After making their maiden competitive appearance in July, in Finland, the new MICHELIN LTX Force M6 and MICHELIN LTX Force S6 were the nominated choice for Wales Rally GB for the first time. Their compounds (medium and soft) proved ideally suited to the British round’s highly specific conditions which forced competitors to carefully plan their respective tyre strategies for the weekend, backed by advice from the expert Michelin technicians delegated to work with each team, although the final choice is always down to the drivers.
This year’s Wales Rally GB was brought forward three weeks compared with 2017 which meant the weather was slightly different. With the exception of Day 1, there was effectively little rain and the temperature varied from 7 to 14°C, while the sun made numerous appearances over the three days. Even the usually omnipresent morning fog was rare this time around.
As a result, crews were able to count on the consistency of the MICHELIN LTX Force M6 which was ideal for the longer competitive loops. A combination of the two compounds was a frequent option, however, even though Michelin’s WRC partners took care to keep back a stock of the softer option for Sunday morning’s tests. The last day’s menu included the Power Stage which, for the first time this season, wasn’t the last competitive section of the rally but scheduled four tests from the end.

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