FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

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

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. 

The 2017 Rally Poland produced 11 changes at the top of the order, but Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul emerged in front on the 21st of the event’s 23 stages to clinch the weekend’s top prize.

Ott Tanak had just taken top spot thanks to a heroic effort in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin on SS20, but his bid ended when he clouted a tree on the following test.

The incident allowed Neuville to coast home to his fifth world class win – the third of his career, and his 25th WRC podium – to crown a fast, sure-footed effort that harvested nine stage victories to lead on five separate occasions.

The Belgian’s team-mate Paddon collected his first podium finish since last year’s Rally Poland to claim Hyundai Motorsport’s second one-two result since 2014. Ogier saved M-Sport’s weekend by securing third spot.

The 74th running of the Polish event, one of the sport’s longest-standing competitions, took place in horrendous conditions marked by treacherously slippery mud, notably on Friday and Sunday. Yet thanks to their soft-compound LTX Force S5 tyres, the French firm’s partners were able to reach speeds of around 120kph over the region’s fast but narrow dirt tracks!

Spain’s Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) ended up fourth, chased by fifth-placed Stéphane Lefebvre who was Citroën Racing’s best-placed finisher. Finnish youngster Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin), 23, posted a fastest stage time during his first outing in a World Rally Car which he nursed home to sixth overall.

After being halted by a technical problem while challenging for the victory on Saturday afternoon, Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) returned on the last day to win the Power Stage.

There was more one-two success for Skoda/Michelin in WRC2 thanks to Norway’s Ole-Christian Veiby, who won the class for the first time, and Skoda Motorsport factory driver Pontus Tidemand. Eric Camilli (Ford/Michelin) was third in RC2 but was not registered for the WRC2 battle.

Next round: Rally Finland (July 27-30).

MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez seals 2017 title as Pedrosa earns Valencia win

The 18th and final round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana (30 laps) – was won by Dani Pedrosa. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and the new world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) were second and third. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: all to play for at Valencia finale!

The last round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship will take teams to Valencia, Spain, for the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. The season’s finale will settle the title fight between Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)! 

FIA WEC

Toyota wins as Porsche/Michelin seals 2017 WEC crown

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin at the 6 Hours of Shanghai in the hands of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima did not prevent Porsche Team from securing a third straight FIA WEC title. The German squad’s Timo Bernard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber claimed the 2017 Drivers’ crown. 

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