300 wins and counting for Michelin in the FIA World Rally Championship

by Umar Hassan

Michelin have taken their three-hundredth win in the FIA World Rally Championship by virtue of Sébastien Ogier’s win at the 2016 Rally de España.

The French tyre manufacturer have been involved in the WRC from its inception in 1973 to today.

Ogier, who won in Salou, has become a four-time World Rally Champion as his Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen crashed out on Day 2.

Since making a return to the premier-class rally championship in 2011, Michelin have taken 50 wins with Volkswagen’s entry to the WRC as a works team in 2013.

Michelin WRC Programme Manager Jacques Morelli said “First of all, my congratulations to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia on winning their fourth world title.”

“They have done a fantastic job all year long and today is payback time. Winning the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ crowns coincides with Michelin notching up its three-hundredth victory in the World Rally Championship.”

Morelli added about Michelin winning 250 WRC wins in Spain four years ago in 2012.

“Coincidentally, we took our score to 250 world class wins in Spain, too, in 2012. Our partners have won every rally since, even though the championship allows open competition between tyre firms, with four different brands registered.

“The combination of the mixed format of this year’s Rally de Espana and the bad weather we had to begin with allowed us to demonstrate the superiority of our range across a wide spectrum of conditions.”

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