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

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.

FIA WRC

WRC: 13 rounds for 2017

The FIA World Council has confirmed the calendar for the 13-round 2017 World Rally Championship. The registered tyre manufacturers for the series are Michelin and DMack.

The same events as this year have been carried over for the 2017 season, while the Tour de Corse has been brought forward to April. The campaign will kick off with January’s Rallye Monte-Carlo and conclude in Australia next November. The prospect of rounds in China and Turkey did not materialise.

2017 WRC calendar

Monte-Carlo (January 18-22)

Sweden (February 9-12)

Mexico (March 9-12)

Tour de Corse (April 6-9)

Argentina (April 27-30)

Portugal (May 18-21)

Italy-Sardegna (June 8-11)

Finland (July 27-30)

Germany (August 17-20)

Spain (October 5-8)

Wales Rally GB (October 26-29)

Australia (November 16-19)

The start order system will change next season. Priority 1 drivers will start in championship order on Day 1, then in rally classification order on Days 2 and 3.

A WRC Trophy will be available to privateer drivers competing in pre-2017 World Rally Cars and the Junior-WRC will feature Ford Fiesta R2s provided by M-Sport.

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.  

FIA WEC

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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