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

Victory at Sebring for Toyota/Michelin

Round six of the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship at Sebring, Florida, USA, was won by the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso. The N°91 Porsche/Michelin of Lietz/Bruni came out on top after a thrilling battle in LM GTE Pro.

 

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After dominating every practice session for the 1,000 Miles of Sebring and smashing the previous lap record for the Florida circuit in qualifying with Fernando Alonso in the N°8 car, the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids unsurprisingly dominated the race itself.

Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso Miles followed up their previous 2018/2019 WEC successes at Spa and Le Mans to top Saturday evening’s order. The N°7 car of team-mates Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez completed the distance a lap back after being caught up in a tangle with an LM GTE Am runner.

The third-placed N°11 BR1/Michelin (SMP Racing, Aleshin/Petrov/Hartley) finished 11 laps short, chased by LMP2 victors Heinemeier-Hansson/King/Stevens. Rebellion Racing’s N°1 BR1/Michelin and the N°17 BR1/Michelin (SMP Racing) both crashed out.

Spectators were treated to yet another enthralling scrap in LM GTE Pro between Porsche, BMW and Ford who finished in that order to make it an all-Michelin podium. Victory went to the N°91 Porsche of Richard Lietz/Gianmaria Bruni, but only 816-thousandths of a second clear of the N°81 BMW M8 GTE (Tomczyk/Catsburg/Sims) which took advantage of its last pit stop to fit Michelin wet weather tyres as rain swept across the track during the closing moments. The N°67 Ford GT (Priaulx/Tincknell/Bomarito) had to settle for third spot despite leading for much of the evening.

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There was another win for the N°77 Porsche/Michelin (Ried/Andlauer/Campbell) in LM GTE Am, ahead of the Spirit of Race-run Ferrari/Michelin of Flohr/Castelacci/Fisichella. The class’s other podium finisher was the N°56 Porsche/Michelin which had to be rebuilt after catching fire earlier in the week.

In LMP2, Signatech-Alpine (Lapierre/Negrao/Thiriet) celebrated its return to the Michelin fold by securing second place. The N°31 Oreca-Nissan/Michelin (DragonSpeed, Gonzalez/Maldonado/Davidson was third.

The weekend’s action continues with the 12 Hours of Sebring, round two of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which starts on Saturday afternoon local time.

To cover the two races, Michelin took 16,000 tyres to Florida.

The next 2018/2019 FIA WEC clash will see teams travel to Belgium for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May 2

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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