WRC 2017 - Spain - Mission accomplished for Michelin’s WRC rubber
The 2017 RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España (October 5-8) saw Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle collect the weekend’s win in their Citroën C3 WRC, while second and third places respectively for M-Sport team-mates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC) made it an all-Michelin podium.
Again based in Salou, south of Barcelona, this year’s RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España was the 2017 WRC calendar’s only mixed-surface fixture and, true to tradition, featured a package of gravel stages on Friday followed by asphalt action on Saturday and Sunday.
With a total length of 1,297.62km, including 312.03km divided into 19 special stages, its format was practically identical to that of the 2016 event when Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia sewed up last season’s Drivers’ and Co-drivers’ titles competing in the colours of Volkswagen Motorsport.
This time round, Michelin’s WRC partners had a choice of MICHELIN Pilot Sport H5 and S5 asphalt tyres, and MICHELIN LTX Force H4 and S5 gravel tyres, while their WRC2 colleagues were able to choose between the MICHELIN Pilot Sport RH3 and RS (asphalt) and the MICHELIN Latitude Cross H90 and S80 (gravel). Once again, this range covered all the different types of conditions encountered over the weekend while also providing Michelin’s partner crews with a competitive combination of performance, durability and safety.