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.


New look for world class endurance racing

Created in 2012, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is to undergo significant changes from next season when the series will straddle two calendar years (2018/2019) and conclude with the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. The LMP1 cars will run to new technical regulations. As a participant in the FIA WEC since the outset, Michelin approves the latest moves.  


Porsche/Michelin enjoys Mexican fiesta

The 6 Hours of Mexico saw Porsche Team claim its second one-two finish in as many rounds of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, with the N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) securing top spot ahead of the N°1 sister prototype (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy). The N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids were third and fourth at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. 



The fifth round of the 2017 FIA WEC at the shortest (4.304km), highest (altitude: 2,250 metres) and twistiest venue of the season was dominated by the Porsche/Michelin prototypes.

The two 919 Hybrids started from the front row and soon pulled away from the chasing Toyotas before starting to catch the backmarkers after just eight minutes of action! Picking their way through the traffic, the German squad’s drivers managed to maintain their advantage as they stuck to a strategy of double stints.

Shortly after the two-hour mark, the N°1 Porsche was handed a drive-through penalty for pit-lane speeding and it was this incident that essentially handed the win to Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley in the N°2 car which was accredited with the day’s fastest lap (1m25.730s).

Toyota completed the distance in third and fourth spots, one lap back, with Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima (N°8) and Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (N°7).

In LM GTE Pro, the N°71 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Sam Bird and Davide Rigon ended up second after claiming pole position and leading for 187 of the day’s 209 laps. A 10-second penalty sufficed to hand the win to the N°95 Aston Martin (Thiim/Sorensen), however. The N°91 Porsche 911 RSR/Michelin of Lietz/Makowiecki thwarted the Ford GTs in the scrap for the podium’s third step.

The LMP2 battle saw Vaillante Rebellion claim its maiden success, ahead of the N°31 Oreca (Senna/Canal/Prost) which led for the first half of the race. The challenge for podium honours of Manor Racing’s N°24 prototype was frustrated when it was beaten to third by the N°36 Alpine.

The N°77 Porsche (Ried/Cairoli/Dienst) collected its second straight LM GTE Am victory, ahead of the N°98 Aston Martin and N°88 Porsche.

The next round of the championship will take teams to the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, USA, in two weeks’ time.


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. 


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. 


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: 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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