WRC 2017 - Portugal - The performance and strength of the MICHELIN LTX Force H4 and S5 tires play key role in victory
For the third year running, Portugal’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship was based in the north of the country, near Porto, where competitors faced cool, windy conditions, but were spared rain. The organisers had meticulously prepared the stages which were recently regraded, but their efforts finally went unrewarded after heavy rain caused significant damage to the local dirt roads in the days before the start.
Despite this setback, the first European gravel fixture of the 2017 campaign still lived up to its promise by producing another fierce fight for victory. Indeed, the gap between winner Sébastien Ogier (M-Sport) and second-placed Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) was only 16.8s at the last morning’s re-start, with 306.24 competitive kilometres completed and 42.93km still to come.
Michelin’s partners were able to choose between the hard-compound MICHELIN LTX Force H4 and the new, softer S5. The latter, which was first available for March’s Rally Mexico, gets up to its ideal working temperature just as quickly as its predecessor – which is vital in order to be competitive from the very start of stages – but it is also more consistent and, above all, delivers competitive performance even longer. With wear-rates down 20 percent in identical conditions, the MICHELIN LTX Force S5 is increasingly becoming the drivers’ preferred choice, while the