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Berlin ePrix: Rosenqvist on form in Berlin

Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) left Berlin with the weekend’s highest points haul thanks to his victory in Saturday’s race. Sunday’s victor was the championship’s provisional leader Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams).

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Paris ePrix: Buemi triumphs in French capital

Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) followed up his victory in Monaco last week with another at Saturday’s Paris ePrix, ahead of Lopez and Heidfeld. A mistake by rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) helped him to comfort his cushion at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings.

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FIA Formula E Championship: a landmark first in Marrakech

Morocco’s Marrakech ePrix on November 12, 2016, will be the first round of the FIA Formula E Championship to be held in Africa. The meeting coincides with the United Nations’ COP22 summit to provide a nice tie-in for Michelin’s sustainable mobility strategy and the spirit behind the world’s first all-electric single-seater motor racing series.

Following Formula E’s successful maiden visit to Hong Kong, attention now turns to Morocco’s historic Marrakech where the defending champion Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) stands out as favourite to win the championship’s first African fixture and add an eighth win to his personal record.

He is likely to face fierce opposition from second-placed Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) who produced a stunning comeback in Hong Kong to take his score to 14 Formula E podiums to date.

Some of the drivers benefit from previous knowledge of the city’s Moulay El Hassan circuit which has hosted World Touring Car Championship action since 2009. Their numbers include Quing Hua (Techeetah) and Argentina’s Jose Maria Lopez (DS Virgin Racing) who has even won there. The three-time WTCC champion started his debut Formula E race in Hong Kong from third on the grid.

Following its strong qualifying performance on the Chinese island, NEXTEV TCR appears to have cured its reliability issues which will no doubt boost team morale, not to mention Nelson Piquet Jr’s chances of a second title.

As the 14th venue to be visited by Formula E, Marrakech will be new terrain for the Michelin Pilot Sport EV2. This 2.97km semi-permanent track in the city’s popular Agdal district features 12 turns and runs along Mohamed VI Avenue which was entirely facelifted earlier this year. It is also the longest circuit to be visited by the competition after Beijing in 2015.

The ePrix will take place to the backdrop of COP22 (November 7-18, 2016) which makes it a particularly symbolic race, especially since the FIA Formula E Championship is an official partner of the UN climate conference. The meeting will consequently provide Michelin Motorsport and the organisers of motor racing’s first international all-electric single-seater championship with an opportunity to showcase the numerous technology breakthroughs the competition has spawned in favour of sustainable mobility.

The two free practice sessions will take place on the morning of Saturday, November 12 (8am and 10:30am), followed by qualifying at noon. The race itself will start at 4pm local time.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Rossi returns to winning ways at Assen

Sunday’s Motul Assen TT, round eight of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Second and third were fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Prama Racing) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). 

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2017: Michelin’s 20th Le Mans consecutive victory in numbers

Michelin won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 20th straight year and for the third year in a row in association with Porsche after posting the fastest ever lap of the French circuit with Toyota. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Assen’s ‘Cathedral of Speed’ for the Dutch GP

Assen is the only circuit to have been visited by the MotoGPTM World Championship every season since 1949. The Motul TT Assen is round eight of the 2017 calendar. 

24H du Mans

Porsche LMP Team hands Michelin its 20th straight Le Mans win!

The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin extend its uninterrupted winning record in La Sarthe to 20 outright victories since 1998. It was assisted in its quest by the dogged determination of the N°2 Porsche crew (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) who fought back from an early technical issue to scoop the coveted trophy with an hour to go. Along with the N°8 Toyota, which finished back in ninth spot, the German machine was one of only two LMP1-H prototypes to reach the flag after disaster struck the class’s other three factory entries. Michelin’s successful weekend was compounded by a one-two-three finish in LM GTE Am in association with Ferrari, plus a double podium in LM GTE Pro.

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