford/Michelin) and Citroën/Michelin’s Craig Breen and Mads Ostberg were all caught out by the tricky German stages.

There was an interesting battle for WRC2 honours, too. Eric Camilli (Ford/Michelin) retired from the class lead with an alternator problem on Saturday afternoon, leaving Kalle Rovanpera (Skoda/Michelin), Fabio Andolfi (Skoda), Jan Kopecky (Skoda/Michelin) and Kajetan Kajetanowicz (Ford) blanketed by less than eight seconds. Skoda Motorsport’s Kopecky and Rovanpera ultimately gained the upper hand, though, to earn another one-two finish for Michelin.

WRC action will resume on September 13-16 when the championship returns to Turkey for the first time since 2006.

24H du Mans

2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

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Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Danilo Petrucci earns maiden MotoGPTM victory at Mugello

Danilo Petrucci claimed the first premier-class win of his career at his home race on an Italian bike. The Ducati Team rider earned rapturous applause from the local fans when he was first across the line at Mugello, home of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s sixth round. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Petrucci’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. The performance of Michelin’s latest-generation MotoGPTM tyres contributed to the tumbling of several records.  

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MotoGP™ - Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley - Racecard

All you need to know about the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, 6th round of the MotoGP championship. Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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