FIA WRC

Maiden WRC glory for Ott Tanak!

After collecting the first world class top-three finish of his career in Sardinia, in 2012, Estonia’s Ott Tanak celebrated his first world championship victory on the same event today. The Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin driver was joined on the Italian podium by Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai).

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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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Hyundai/Michelin scores one-two finish in Poland

Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon overcame appalling conditions to earn a one-two result for Hyundai Motorsport in Poland. Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) finished on the podium to defend his position at the top of the WRC’s provisional Driver’s standings. 

The 2017 Rally Poland produced 11 changes at the top of the order, but Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul emerged in front on the 21st of the event’s 23 stages to clinch the weekend’s top prize.

Ott Tanak had just taken top spot thanks to a heroic effort in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin on SS20, but his bid ended when he clouted a tree on the following test.

The incident allowed Neuville to coast home to his fifth world class win – the third of his career, and his 25th WRC podium – to crown a fast, sure-footed effort that harvested nine stage victories to lead on five separate occasions.

The Belgian’s team-mate Paddon collected his first podium finish since last year’s Rally Poland to claim Hyundai Motorsport’s second one-two result since 2014. Ogier saved M-Sport’s weekend by securing third spot.

The 74th running of the Polish event, one of the sport’s longest-standing competitions, took place in horrendous conditions marked by treacherously slippery mud, notably on Friday and Sunday. Yet thanks to their soft-compound LTX Force S5 tyres, the French firm’s partners were able to reach speeds of around 120kph over the region’s fast but narrow dirt tracks!

Spain’s Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) ended up fourth, chased by fifth-placed Stéphane Lefebvre who was Citroën Racing’s best-placed finisher. Finnish youngster Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin), 23, posted a fastest stage time during his first outing in a World Rally Car which he nursed home to sixth overall.

After being halted by a technical problem while challenging for the victory on Saturday afternoon, Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) returned on the last day to win the Power Stage.

There was more one-two success for Skoda/Michelin in WRC2 thanks to Norway’s Ole-Christian Veiby, who won the class for the first time, and Skoda Motorsport factory driver Pontus Tidemand. Eric Camilli (Ford/Michelin) was third in RC2 but was not registered for the WRC2 battle.

Next round: Rally Finland (July 27-30).

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences wins FIM Endurance World Cup

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MotoGP: Sachsenring marks season’s midpoint

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship travels to Germany this weekend for the year’s ninth round which marks the season’s halfway point ahead of the summer break. 

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MotoGP: Rossi returns to winning ways at Assen

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Michelin won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 20th straight year and for the third year in a row in association with Porsche after posting the fastest ever lap of the French circuit with Toyota. 

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