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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: London ePrix weekend crowns Buemi and Renault-e.dams

The London round of the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship turned out to be a weekend to remember for Renault-e.dams which not only won the title for the second year running but also saw Sébastien Buemi clinch the Drivers’ crown. Team-mate Nico Prost won both races in Battersea Park on the southern bank of the River Thames.

The final meeting of the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship saw teams convene in Battersea Park (83 hectares), London, just three kilometres from Buckingham Palace.

On Friday, the day before the weekend’s opening race, the championship’s promoter Alexandro Agag revealed the calendar for the competition’s third season which will feature 14 ePrix, with visits to Hong Kong (which will kick off proceedings on October 9), Montreal, New York, Paris, Marrakesh, Brussels and Monaco. Two venues have yet to be named.

The same day, Dragon Racing announced that it will have a new partner and that Duval and d’Ambrosio will continue to be its drivers, while Aguri will be known next season as Techeetah.

The weekend’s action attracted a large number of families who picnicked on the lawns and prepared to watch qualifying for Saturday’s race from the comfort of deckchairs while watching an open-air musical concert.

There was tension in the pits, however, as the teams studied the clouds which brought rain during the session. At the end of the day, pole-winner Nico Prost celebrated victory in the arms of his four-time F1 world champion dad, watched by Bruno Senna (2nd, Mahindra, second), 23 years after the last podium finish to feature the names Senna and Prost!

The second day was much sunnier as Buemi powered to pole position for Race 2 and close the points gap to di Grassi, meaning the 2015/2016 Drivers’ title would be settled by Sunday’s clash in front of an estimated crowd of 40,000.

A bold passing attempt shortly after the start saw di Grassi run into the back of Buemi and only the bonus points for the day’s fastest race lap could now split the two men. The Swiss driver eased to the top of the standings when he eked every last ounce out of the performance potential of his Michelin Pilot Sport EV-equipped single-seater to secure the best time on Lap 16 and take over from Nelson Piquet Jr. as the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E champion.

Renault-e.dams’ perfect weekend concluded with a second win for Prost and victory in the Teams’ championship for the second year running.

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). 

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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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