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Hyundai/Michelin’s Sordo wins the day in Sardinia

Dani Sordo’s 163rd world class start saw the 36-year old Spaniard claim the second WRC win of his career at the 2019 Rally Italia Sardegna, one of the championship’s most punishing tests of tyres. Ott Tänak led until a power-steering problem delayed him on the week’s final stage, which allowed Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin) and Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai/Michelin) to clinch second and third places. Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda/Michelin) topped the WRC2 Pro order once again.

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Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

After Juha Kankkunen’s domination of the 1994 Rally de Portugal in a Michelin FB-equipped Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD, Ott Tänak followed in the Finn’s footsteps this weekend by taking an assertive victory on the same event in a Toyota Yaris WRC competing on Michelin LTX Force tyres to provide a further illustration of the French brand’s ‘long-lasting performance’ pledge.

As ground temperatures soared to as high as 45°C, the seventh round of the 2019 FIA WRC turned out to be a closely-fought affair and the provisional top-four – comprising Tänak, Meeke, Neuville and Ogier – was split by just 21 seconds going into the final day.

Tänak overcame the handicap of running second on the road on Day 1 to appear in front at close-of-play Friday, before going on to collect his third win of the campaign, and his second in a row after Chile.

Former Portugal victors Kris Meeke (Toyota/Michelin) and Thierry Neuville battled hard for second spot which fell into the Belgian’s lap when the Ulsterman span on the penultimate test and crashed out for good on the Power Stage.

Runner-up honours for Neuville saved Hyundai Motorsport’s otherwise hapless week which saw both Sébastien Loeb and Dani Sordo lose time on SS3, at which point the Spaniard was in the lead.

Ogier lost ground on the opening leg when he was first in the start order but recovered to bag third overall, ahead of Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin) who gained a place following the retirement of fellow Finn Esapekka Lappi (Citroën/Michelin) on Sunday morning. Elfyn Evans (Ford/Michelin) rounded out the top five despite dropping several minutes early on with an electrical problem.

The brand new Michelin Latitude Cross-equipped Skoda Fabia R5 Evo marked its WRC debut with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro in the hands of factory drivers Rovanperä and Kopecky. Frenchman Pierre-Louis Loubet (Skoda Fabia R5/Michelin) won the WRC2 class.

The 2019 FIA WRC’s next stop is Rally Italia Sardegna (June 14-16), one of the roughest rounds of the season.

* Toyota and Michelin won the Rally de Portugal in 1996 (Madeira) and 2002 (Auriol), but the event did not count towards the WRC those years.

2019 Rally de Portugal – final positions:

1, Tänak/Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC), 3h20m22.8s

2, Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +15.9s

3, Ogier/Ingrassia (Citroën C3 WRC), +57.1s

4, Suninen/Salminen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +2m41.5s

5, Evans/Martin (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +7m8.3s

6, Rovanperä/Halttunen (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo) (1st, WRC2 Pro), +10m34.2s

7, Kopecky/Dresler (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo), +11m41.9s

8, Latvala/Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC), +13m6.7s

Etc.

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Vergne scores second straight Formula E crown!

DS Techeetah/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the 2019 New York City E-Prix as the first driver in Formula E history to claim the title twice. The Frenchman successfully defended his 2017/2018 crown after the weekend’s doubleheader meeting in New York City, USA, which produced wins for Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin). DS Techeetah/Michelin is Season 5’s Teams’ champion.

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MotoGP: Marquez in control at the Sachsenring

Since the start of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has failed to go two consecutive races without winning. This weekend, true to form, the Spaniard bounced back from his Netherlands defeat to score an assertive victory at Germany’s Sachsenring where he was joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol).

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MotoGP™: Viñales and Yamaha hit top form at Assen

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