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.

FIA WRC

WRC: 13 rounds for 2017

The FIA World Council has confirmed the calendar for the 13-round 2017 World Rally Championship. The registered tyre manufacturers for the series are Michelin and DMack.

The same events as this year have been carried over for the 2017 season, while the Tour de Corse has been brought forward to April. The campaign will kick off with January’s Rallye Monte-Carlo and conclude in Australia next November. The prospect of rounds in China and Turkey did not materialise.

2017 WRC calendar

Monte-Carlo (January 18-22)

Sweden (February 9-12)

Mexico (March 9-12)

Tour de Corse (April 6-9)

Argentina (April 27-30)

Portugal (May 18-21)

Italy-Sardegna (June 8-11)

Finland (July 27-30)

Germany (August 17-20)

Spain (October 5-8)

Wales Rally GB (October 26-29)

Australia (November 16-19)

The start order system will change next season. Priority 1 drivers will start in championship order on Day 1, then in rally classification order on Days 2 and 3.

A WRC Trophy will be available to privateer drivers competing in pre-2017 World Rally Cars and the Junior-WRC will feature Ford Fiesta R2s provided by M-Sport.

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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