FIA WRC

Meeke bounces back in Spain for Citroën/Michelin

Citroën Racing’s Kris Meeke stemmed a recent barren spell with an emphatic victory on the 2017 RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España in his Michelin-equipped Citroën C3 WRC. The Ulsterman was followed over the line by M-Sport team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta WRC/Michelin) whose efforts took the British outfit a step closer to its first Manufacturers’ crown since 2007. 

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First Germany triumph for Ford/Michelin

Ott Tanak collected the second win of his WRC career and earned Ford/M-Sport’s maiden ADAC Rallye Deutschland victory today in Germany. Third place behind Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën/Michelin) enabled Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) to recover the Drivers’ championship lead from Thierry Neuville. Pontus Tidemand (Skoda/Michelin) is the 2017 WRC2 world champion.

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Hyundai/Michelin scores one-two finish in Poland

Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon overcame appalling conditions to earn a one-two result for Hyundai Motorsport in Poland. Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) finished on the podium to defend his position at the top of the WRC’s provisional Driver’s standings. 

The 2017 Rally Poland produced 11 changes at the top of the order, but Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul emerged in front on the 21st of the event’s 23 stages to clinch the weekend’s top prize.

Ott Tanak had just taken top spot thanks to a heroic effort in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin on SS20, but his bid ended when he clouted a tree on the following test.

The incident allowed Neuville to coast home to his fifth world class win – the third of his career, and his 25th WRC podium – to crown a fast, sure-footed effort that harvested nine stage victories to lead on five separate occasions.

The Belgian’s team-mate Paddon collected his first podium finish since last year’s Rally Poland to claim Hyundai Motorsport’s second one-two result since 2014. Ogier saved M-Sport’s weekend by securing third spot.

The 74th running of the Polish event, one of the sport’s longest-standing competitions, took place in horrendous conditions marked by treacherously slippery mud, notably on Friday and Sunday. Yet thanks to their soft-compound LTX Force S5 tyres, the French firm’s partners were able to reach speeds of around 120kph over the region’s fast but narrow dirt tracks!

Spain’s Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) ended up fourth, chased by fifth-placed Stéphane Lefebvre who was Citroën Racing’s best-placed finisher. Finnish youngster Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin), 23, posted a fastest stage time during his first outing in a World Rally Car which he nursed home to sixth overall.

After being halted by a technical problem while challenging for the victory on Saturday afternoon, Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) returned on the last day to win the Power Stage.

There was more one-two success for Skoda/Michelin in WRC2 thanks to Norway’s Ole-Christian Veiby, who won the class for the first time, and Skoda Motorsport factory driver Pontus Tidemand. Eric Camilli (Ford/Michelin) was third in RC2 but was not registered for the WRC2 battle.

Next round: Rally Finland (July 27-30).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: teams head east to Japan

MotoGPTM kicks off the Pacific-Asian leg of the 2017 world championship this weekend with the Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Round 14), the first of three back-to-back races along with Australia and Malaysia. Provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) stand out as the big favourites for this year’s title. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Honda’s Aragon one-two

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón – Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: off to Aragon

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, takes teams to Spain this weekend. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) are provisionally level at the top of the Riders’ standings.  

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Porsche and Michelin triumph in Texan heat

Porsche Team collected its third consecutive one-two finish in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship when Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley took the win at Austin, Texas, USA, in the N°2 919 Hybrid, ahead of the similar car of Jani/Lotterer/Tandy. The N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Calado/Per Guidi won the LM GTE class.

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