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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.

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Toyota wins as Porsche/Michelin seals 2017 WEC crown

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin at the 6 Hours of Shanghai in the hands of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima did not prevent Porsche Team from securing a third straight FIA WEC title. The German squad’s Timo Bernard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber claimed the 2017 Drivers’ crown. 

The 6 Hours of Shanghai, penultimate round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, was dominated by Toyota Gazoo Racing which saw its N°7 car qualify on pole position before the two Japanese prototypes topped the order for much of the race itself.

A Toyota one-two appeared to be on the cards until the N°7 car of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez tangled with the N°91 Porsche GTE, leading to an unscheduled pit stop. The N°8 sister car went on to seal the day’s victory, with second spot going instead to the N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Bernhard/Hartley/Bamber) which made sure of a third straight Manufacturers’ title for Porsche Team. The N°1 Porsche (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) was third.

Runner-up honours for the N°2 car allowed Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber to wrap up the Drivers’ championship to add to their Le Mans triumph in June.

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There was another splendid stand-off in LM GTE Pro which saw six different cars top the leaderboard. First place was finally pocketed by the N°67 Ford/Michelin after Priaulx/Tincknell finished 11 seconds clear of the N°91 Porsche/Michelin which was delayed by its late collision with the Toyota prototype. The N°51 Ferrari (Calado/Pier Guidi) was a further eight seconds adrift in third place, but that was enough for Ferrari/Michelin to earn the GT Manufacturers’ title.

The N°98 Aston Martin (Lauda/Lamy/Dalla Lana) took the LM GTE Am spoils, ahead of the N°86 and N°77 Porsches, and there was a third LMP2 victory in as many races for Vaillante-Rebellion. Its N°31 car (Canal/Prost/Senna) was joined on the podium by the N°36 Alpine and its N°13 sister car. Former actor Jackie Chan officially flagged away the Chinese race but his team’s N°38 prototype finished just shy of the class’s podium on home soil.

The last round of the 2017 FIA WEC will take teams to Bahrain on November 18.

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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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