FIA WRC

Hyundai/Michelin’s Sordo wins the day in Sardinia

Dani Sordo’s 163rd world class start saw the 36-year old Spaniard claim the second WRC win of his career at the 2019 Rally Italia Sardegna, one of the championship’s most punishing tests of tyres. Ott Tänak led until a power-steering problem delayed him on the week’s final stage, which allowed Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin) and Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai/Michelin) to clinch second and third places. Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda/Michelin) topped the WRC2 Pro order once again.

FIA WRC

Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

FIA WRC

The 2019 WRC gets official send-off

The 47th FIA World Rally Championship was officially launched to the backdrop of Autosport International 2019 in Birmingham, England, on Saturday afternoon (January 12).

 

The organisers of the annual motorsport extravaganza expected a turnout of around 10,000 and visitors were treated to a parade by the WRC’s drivers in the company of the Michelin Man through the show’s halls before the cars were revealed in their 2019 liveries.

Ford-MSport’s Evans/Martin and Suninen/Salminen kicked off proceedings by unveiling the latest Ford Fiesta RS WRC which has reverted to the blue colour scheme seen during the 2016 championship. They were imitated by Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Tänak/Järveoja, Latvala/Anttila and Meeke/Marshall who presented the Yaris WRC, last season’s Manufacturers’ title-winning car.

Hyundai Motorsport’s new recruit Sébastien Loeb wasn’t able to attend due to his participation in the 2019 Dakar, but Neuville/Gilsoul, Mikkelsen/Jaeger and Sordo/Del Barrio were on hand to introduce the Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC which has a practically unchanged livery in 2019.

Last up were six-time world champions Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia who were joined by Finns Lappi/ Ferm to show off the Citroën C3 WRC which features the Red Bull branding the team ran from 2008 to 2012. A ‘1919’ logo at the rear of the car referred to the French make’s centenary celebrations.

With the exception of Ogier, who will continue to run as N°1, the drivers were asked to pick their competition numbers for 2019. Evans has opted for N°33, Neuville has gone for N°11 and Latvala has plumped for N°10. Meeke’s daughter chose N°5 for her dad, while Mikkelsen will took N°89, the year of his birth.

The presentation was followed by a series of interviews which were a new experience for Hyundai Motorsport’s newly-appointed Team Principal Andrea Adamo and Richard Millener who has taken over the same role from Malcolm Wilson at MSport.

Everyone will now reconvene in Gap, France, for the 2019 Rallye Monte-Carlo which will kick off the 14-round 2019 FIA World Rally Championship on January 24-27.

FIA Formula E

Vergne scores second straight Formula E crown!

DS Techeetah/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the 2019 New York City E-Prix as the first driver in Formula E history to claim the title twice. The Frenchman successfully defended his 2017/2018 crown after the weekend’s doubleheader meeting in New York City, USA, which produced wins for Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin). DS Techeetah/Michelin is Season 5’s Teams’ champion.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez in control at the Sachsenring

Since the start of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has failed to go two consecutive races without winning. This weekend, true to form, the Spaniard bounced back from his Netherlands defeat to score an assertive victory at Germany’s Sachsenring where he was joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland - Racecard

All you need to know about the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, 9th round of the MotoGP championshipClic on the photo to download the racecard.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Viñales and Yamaha hit top form at Assen

The Motul TT Assen –round eight of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales, ahead of Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT). Every one of the six Michelin tyre specifications available for the race was used, with three different specs making it onto the podium to provide a further illustration of the French products’ performance and versatility.

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