FIA Formula E

Di Grassi and Renault e.dams secure 2016/2017 Formula E titles

The last meeting of the 2016/2017 Formula E Championship saw Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (Abt-Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Renault-e.dams/Michelin clinch the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles in Montreal, Canada.

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New York glory for DS Virgin!

The weekend’s two Formula E races in New York City were won by DS Virgin Racing/Michelin’s Sam Bird, which means the 2016/2017 Drivers’ and Teams’ titles will now go down to the wire at the season’s finale in Montreal, Canada, in two weeks’ time.

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FIA Formula E Championship: a landmark first in Marrakech

Morocco’s Marrakech ePrix on November 12, 2016, will be the first round of the FIA Formula E Championship to be held in Africa. The meeting coincides with the United Nations’ COP22 summit to provide a nice tie-in for Michelin’s sustainable mobility strategy and the spirit behind the world’s first all-electric single-seater motor racing series.

Following Formula E’s successful maiden visit to Hong Kong, attention now turns to Morocco’s historic Marrakech where the defending champion Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) stands out as favourite to win the championship’s first African fixture and add an eighth win to his personal record.

He is likely to face fierce opposition from second-placed Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) who produced a stunning comeback in Hong Kong to take his score to 14 Formula E podiums to date.

Some of the drivers benefit from previous knowledge of the city’s Moulay El Hassan circuit which has hosted World Touring Car Championship action since 2009. Their numbers include Quing Hua (Techeetah) and Argentina’s Jose Maria Lopez (DS Virgin Racing) who has even won there. The three-time WTCC champion started his debut Formula E race in Hong Kong from third on the grid.

Following its strong qualifying performance on the Chinese island, NEXTEV TCR appears to have cured its reliability issues which will no doubt boost team morale, not to mention Nelson Piquet Jr’s chances of a second title.

As the 14th venue to be visited by Formula E, Marrakech will be new terrain for the Michelin Pilot Sport EV2. This 2.97km semi-permanent track in the city’s popular Agdal district features 12 turns and runs along Mohamed VI Avenue which was entirely facelifted earlier this year. It is also the longest circuit to be visited by the competition after Beijing in 2015.

The ePrix will take place to the backdrop of COP22 (November 7-18, 2016) which makes it a particularly symbolic race, especially since the FIA Formula E Championship is an official partner of the UN climate conference. The meeting will consequently provide Michelin Motorsport and the organisers of motor racing’s first international all-electric single-seater championship with an opportunity to showcase the numerous technology breakthroughs the competition has spawned in favour of sustainable mobility.

The two free practice sessions will take place on the morning of Saturday, November 12 (8am and 10:30am), followed by qualifying at noon. The race itself will start at 4pm local time.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Onward to Phillip Island for the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Less than a week after Japan, the MotoGPTM World Championship is off to Phillip Island this weekend for Round 16, the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has closed to within 11 points of provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Sunday’s race promises to play another big role in the thrilling scrap between the two men.

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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.

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MotoGP: Dovizioso triumphs in Motegi rain

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) overcame heavy rain to win Round 15 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.

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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 15), 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. 

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