FIA WEC

One-two glory for Toyota/Michelin in Fuji downpour

In a repeat scenario of 2013, this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round seven of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – was marked by torrential rain. The appalling weather didn’t prevent the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids from monopolising the top two positions, however, while the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin came up trumps in LM GTE Pro.

FIA WEC

Porsche and Michelin triumph in Texan heat

Porsche Team collected its third consecutive one-two finish in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship when Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley took the win at Austin, Texas, USA, in the N°2 919 Hybrid, ahead of the similar car of Jani/Lotterer/Tandy. The N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Calado/Per Guidi won the LM GTE class.

FIA WEC

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.

MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso takes Malaysia win!

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) collected his sixth success of the year with victory at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came second to notch up Ducati’s first one-two finish of the season, while Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was third. Fourth place for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) means the fight for the 2017 crown will be decided in Valence. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez to wrap up title in Malaysia?

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship concludes its autumn long-haul tour with the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix (Round 17 of 18). Marc Marquez travels to Sepang with a 33-point cushion at the top of the provisional standings and could well collect his fourth premier class crown this weekend. 

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