FIA WRC

FIA WRC - Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

All you need to know about the Rally Mexico, 3rd round of the World Rally Championship and first round of the season on the gravel.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

FIA WRC

Tänak triumphs for Toyota/Michelin in Sweden

Rally Sweden – Round 2 of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship – was won by Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin), ahead of Esapekka Lappi (Citroën/Michelin) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin). The new Michelin X-Ice North NA01 dominated the WRC2 Pro and WRC2 orders with Mads Ostberg (Citroën) and Ole-Christian Veiby (Volkswagen) respectively.

FIA WRC

Ogier claims fifth Rally Mexico win

The 2019 Rally Mexico saw Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin) win the North American event for the fifth team to become the first driver to reach the score of 2,000 World Rally Championship points. Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin) and Elfyn Evans (Ford/Michelin) pocketed the silver and bronze medals, while Skoda/Michelin collected a one-two finish in WRC2.

Ogier dominated the 15th Rally Mexico to count towards the WRC, aided by the fact that – for once – he had less ‘road sweeping’ to do on Day 1 because he was third on the road. That helped him to post four fastest stage times and complete Friday’s action in front.

The next day, with the exception of a brief appearance of Toyota’s Kris Meeke at the top of the leaderboard, the Frenchman successfully defended his advantage and went on to take his fifth Rally Mexico victory which have been achieved in three different cars, but all on Michelin rubber. The Frenchman also collected the five Power Stage bonus points up for grabs in addition to chalking up Citroën’s eighth win on the event from 15 starts.

After the recent wintry Rally Sweden, crews faced a suffocating cocktail of dust and heat in Mexico, with ground temperatures peaking at almost 50°C in the mountains near Leon. The factory drivers essentially chose the medium-compound Michelin LTX Force M6 for the morning’s loops before switching to the harder LTX Force H4 for the afternoon runs.

There were several cases of damaged wheel rims due to the many stones that carpeted the stages, but Michelin’s tyres had the situation covered and no drivers were forced to stop and change a wheel mid-stage.

The gruelling conditions took their toll on many of the WRC runners in other ways, however, with Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin), Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai/Michelin), Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) and Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) all in trouble on Day 1, while Esapekka Lappi (Citroën/Michelin) and Kris Meeke (Toyota/Michelin) lost ground on the second leg.

Tänak overcame the handicap of running first on the road on Friday to reach third place by Saturday evening, 2.2s short of Evans. Sunday’s action saw their battle turn in the Estonian’s favour, while Hyundai/Michelin’s Thierry Neuville finished just shy of the podium.

The top five was rounded out by Meeke, ahead of WRC2 victor and local hero Benito Guerra (Skoda/Michelin). Michelin secured a one-two finish in the category thanks to Bolivian Marco Bulacia who was also driving a Skoda Fabia R5.

The next round of the WRC will bring teams back to Europe for the Tour de Corse, France, on March 28-31.

Final positions – 2019 Rally Mexico

1. Ogier/Ingrassia (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin),

2. Tänak/Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin)

3. Evans/Martin (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin)

4. Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin)

5. Meeke/Marshall (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin)

6. Guerra/Zapata (Skoda Fabia R5/Michelin)

7. Bulacia/Cretu (Skoda Fabia R5/Michelin)

8. Latvala/Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin)

9. Sordo/Del Barrio (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin)

10. Trivino/Marti (Skoda Fabia R5)

Etc.

MOTOGP™

MotoGPTM: Qatar glory for Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati)

In a repeat to the start of last season’s campaign, Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) won the opening round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship at Losail, Qatar. The night-time race kept fans enthralled from start to finish and the Italian’s margin at the flag was a mere 23-thousandths of a second over defending champion Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was third. 

FIA Formula E

Mortara wins 50th Formula E race with Michelin

Formula E’s 50th e-prix since the championship’s creation in 2014 was won by Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E Team/Michelin). Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) was first past the flag in Hong Kong but fell back to sixth after being handed a post-finish, five-second penalty. Second and third were Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing).  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - VisitQatar Grand Prix - Racecard

All you ever wanted to know about the VisitQatar Grand Prix, first round of the 2019 season.Click on the photo to donwload the racecard.

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ABB FIA Formula E - 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix - Racecard

All you need to know about the 50th E-Prix, the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix, 5th round of the 2018/2019 season.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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