FIA WEC

One-two glory for Toyota/Michelin in Fuji downpour

In a repeat scenario of 2013, this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round seven of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – was marked by torrential rain. The appalling weather didn’t prevent the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids from monopolising the top two positions, however, while the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin came up trumps in LM GTE Pro.

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.

FIA WEC

6 Hours of Bahrain (WEC): titles to settle and farewells to bid

The last round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship will settle the LM P1 Drivers’ championship, as well as all this season’s GT titles. It will also be Audi’s swansong appearance in prototype racing.

The 2016 6 Hours of Bahrain will be Audi’s 186th and last prototype endurance race. To date, the German make has notched up no fewer than 106 victories in the discipline, all with Michelin. The race’s entry for the Sakhir fixture features two Audi R18s, for Tréluyer/Fässler/Lotterer (N°7) and Duval/di Grassi/Jarvis (N°8).

They will face opposition from Porsche which has already secured the Manufacturers’ crown. Only the Drivers’ title has yet to be settled between the trio in command of the N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Dumas/Lieb/Jani, who have led since the season’s curtain raiser at Silverstone) and the crew of the N°6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin (Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi). The gap stands at 17 points and the Japanese team boasts two previous Bahrain wins.

Both Porsche Team and Toyota Gazoo Racing will be able to count on the assistance of their second cars (N°1 Porsche/Michelin, Hartley/Webber/Bernhard / N°5 Toyota/Michelin, Davidson/Buemi/Nakajima) when they finalise their respective race strategies for Saturday.

All the LM GTE trophies remain to be attributed, too. In the chase for this year’s GT Drivers’ honours, Marco Sorensen and Nicky Thiim (Aston Martin) are 12 points clear of Rigon and Bird (Ferrari/Michelin), with Ford/Michelin’s Pla/Mücke a further nine points short. In the Manufacturers’ battle, Ferrari leads by 10 points over Aston Martin whose N°95 car tops the Teams’ classification, two points ahead of the N°67 Ford/Michelin. In LM GTE Am, the N°83 Ferrari/Michelin of Perrodo/Collard/Aguas needs a single point to secure the top prize.

The season’s final clash will start at 4pm local time and finish after sunset. Sakhir (5.412km) is a unique circuit and an ‘extreme’ challenge – a little like Sebring – with high temperatures and low grip due to sand blown onto the track. It is also hard on the brakes, which can have a knock-on effect on tyres. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso triumphs in Motegi rain

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) overcame heavy rain to win Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Motegi, Japan. The Italian clinched the victory last time around to beat Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and close the gap to 11 points in the title chase. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) was third.

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. 

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. 

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). 

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