FIA WRC

Hyundai/Michelin scores one-two finish in Poland

Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon overcame appalling conditions to earn a one-two result for Hyundai Motorsport in Poland. Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) finished on the podium to defend his position at the top of the WRC’s provisional Driver’s standings. 

FIA WRC

Maiden WRC glory for Ott Tanak!

After collecting the first world class top-three finish of his career in Sardinia, in 2012, Estonia’s Ott Tanak celebrated his first world championship victory on the same event today. The Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin driver was joined on the Italian podium by Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai).

FIA WRC

Finland’s Esapekka Lappi strikes first WRC gold!

The 2017 Rally Finland was won by homegrown rising star Esapekka Lappi (Toyota/Michelin). He finished clear of Briton Elfyn Evans (Ford) and compatriot Juho Hänninen to claim his first world class success. Toyota took its 45th WRC victory.

Unsettled for several years by non-Nordic rivals, Flying Finns were the dominant force on their home round of the 2017 WRC. Halfway into Leg 1 of the 65th ‘Jyväskylä Grand Prix’, four local drivers effectively monopolised the top four places for the first time since 2004!

That said, their bid was aided by the early misadventures of Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin), Hayden Paddon (Hyundai/Michelin) and Ott Tanak (Ford/Michelin).

A series of four straight stage wins saw Jari-Matti Latvala ease ahead of fellow Toyota/Michelin driver Lappi on Saturday morning but he was then betrayed by mechanical woes on the infamous Ouninpohja test (SS19). The event’s three-time victor nonetheless collected the weekend’s highest number of fastest times.

After recovering first place, Lappi, 26, controlled from in front to score his first ever WRC win on the same event where he made his championship debut in 2011. He completed the distance at an average speed of 127kph to make the 2017 Rally Finland the fastest round in WRC history. Lappi is the 15th Finn to win a WRC event despite driving a World Rally Car for only the fourth time.

A furious battle developed in his wake for the other podium steps between compatriots Hänninen (3rd, Toyota/Michelin) and Teemu Suninen (4th, Ford/Michelin), and Evans (2nd, Ford).

Suninen, who was contesting his second outing in a World Rally Car, cracked under pressure on the penultimate stage, leaving his fellow challengers split by less than a second at the start of the Power Stage. The Welshman went on to clinch silver, three-tenths clear of Hänninen who made it two Toyotas in the top three.

The Yaris WRC/Michelin, which was designed and developed close to Jyväskylä, was fastest on 18 of the 25 stages, while the Japanese make notched up its 20th WRC success on Michelin rubber.

Ireland’s Craig Breen (Citroën/Michelin) was fifth, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin), the new Drivers’ standings leader, level on points with Ogier. The WRC2 contest was won by Jari Huttunen (Skoda/Michelin), the young protégé of ex-world champion Marcus Grönholm.

FIA Formula E

New York glory for DS Virgin!

The weekend’s two Formula E races in New York City were won by DS Virgin Racing/Michelin’s Sam Bird, which means the 2016/2017 Drivers’ and Teams’ titles will now go down to the wire at the season’s finale in Montreal, Canada, in two weeks’ time.

FIA WEC

One-two success for Porsche/Michelin at the Nürburgring

Following in the wake of its recent triumph at Le Mans, Porsche Team dominated Round 4 of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to claim one-two glory with its N°2 and N°1 cars at the Nürburgring, Germany. The LM GTE Pro battle was won by the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin, ahead of the two Michelin-equipped Porsche 911 RSRs.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez stays Sachsenring ‘Meister’

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) posted his eighth straight victory at the Sachsenring, Germany, to claim the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. The Spaniard was joined on the podium of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship’s eighth round by Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences wins FIM Endurance World Cup

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences took first place at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring to claim the 2017 FIM Endurance World Cup for the best-placed Superstock entry.  

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