FIA WRC

Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

A fifth Rally de Portugal victory for Sébastien Ogier has taken the Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin star’s personal tally to 40 world class wins and level with Markku Alèn as the event’s most successful driver. The Frenchman has also established a new record for the highest number of WRC points scored at this level. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin rivals Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

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WRC: Neuville claims Argentina win by 7/10ths of a second!

Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) won the 2017 Rally Argentina by the margin of just seven-tenths of a second to beat Welshman Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) after 357.59km of competitive action! Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was third.

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Rally Mexico produces the 2017 WRC’s third winner!

Following in the slipstream of Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala, who took the spoils in Monte Carlo and Sweden respectively, Kris Meeke clinched the top prize in Mexico on Sunday at the wheel of his Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin. Ogier (Ford/Michelin) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) joined the Briton on the podium.

After Ogier’s Rallye Monte-Carlo triumph in the new Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin, Jari-Matti Latvala notched up the Michelin-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC’s maiden WRC success in Sweden. Rally Mexico saw Britons Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle claim the season’s first gravel fixture in the new Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin to earn the French firm’s 97th world class victory. The season’s first three rounds have now been won by three different drivers representing three different makes.

Rally Mexico kicked off on Thursday evening with a spectacular super-special around Mexico City’s Plaza de Zocalo where the opening scenes of the last James Bond movie were shot. Unfortunately, the convoy of trucks commissioned to haul the rally cars back to the rally’s base in Leon was delayed by traffic congestion and the organisers were compelled to cancel Friday morning’s two stages.

Friday afternoon saw Citroën’s Kris Meeke take advantage of his late running order to post the best time on the weekend’s longest test (El Chocolate, SS4/54.9km) and pull out an early lead. After that, the Briton produced a perfectly-paced run to clinch the fourth WRC win of his career, despite a scary moment on the Power Stage.

Handicapped by having to run second on the road on Friday and Saturday, the event’s three-time victor Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin, +138s) bagged second place on Sunday afternoon, ahead of the Power Stage winner Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin). Ott Tanak (Ford/Michelin) and Hayden Paddon (Hyundai/Michelin) were third and fourth. The three Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC drivers suffered from a fuel filter problem on Friday evening and Dani Sordo was notably delayed.

Unusually, Rally Mexico was marked by stormy weather and relatively cold temperatures. As a result, Michelin’s partners tended to favour the new, soft-compound LTX Force S5 which is more consistent and resistant to wear than its predecessor and consequently bettered suited to the powerful, latest-generation World Rally Cars. It was the preferred choice for the morning loops and was used in association with the harder LTX Force H4 on the afternoon stages.

The WRC2 class produced a thrilling scrap between Pontus Tidemand (Skoda/Michelin) and Eric Camilli (Ford/Michelin) who started the final leg split by just two seconds. The win ended up in the hands of the young Swede who celebrated Skoda Motorsport’s third victory from three rounds.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 

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Paris ePrix: Buemi triumphs in French capital

Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) followed up his victory in Monaco last week with another at Saturday’s Paris ePrix, ahead of Lopez and Heidfeld. A mistake by rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) helped him to comfort his cushion at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: next stop Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti. 

FIA Formula E

Monaco ePrix: Buemi beats di Grassi in the Principality

Pole-winner Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) led from lights-out to the flag in Monaco to claim his fourth ePrix win of the 2016/2017 season. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) were second and third.

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