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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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.

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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.

Ahead of the 2017 Rally Sweden, Toyota’s most recent WRC win had been Rally China, in 1999, but today saw the Japanese firm open a new winning chapter in its history on what was only the second world class appearance of the Yaris WRC/Michelin.

Success for Latvala took the Finn’s personal score to 17 world class victories and his fourth in Sweden since 2008. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Ford M-Sport’s Ott Tanak and Sébastien Ogier who put him under significant pressure towards the end.

For Ogier, it was always going to be a tough struggle because of his unfavourable start order on Friday and Saturday, while Tanak’s bid took a blow due to an early gearbox issue, although he managed to power his way onto Friday evening’s provisional podium with three consecutive stage wins.

As in Monaco, the outcome was pretty much settled on the last stage of Day 2 when the early pace-setter Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) damaged his car on the Karlstad super-special while leading by the handsome margin of 43 seconds.

It was another difficult outing for Citroën-Total Abu Dhabi who saw Kris Meeke spend several minutes stuck in a snow bank after figuring inside the top five. His team-mate Craig Breen (C3 WRC/Michelin) reached the finish in fifth spot.

Skoda Motorsport and Michelin dominated in WRC2 again, this time with local star Pontus Tidemand who left Finn Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin) and Norway’s Ole-Christian Veiby (Skoda/Michelin) to battle for second and third places.

The weather was ideal all weekend, with negative temperatures and icy/snowy conditions in Norway’s Finnskog and Sweden’s Värmland regions.

Thanks to the outstanding grip delivered by his studded Michelin X-Ice North 3 tyres, Tanak established a new average speed record for a WRC stage after covering SS9 (31.60km) at an average of 137.8kph (previous record: 136.9kph/Poland/2014).

Latvala won one of the fastest ever Rally Swedens at an average speed of 115,4kph.

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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