This week’s visit to northern Sardinia for Round 8 of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship produced a hot, dusty challenge for the cars and crews who had to contend with a cocktail of narrow, rock-lined dirt roads and sandier tracks which revealed a particularly hard-wearing base after the first passes. Despite the challenging terrain, Michelin’s WRC partners were again able to rely on their MICHELIN LTX Force tyres which were available this week in a choice two of the range’s three compounds, namely the H4 (hard) and M6 (medium) versions.

The hot and occasionally humid weather saw the teams opt for sometimes contrasting tyre strategies, influenced notably by their cars’ respective positions in the running order in Sardinia where the phenomenon of ‘road sweeping’ can play a big role. On Day 1, for example, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia – who were first on the road in their Citroën C3 WRC – went for three hard and two medium Michelins, while Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) chose six MICHELIN LTX Force M6s.

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