FIA WEC

Toyota/Michelin claims Spa 1-2

Toyota Gazoo Racing came first and second at the 2017 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with its N°8 (Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima) and N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi) Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids. There was one-two glory, too, for Ferrari/Michelin with its N°71 and N°51 488 GTEs in LM GTE Pro.

FIA WEC

Toyota/Michelin wins Silverstone WEC opener

Toyota Gazoo Racing and Michelin won Great Britain’s 6 Hours of Silverstone for the second time after their maiden victory there together in 2014. First past the flag was the N°8 TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima, which finished clear of the N°2 (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) and N°1 (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) Porsches. Michelin won all three of the classes in which it was represented. 

FIA WEC

6 Hours of Bahrain (WEC): Audi/Michelin bows out with 1-2 finish

Audi produced a one-two finish in Bahrain to mark its final prototype endurance racing appearance. The race was won by the N°8 R18 (Duval/Di Grassi/Jarvis) ahead of the N°7 sister car (Tréluyer/Lotterer/Fässler). Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb are the 2016 FIA WEC Drivers’ champions, while Ferrari/Michelin won the GT Manufacturers World Cup.

The pole-winning N°8 Audi R18/Michelin dominated the last round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship which ended after nightfall at Sakhir International Circuit today.

Loïc Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis claimed their second win of the season to finish second in the Drivers’ championship, 12.5 points short of Le Mans victors Romain Dumas, Neel Jani et Marc Lieb.

The latter trio was involved in a tangle on Lap 2 but the N°6 Toyota Hybrid of title challengers Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi could manage no better than fifth at the flag.

Mark Webber (N°1 Porsche/Michelin) concluded his glittering career in third place behind the N°7 Audi (Tréluyer/Lotterer/Fässler) as the German make ended an 18-year spell in prototype racing that harvested 107 wins with Michelin.

In LM GTE Pro, victory for the N°95 Vantage handed the Teams’ crown to Aston Martin Racing and the Drivers’ title to Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. The N°51 (Bruni/Calado) and N°71 (Rigon/Bird) Michelin-equipped Ferraris earned the GT Manufacturers’ title for the Italian make.

There was a one-two finish for Porsche/Michelin in LM GTE Am with the N°88 (Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing) and N°78 (KCMG) 911 RSRs after the N°98 Aston Martin/Michelin suffered an engine issue. The class’s Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns ended up in the hands of AF Corse and Emmanuel Collard/François Perrodo/Rui Aguas (N°83 Ferrari/Michelin) respectively.

The LM P2 class was on by the N°26 Oreca-Nissan (G-Drive Racing), ahead of the N°43 Ligier-Nissan (RGR) and the 2016 title-winning N°36 Alpine.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 

FIA WRC

Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

A fifth Rally de Portugal victory for Sébastien Ogier has taken the Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin star’s personal tally to 40 world class wins and level with Markku Alèn as the event’s most successful driver. The Frenchman has also established a new record for the highest number of WRC points scored at this level. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin rivals Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

FIA Formula E

Paris ePrix: Buemi triumphs in French capital

Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) followed up his victory in Monaco last week with another at Saturday’s Paris ePrix, ahead of Lopez and Heidfeld. A mistake by rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) helped him to comfort his cushion at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: next stop Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti. 

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