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.

FIA WRC

WRC: Neuville claims Argentina win by 7/10ths of a second!

Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) won the 2017 Rally Argentina by the margin of just seven-tenths of a second to beat Welshman Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) after 357.59km of competitive action! Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was third.

FIA WRC

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: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 

FIA Formula E

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.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: next stop Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti. 

FIA Formula E

Monaco ePrix: Buemi beats di Grassi in the Principality

Pole-winner Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) led from lights-out to the flag in Monaco to claim his fourth ePrix win of the 2016/2017 season. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) were second and third.

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