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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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. 

A perfectly paced victory on Round 11 of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship will clearly have done Kris Meeke’s recently jaded confidence a world of good.

Leg 1 saw the Ulsterman put his recent difficult run behind him to bag provisional third at the end of the mixed-surface event’s day of gravel action.

The leader at this point, however, was none other than Andrea Mikkelsen. Hyundai/Michelin’s new signing led second-placed Ogier by 1.4 seconds at Friday evening’s service where teams were allocated an extra 30 minutes to convert their respective cars from gravel to asphalt trim for the remainder of the weekend.

Sébastien Ogier had been widely expected to take control at this point, but it was Meeke who stole the show instead. A surefooted display on the sealed-surface part of the event took him almost half-a-minute clear at the finish where he was understandably relieved to be back on the top step of the podium after a win-less spell that dated back to March’s Rally Mexico.

After the switch to asphalt, Mikkelsen failed to match his earlier pace and fell back several places, while Ogier – hard-pressed by Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) and Tanak – admitted that he believed Meeke was uncatchable as his thoughts turned maximising his title chances with a strong points finish.

His hopes of securing a fifth straight Drivers’ crown were boosted when chief rival Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) was delayed by a hydraulic issue and an accident on a road section on Saturday. The Belgian was then forced out for good after suffering further suspension damage on Sunday morning.

Ogier sits 37 points clear at the top of the provisional standings and his closest threat is now his own team-mate Ott Tanak whose third place in Catalunya has more or less handed the 2017 Manufacturers’ crown to M-Sport WRT/Michelin. The British outfit is only four points short of sealing the outcome and essentially needs to get both its cars to finish at the next round (Wales Rally GB) to claim its first title since 2007.

Juho Hanninen salvaged fourth place after a poor weekend for Toyota which lost Latvala on Friday (engine), then Lappi (accident) on the last day. Hyundai’s Dani Sordo was typically quick on home soil but an ‘off’ on Sunday dropped him to 15th at the flag, although he did recover to post the best time on the weekend’s Power Stage.

There was yet another all-Michelin top three in the WRC2 battle which was won this time by Teemu Suninen (Ford), ahead of Jan Kopecky (Skoda) and Mexico’s Benito Guerra (Skoda).

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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™: 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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