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Neuville beats Ogier by seven-tenths of a second in Sardinia!

The provisional world championship pace-setter Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) came out on top of his hypnotising duel with five-time champ Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) to win the 2018 Rally Italia Sardegna by seven-tenths of a second. Esapekka Lappi was third for Toyota/Michelin.

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Finland’s Esapekka Lappi strikes first WRC gold!

The 2017 Rally Finland was won by homegrown rising star Esapekka Lappi (Toyota/Michelin). He finished clear of Briton Elfyn Evans (Ford) and compatriot Juho Hänninen to claim his first world class success. Toyota took its 45th WRC victory.

Unsettled for several years by non-Nordic rivals, Flying Finns were the dominant force on their home round of the 2017 WRC. Halfway into Leg 1 of the 65th ‘Jyväskylä Grand Prix’, four local drivers effectively monopolised the top four places for the first time since 2004!

That said, their bid was aided by the early misadventures of Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin), Hayden Paddon (Hyundai/Michelin) and Ott Tanak (Ford/Michelin).

A series of four straight stage wins saw Jari-Matti Latvala ease ahead of fellow Toyota/Michelin driver Lappi on Saturday morning but he was then betrayed by mechanical woes on the infamous Ouninpohja test (SS19). The event’s three-time victor nonetheless collected the weekend’s highest number of fastest times.

After recovering first place, Lappi, 26, controlled from in front to score his first ever WRC win on the same event where he made his championship debut in 2011. He completed the distance at an average speed of 127kph to make the 2017 Rally Finland the fastest round in WRC history. Lappi is the 15th Finn to win a WRC event despite driving a World Rally Car for only the fourth time.

A furious battle developed in his wake for the other podium steps between compatriots Hänninen (3rd, Toyota/Michelin) and Teemu Suninen (4th, Ford/Michelin), and Evans (2nd, Ford).

Suninen, who was contesting his second outing in a World Rally Car, cracked under pressure on the penultimate stage, leaving his fellow challengers split by less than a second at the start of the Power Stage. The Welshman went on to clinch silver, three-tenths clear of Hänninen who made it two Toyotas in the top three.

The Yaris WRC/Michelin, which was designed and developed close to Jyväskylä, was fastest on 18 of the 25 stages, while the Japanese make notched up its 20th WRC success on Michelin rubber.

Ireland’s Craig Breen (Citroën/Michelin) was fifth, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin), the new Drivers’ standings leader, level on points with Ogier. The WRC2 contest was won by Jari Huttunen (Skoda/Michelin), the young protégé of ex-world champion Marcus Grönholm.

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Vergne and Audi Sport secure 2017/2018 titles with Michelin

The New York City E-Prix saw Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin claim the 2017/2018 FIA ABB Formula E Drivers’ and Teams’ titles. Season 5 will kick off in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, on December 15 when the championship’s new-generation all-electric single-seaters will race for the first time on equally new Michelin tyres.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez (Repsol Honda Team / Michelin), King of the ‘Ring

The 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship’s trip to Germany saw Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) collect his ninth straight win at the Sachsenring and his sixth there in motorcycle racing’s premier series, all from pole position. The Spaniard was joined on the Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland podium by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. 

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