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 Shanghai (WEC): victory and title honours for Porsche/Michelin

The 2016 6 Hours of Shanghai saw the N°1 Porsche/Michelin (Bernhard/Webber/Hartley) take the spoils ahead of the N°6 and N°5 Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids of Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi and Davidson/Buemi/Nakajima respectively. Porsche Team won the Team’s crown for the second season running. The Drivers’ title will be settled in Bahrain.

 

 

With the exception of Turn 1, where Brendon Hartley was momentarily passed by Sébastien Buemi, the N°1 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin dominated in China to collect its fourth win of 2016. The result took the German make’s score to six victories so far to clinch the Teams’ endurance world title.

Toyota Gazoo Racing put its two cars onto the podium to prolong the Drivers’ crown suspense until the finale in Bahrain. Indeed, the battle between the N°2 Porsche of provisional championship leaders Dumas/Jani/Lieb (4th) and the Japanese prototypes was a highlight of the afternoon. Toyota eventually stole the advantage by keeping both its machines on the same tyres after their final refuelling stops.

Audi Sport Team Joest, which will curtail its FIA WEC activities at the end of the year, had a troubled time in China. Its two R18s ended up fifth (N°8) and sixth (N°7) after a mid-race collision. It was the first time since the season’s curtain-raiser at Silverstone that neither machine finished has inside the top three.

In LM P2, fourth place for the N°36 Signatech-Alpine (Lapierre/Menezes/Richelmi) sufficed to sew up the class’s Teams’ and Drivers’ endurance trophies. The day’s winner was the N°26 Oreca05-Nissan (G-Drive, Steven/Rusinov/Brundle), ahead of the N°30 and N°43 Ligier-Nissans.

There was another Ford/Michelin one-two in LM GTE Pro with the N°67 (Priaulx/Tincknell) and N°66 (Mücke/Pla) cars after their domination of qualifying. Third was the N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin which increased the Italian make’s lead over Aston Martin in the GT Manufacturers’ championship.

The N°98 Aston Martin Vantage/Michelin (Lamy/Dalla Lana/Lauda) picked up its fifth LM GTE Am victory of the year (its third in a row). Despite tangling on the last lap, the N°78 Porsche/Michelin (KCMG) and N°83 Ferrari/Michelin (AF Corse) joined in the podium celebrations. The LM GTE Am titles will be decided in Bahrain.

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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