FIA WEC

6 Hours of Bahrain (WEC): Audi/Michelin bows out with 1-2 finish

Audi produced a one-two finish in Bahrain to mark its final prototype endurance racing appearance. The race was won by the N°8 R18 (Duval/Di Grassi/Jarvis) ahead of the N°7 sister car (Tréluyer/Lotterer/Fässler). Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb are the 2016 FIA WEC Drivers’ champions, while Ferrari/Michelin won the GT Manufacturers World Cup.

FIA WEC

6 Hours of Bahrain (WEC): titles to settle and farewells to bid

The last round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship will settle the LM P1 Drivers’ championship, as well as all this season’s GT titles. It will also be Audi’s swansong appearance in prototype racing.

FIA WEC

Toyota/Michelin wins Silverstone WEC opener

Toyota Gazoo Racing and Michelin won Great Britain’s 6 Hours of Silverstone for the second time after their maiden victory there together in 2014. First past the flag was the N°8 TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima, which finished clear of the N°2 (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) and N°1 (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) Porsches. Michelin won all three of the classes in which it was represented.

 

The sixth FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) kicked off on Easter Sunday with a field of 27 cars for the 2017 6 Hours of Silverstone.

The new Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids dominated qualifying to monopolise the grid’s front row, with the N°7 car (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) earning the Japanese firm’s first WEC pole position since the 2014 Fuji race.

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The two Toyotas got away to a strong start, chased by the two Porsche 919 Hybrids, but the N°7 prototype was soon delayed by a rear antiroll bar problem. At the halfway point, the N°8 Toyota led as rain swept over the Northamptonshire track.

On Lap 116, Pechito Lopez crashed badly in the N°7 car following a repeat antiroll bar issue. The ensuing safety car period bunched up the gaps at the sharp end and Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima’s 40-second advantage was wiped out.

With 47 minutes remaining, the N°8 Toyota made its final refuelling stop, imitated 20 minutes later by the N°2 Porsche which only needed a ‘splash ‘n dash’ and was consequently able to re-join in front.

The Japanese machine’s aerodynamic package was better suited to Silverstone, however, and Buemi lost no time catching the German car before reclaiming top spot with 12 minutes to go. The Swiss driver ended up crossing the line with a winning margin of 6.173s after 1,162 kilometres.

The LM GTE Pro victory went to the class’s pole-winning N°67 Ford GT/Michelin (Priaulx/Tincknell/Derani) which took the spoils ahead of the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin (Pier Giudi/Calado) and N°91 Porsche/Michelin (Lietz/Makowiecki). The N°66 Ford and the N°71 Ferrari made it an all-Michelin top five.

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In LM GTE Am, the Clearwater Racing-run N°61 Ferrari/Michelin (Mok/Sawa/Griffin) took the top prize, ahead of the N°98 Aston Martin, despite a collision between the cars a few corners before the finish. The LM P2 victor was China’s Jackie Chan DC Racing outfit (N°38 Oreca07-Gibson), ahead of the N°31 Vaillante-Rebellion and N°28 TDS Racing prototypes.

Next round: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (May 6).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: off to Austin!

After visiting Qatar and Argentina, the MotoGPTM World Championship travels to the Circuit of the Americas, near Austin, Texas, USA, for round three of the 2017 season: the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: a second straight win for Viñales

The winner of the second round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, was Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who also won the season’s recent opener in Qatar. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) were second and third in South America. 

FIA WRC

Neuville claims Corsica win for Hyundai/Michelin

Thierry Neuville earned a handsome victory for Hyundai Motorsport in Corsica to become the fourth different winner of a WRC round from four starts this year. Michelin’s score on the Mediterranean island now stands at 25 outright victories with 11 different makes since the championship’s creation in 1973.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: next stop Argentina

After the season’s opener in Qatar, the MotoGPTM teams and riders are in Argentina this weekend for Round 2 of the 2017 world championship at Termas de Río Hondo.

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