Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.


Sixth Monte Carlo win for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Ford/Michelin) led the 2018 Rallye Monte-Carlo from start to finish to collect their fifth straight win in the Principality since 2013. Toyota/Michelin drivers Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala joined the French pair on the podium.


WRC launches 2018 campaign in Birmingham

The 2018 FIA World Rally Championship was given an official send-off today at Autosport International which is taking place this weekend at Birmingham’s NEC in England. The presentation was attended by all the factory crews and their Michelin-equipped cars.

Autosport International, the annual motorsport exhibition held in Birmingham, England, was chosen as the venue to launch this year’s FIA WRC on Thursday, January 11, two weeks before competitive action is due to kick off at the upcoming Rallye Monte-Carlo.

The WRC teams all brought along their latest challengers and their respective crews unveiled the 2018-spec Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC, Toyota Yaris WRC, Citroën C3 WRC and Ford Fiesta RS WRC which will all compete on Michelin rubber this season.

“Michelin is involved in a number of world class motorsport programmes,” said Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon, “but only the WRC allows us to work on the performance, durability and versatility of our tyres simultaneously due to the huge variety of conditions it throws at competitors and the restrictions in place regarding the number of tyres that may be used on each event. The technologies we develop for the WRC feed directly into our road tyres because our customers are looking for the very same strengths.”

The championship’s promoter Oliver Ciesla recalled Michelin’s position as the WRC’s number one tyre manufacturer: “Michelin isn’t just a technical partner to the WRC, it is also a commercial partner which invests significantly in the sport.” The German also used the show to announce that all stages will be broadcast live on WRC+ from this season.

The 2018 FIA World Rally Championship is scheduled to start in Monaco’s glamorous Place du Casino on Thursday, January 25, and will finish in Coffs Harbour, on Australia’s east coast, on Sunday, December 18.


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. 

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Daniel Abt claims maiden Formula E success

Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) notched up the first Formula E victory of his career at Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix. The German was joined on the podium by Oliver Turvey (2nd, NextEv NIO Sport/Michelin) and Sébastien Buemi (3rd, Renault e.dams/Michelin). 


MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.

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Michelin targeting a 21st Le Mans victory

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published the list of the 60 competitors it has invited to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin, which is unbeaten in the French endurance classic since 1998, is targeting a 21st consecutive victory this time around, and its 27th in total since the race was first organised in 1923.

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