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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. 

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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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Rally Australia (WRC): Mikkelsen scores Volkswagen’s last win

Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jaeger won the final round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship to end Volkswagen Motorsport’s spell in the series on a high note. Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) made sure of the season’s runner-up honours in Australia, while Esapekka Lappi is the WRC2 champion in association with Skoda and Michelin.

 

 

After 225 competitive kilometres and two days of searing heat, Mikkelsen, Sébastien Ogier and Haydon Paddon were split by just 12s ahead of Rally Australia’s final day.

The definitive order was essentially settled on SS20 (Bucca, 31.90km) when Paddon (4th, Hyundai/Michelin) hit a bank and Sébastien Ogier (2nd, VW/Michelin) span with the finish in sight.

After that, Mikkelsen was able to freewheel to Volkswagen’s last WRC victory and its 43rd with the VW Polo R WRC/Michelin since 2013. Despite his win, the Norwegian was forced to settle for third place in the 2016 Drivers’ championship since Paddon’s mistake on SS20 allowed Neuville to steal third overall in Australia and second place behind Ogier in the Drivers’ standings.

“I loved the last stage in the VW Polo R WRC/Michelin. I would like to thank everyone in the team for these four fabulous years,” announced Ogier after winning one last Power Stage with VW.

The thrilling battle for fifth place between Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin), who took a 20-second penalty on Day 1, and Mads Ostberg (Ford/Michelin) ended in the Spaniard’s favour on SS20 when the Norwegian was hampered by dust in his cockpit.

Skoda Motorsport and Michelin sealed the WRC2 crown with Finn Esapekka Lappi who topped the class in Australia, ahead of Nicolas Fuchs (Skoda) and Hubert Ptaszek (Peugeot/Michelin). His main title threats Teemu Suninen and Elfyn Evans did not make the trip to New South Wales.

Rally Australia was the final outing of the current-generation World Rally Cars which first appeared in 2011. They will be succeeded by faster, more spectacular cars when WRC action resumes with the 2017 Rallye Monte-Carlo on January 18-22.

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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