FIA WRC

Rally Mexico produces the 2017 WRC’s third winner!

Following in the slipstream of Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala, who took the spoils in Monte Carlo and Sweden respectively, Kris Meeke clinched the top prize in Mexico on Sunday at the wheel of his Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin. Ogier (Ford/Michelin) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) joined the Briton on the podium.

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Sweden glory for Toyota/Michelin

Toyota followed up its Rallye Monte Carlo podium finish in January with outright victory in Sweden today to celebrate its return to the FIA World Rally Championship. Jari-Matti Latvala topped the final order ahead of Ford M-Sport/Michelin’s Ott Tanak and Sébastien Ogier, while Skoda/Michelin ended up on top again in WRC2.

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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: Qatar to kick off 2017 world championship

After a memorable 2016 campaign, which saw nine different riders win races as Michelin returned to the series following a seven-year absence, the first fixture of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship (March 23-26) will take teams to Losail, near Doha, in the middle of the Qatari desert. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP Off Season Show visits Michelin

Michelin invites the MotoGP Off Season Show to construct its very own tyre and discover the intricacies inside that round piece of rubber.

FIA Formula E

Buenos Aires ePrix: Buemi’s hat-trick

Saturday’s Buenos Aires ePrix saw Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) follow up his recent successes in Hong Kong and Marrakech with his third win on the trot, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) and Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport).

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Porsche vs Toyota in 2017

In addition to releasing the entry list for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has named the teams it has invited to take part in June’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin is targeting its 20th straight win in the celebrated French race (June 17-18).

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