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. 

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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.

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Sweden glory for Toyota/Michelin

Toyota followed up its Rallye Monte Carlo podium finish in January with outright victory in Sweden today to celebrate its return to the FIA World Rally Championship. Jari-Matti Latvala topped the final order ahead of Ford M-Sport/Michelin’s Ott Tanak and Sébastien Ogier, while Skoda/Michelin ended up on top again in WRC2.

Ahead of the 2017 Rally Sweden, Toyota’s most recent WRC win had been Rally China, in 1999, but today saw the Japanese firm open a new winning chapter in its history on what was only the second world class appearance of the Yaris WRC/Michelin.

Success for Latvala took the Finn’s personal score to 17 world class victories and his fourth in Sweden since 2008. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Ford M-Sport’s Ott Tanak and Sébastien Ogier who put him under significant pressure towards the end.

For Ogier, it was always going to be a tough struggle because of his unfavourable start order on Friday and Saturday, while Tanak’s bid took a blow due to an early gearbox issue, although he managed to power his way onto Friday evening’s provisional podium with three consecutive stage wins.

As in Monaco, the outcome was pretty much settled on the last stage of Day 2 when the early pace-setter Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) damaged his car on the Karlstad super-special while leading by the handsome margin of 43 seconds.

It was another difficult outing for Citroën-Total Abu Dhabi who saw Kris Meeke spend several minutes stuck in a snow bank after figuring inside the top five. His team-mate Craig Breen (C3 WRC/Michelin) reached the finish in fifth spot.

Skoda Motorsport and Michelin dominated in WRC2 again, this time with local star Pontus Tidemand who left Finn Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin) and Norway’s Ole-Christian Veiby (Skoda/Michelin) to battle for second and third places.

The weather was ideal all weekend, with negative temperatures and icy/snowy conditions in Norway’s Finnskog and Sweden’s Värmland regions.

Thanks to the outstanding grip delivered by his studded Michelin X-Ice North 3 tyres, Tanak established a new average speed record for a WRC stage after covering SS9 (31.60km) at an average of 137.8kph (previous record: 136.9kph/Poland/2014).

Latvala won one of the fastest ever Rally Swedens at an average speed of 115,4kph.

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. 

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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MotoGP: off to Aragon

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, takes teams to Spain this weekend. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) are provisionally level at the top of the Riders’ standings.  

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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.

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