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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.

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Monaco ePrix: Buemi beats di Grassi in the Principality

Pole-winner Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) led from lights-out to the flag in Monaco to claim his fourth ePrix win of the 2016/2017 season. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) were second and third.

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FIA Formula E Championship: a landmark first in Marrakech

Morocco’s Marrakech ePrix on November 12, 2016, will be the first round of the FIA Formula E Championship to be held in Africa. The meeting coincides with the United Nations’ COP22 summit to provide a nice tie-in for Michelin’s sustainable mobility strategy and the spirit behind the world’s first all-electric single-seater motor racing series.

Following Formula E’s successful maiden visit to Hong Kong, attention now turns to Morocco’s historic Marrakech where the defending champion Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) stands out as favourite to win the championship’s first African fixture and add an eighth win to his personal record.

He is likely to face fierce opposition from second-placed Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) who produced a stunning comeback in Hong Kong to take his score to 14 Formula E podiums to date.

Some of the drivers benefit from previous knowledge of the city’s Moulay El Hassan circuit which has hosted World Touring Car Championship action since 2009. Their numbers include Quing Hua (Techeetah) and Argentina’s Jose Maria Lopez (DS Virgin Racing) who has even won there. The three-time WTCC champion started his debut Formula E race in Hong Kong from third on the grid.

Following its strong qualifying performance on the Chinese island, NEXTEV TCR appears to have cured its reliability issues which will no doubt boost team morale, not to mention Nelson Piquet Jr’s chances of a second title.

As the 14th venue to be visited by Formula E, Marrakech will be new terrain for the Michelin Pilot Sport EV2. This 2.97km semi-permanent track in the city’s popular Agdal district features 12 turns and runs along Mohamed VI Avenue which was entirely facelifted earlier this year. It is also the longest circuit to be visited by the competition after Beijing in 2015.

The ePrix will take place to the backdrop of COP22 (November 7-18, 2016) which makes it a particularly symbolic race, especially since the FIA Formula E Championship is an official partner of the UN climate conference. The meeting will consequently provide Michelin Motorsport and the organisers of motor racing’s first international all-electric single-seater championship with an opportunity to showcase the numerous technology breakthroughs the competition has spawned in favour of sustainable mobility.

The two free practice sessions will take place on the morning of Saturday, November 12 (8am and 10:30am), followed by qualifying at noon. The race itself will start at 4pm local time.

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). 

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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.

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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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MotoGP: Pedrosa wins milestone 3,000th grand prix at Jerez

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) came first at Round 4 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Jerez which had the honour of hosting motorcycle racing’s 3,000th grand prix since 1949. The Honda rider finished clear of team-mate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), while Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) made it an all-Spanish podium at the Gran Premio Red Bullde España. 

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