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.

FIA WEC

Le Mans 2017: Toyota/Michelin grabs history-making pole!

The final evening of Le Mans qualifying turned out to be a landmark occasion with drivers setting new qualifying records up and down the classes. Toyota/Michelin’s Kamui Kobayashi (N°7 TS050-Hybrid, Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin) stunned his rivals early on with a 3m14.791. That not only took the wind out of Porsche’s sails but also goes down as the fastest ever lap in Le Mans history. There were record performances, too, in LMP2 (N°26 Oreca), LM GTE Pro (N°97 Aston Martin) and LM GTE Am (N°50 Chevrolet/Michelin).

FIA WEC

Porsche/Michelin enjoys Mexican fiesta

The 6 Hours of Mexico saw Porsche Team claim its second one-two finish in as many rounds of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, with the N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) securing top spot ahead of the N°1 sister prototype (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy). The N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids were third and fourth at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. 

 

 

The fifth round of the 2017 FIA WEC at the shortest (4.304km), highest (altitude: 2,250 metres) and twistiest venue of the season was dominated by the Porsche/Michelin prototypes.

The two 919 Hybrids started from the front row and soon pulled away from the chasing Toyotas before starting to catch the backmarkers after just eight minutes of action! Picking their way through the traffic, the German squad’s drivers managed to maintain their advantage as they stuck to a strategy of double stints.

Shortly after the two-hour mark, the N°1 Porsche was handed a drive-through penalty for pit-lane speeding and it was this incident that essentially handed the win to Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley in the N°2 car which was accredited with the day’s fastest lap (1m25.730s).

Toyota completed the distance in third and fourth spots, one lap back, with Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima (N°8) and Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (N°7).

In LM GTE Pro, the N°71 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Sam Bird and Davide Rigon ended up second after claiming pole position and leading for 187 of the day’s 209 laps. A 10-second penalty sufficed to hand the win to the N°95 Aston Martin (Thiim/Sorensen), however. The N°91 Porsche 911 RSR/Michelin of Lietz/Makowiecki thwarted the Ford GTs in the scrap for the podium’s third step.

The LMP2 battle saw Vaillante Rebellion claim its maiden success, ahead of the N°31 Oreca (Senna/Canal/Prost) which led for the first half of the race. The challenge for podium honours of Manor Racing’s N°24 prototype was frustrated when it was beaten to third by the N°36 Alpine.

The N°77 Porsche (Ried/Cairoli/Dienst) collected its second straight LM GTE Am victory, ahead of the N°98 Aston Martin and N°88 Porsche.

The next round of the championship will take teams to the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, USA, in two weeks’ time.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso reaps Silverstone honours

The Octo British Grand Prix – Round 12 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) who is the new Riders’ standings leader. Second and third at Silverstone were Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Silverstone-bound

The MotoGPTM World Championship caravan travels to Silverstone this weekend for the year’s twelfth clash: the Octo British Grand Prix. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) tops the provisional standings, 16 points clear of second-placed Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). 

FIA WRC

First Germany triumph for Ford/Michelin

Ott Tanak collected the second win of his WRC career and earned Ford/M-Sport’s maiden ADAC Rallye Deutschland victory today in Germany. Third place behind Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën/Michelin) enabled Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) to recover the Drivers’ championship lead from Thierry Neuville. Pontus Tidemand (Skoda/Michelin) is the 2017 WRC2 world champion.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso grabs Austria success

The NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Round 11 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) claim his third win of the season. The Italian was follow over the line at the Red Bull Ring by Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. 

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