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

Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

A fifth Rally de Portugal victory for Sébastien Ogier has taken the Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin star’s personal tally to 40 world class wins and level with Markku Alèn as the event’s most successful driver. The Frenchman has also established a new record for the highest number of WRC points scored at this level. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin rivals Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

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Rally Australia (WRC): Mikkelsen scores Volkswagen’s last win

Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jaeger won the final round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship to end Volkswagen Motorsport’s spell in the series on a high note. Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) made sure of the season’s runner-up honours in Australia, while Esapekka Lappi is the WRC2 champion in association with Skoda and Michelin.

 

 

After 225 competitive kilometres and two days of searing heat, Mikkelsen, Sébastien Ogier and Haydon Paddon were split by just 12s ahead of Rally Australia’s final day.

The definitive order was essentially settled on SS20 (Bucca, 31.90km) when Paddon (4th, Hyundai/Michelin) hit a bank and Sébastien Ogier (2nd, VW/Michelin) span with the finish in sight.

After that, Mikkelsen was able to freewheel to Volkswagen’s last WRC victory and its 43rd with the VW Polo R WRC/Michelin since 2013. Despite his win, the Norwegian was forced to settle for third place in the 2016 Drivers’ championship since Paddon’s mistake on SS20 allowed Neuville to steal third overall in Australia and second place behind Ogier in the Drivers’ standings.

“I loved the last stage in the VW Polo R WRC/Michelin. I would like to thank everyone in the team for these four fabulous years,” announced Ogier after winning one last Power Stage with VW.

The thrilling battle for fifth place between Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin), who took a 20-second penalty on Day 1, and Mads Ostberg (Ford/Michelin) ended in the Spaniard’s favour on SS20 when the Norwegian was hampered by dust in his cockpit.

Skoda Motorsport and Michelin sealed the WRC2 crown with Finn Esapekka Lappi who topped the class in Australia, ahead of Nicolas Fuchs (Skoda) and Hubert Ptaszek (Peugeot/Michelin). His main title threats Teemu Suninen and Elfyn Evans did not make the trip to New South Wales.

Rally Australia was the final outing of the current-generation World Rally Cars which first appeared in 2011. They will be succeeded by faster, more spectacular cars when WRC action resumes with the 2017 Rallye Monte-Carlo on January 18-22.

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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