Finland’s Esapekka Lappi strikes first WRC gold!

The 2017 Rally Finland was won by homegrown rising star Esapekka Lappi (Toyota/Michelin). He finished clear of Briton Elfyn Evans (Ford) and compatriot Juho Hänninen to claim his first world class success. Toyota took its 45th WRC victory.


Hyundai/Michelin scores one-two finish in Poland

Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon overcame appalling conditions to earn a one-two result for Hyundai Motorsport in Poland. Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) finished on the podium to defend his position at the top of the WRC’s provisional Driver’s standings. 


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.

After securing his first world class win on dirt earlier this summer in Sardinia, Ott Tanak was back on the top step of the podium today after the all-asphalt Rallye Deutschland.

The M-Sport driver laid the foundations for his success when he chose Michelin’s FW3 ‘full wet’ tyre for Friday afternoon’s downpour in the Mosel Valley vineyards. This rain tyre has been available since 2016, but it was the first time it had been used competitively and it helped the Estonian youngster to complete Leg 1 in front, tailed by Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën/Michelin) who had opted for the same choice.

Tanak went on to defend top spot on Saturday and Sunday – which both enjoyed milder weather, despite threatening clouds – as the rally switched to the Baumholder army ranges and Germany’s Saarland region.

He was joined on the final podium by team-mate Ogier (3rd) who has reappeared at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings with three rounds remaining, 17 points clear of Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) who was delayed by suspension damage on Saturday.

Andreas Mikkelsen bagged an excellent second place on only his third outing in a C3 WRC/Michelin, but it was another nightmare outing for fellow Citroën driver Kris Meeke who was eliminated from contention when he clipped a kerb on Thursday evening’s SS1 (Saarbrücken super-special).

It wasn’t an easy week for Hyundai Motorsport, either. In addition to Neuville’s woes, Dani Sordo crashed on Leg 1 and M-Sport – which was chasing its first ever Rallye Deutschland victory – has appreciably extended its lead in the Manufacturers’ title chase.

There was an interesting fight until the end for the other top places between Juho Hanninen (Toyota/Michelin), Craig Breen (Citroën/Michelin) and Elfyn Evans (Ford) who came fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) was delayed by an engine misfire on Day 1 and had to settle for seventh overall.

Sweden’s Pontus Tidemand and Skoda Motorsport/Michelin sealed this year’s WRC2 crowns, although the class was topped in Germany by Frenchman Eric Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5/Michelin). Early leader Jan Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5/Michelin) from the Czech Republic was second.


MotoGP: Dovizioso grabs Austria success

The NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Round 11 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) claim his third win of the season. The Italian was follow over the line at the Red Bull Ring by Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. 


MotoGP: onwards to Austria

Next weekend sees the MotoGPTM world move on from last Sunday’s Czech Republic clash to neighbouring Austria’s Red Bull Ring for Round 11, the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich. 


MotoGP: Marquez masterstroke at Brno

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) followed up his domination of Friday’s free practice with pole position and, ultimately, victory at the Monster Energy Grand Prix České Republiky, Round 10 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. His team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) were second and third at Brno. 


MotoGP: action to resume in the Czech Republic

After the four-week summer break, the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship resumes this weekend with Round 10 – the Monster Energy Grand Prix České Republiky – at Brno. 

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