FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

FIA WRC

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. 

FIA WRC

Sweden glory for Toyota/Michelin

Toyota followed up its Rallye Monte Carlo podium finish in January with outright victory in Sweden today to celebrate its return to the FIA World Rally Championship. Jari-Matti Latvala topped the final order ahead of Ford M-Sport/Michelin’s Ott Tanak and Sébastien Ogier, while Skoda/Michelin ended up on top again in WRC2.

Ahead of the 2017 Rally Sweden, Toyota’s most recent WRC win had been Rally China, in 1999, but today saw the Japanese firm open a new winning chapter in its history on what was only the second world class appearance of the Yaris WRC/Michelin.

Success for Latvala took the Finn’s personal score to 17 world class victories and his fourth in Sweden since 2008. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Ford M-Sport’s Ott Tanak and Sébastien Ogier who put him under significant pressure towards the end.

For Ogier, it was always going to be a tough struggle because of his unfavourable start order on Friday and Saturday, while Tanak’s bid took a blow due to an early gearbox issue, although he managed to power his way onto Friday evening’s provisional podium with three consecutive stage wins.

As in Monaco, the outcome was pretty much settled on the last stage of Day 2 when the early pace-setter Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) damaged his car on the Karlstad super-special while leading by the handsome margin of 43 seconds.

It was another difficult outing for Citroën-Total Abu Dhabi who saw Kris Meeke spend several minutes stuck in a snow bank after figuring inside the top five. His team-mate Craig Breen (C3 WRC/Michelin) reached the finish in fifth spot.

Skoda Motorsport and Michelin dominated in WRC2 again, this time with local star Pontus Tidemand who left Finn Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin) and Norway’s Ole-Christian Veiby (Skoda/Michelin) to battle for second and third places.

The weather was ideal all weekend, with negative temperatures and icy/snowy conditions in Norway’s Finnskog and Sweden’s Värmland regions.

Thanks to the outstanding grip delivered by his studded Michelin X-Ice North 3 tyres, Tanak established a new average speed record for a WRC stage after covering SS9 (31.60km) at an average of 137.8kph (previous record: 136.9kph/Poland/2014).

Latvala won one of the fastest ever Rally Swedens at an average speed of 115,4kph.

MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: all to play for at Valencia finale!

The last round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship will take teams to Valencia, Spain, for the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. The season’s finale will settle the title fight between Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)! 

FIA WEC

Toyota wins as Porsche/Michelin seals 2017 WEC crown

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin at the 6 Hours of Shanghai in the hands of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima did not prevent Porsche Team from securing a third straight FIA WEC title. The German squad’s Timo Bernard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber claimed the 2017 Drivers’ crown. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso takes Malaysia win!

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) collected his sixth success of the year with victory at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came second to notch up Ducati’s first one-two finish of the season, while Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was third. Fourth place for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) means the fight for the 2017 crown will be decided in Valence. 

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