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 WRC

WRC: Neuville claims Argentina win by 7/10ths of a second!

Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) won the 2017 Rally Argentina by the margin of just seven-tenths of a second to beat Welshman Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) after 357.59km of competitive action! Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was third.

FIA WRC

WRC: 13 rounds for 2017

The FIA World Council has confirmed the calendar for the 13-round 2017 World Rally Championship. The registered tyre manufacturers for the series are Michelin and DMack.

The same events as this year have been carried over for the 2017 season, while the Tour de Corse has been brought forward to April. The campaign will kick off with January’s Rallye Monte-Carlo and conclude in Australia next November. The prospect of rounds in China and Turkey did not materialise.

2017 WRC calendar

Monte-Carlo (January 18-22)

Sweden (February 9-12)

Mexico (March 9-12)

Tour de Corse (April 6-9)

Argentina (April 27-30)

Portugal (May 18-21)

Italy-Sardegna (June 8-11)

Finland (July 27-30)

Germany (August 17-20)

Spain (October 5-8)

Wales Rally GB (October 26-29)

Australia (November 16-19)

The start order system will change next season. Priority 1 drivers will start in championship order on Day 1, then in rally classification order on Days 2 and 3.

A WRC Trophy will be available to privateer drivers competing in pre-2017 World Rally Cars and the Junior-WRC will feature Ford Fiesta R2s provided by M-Sport.

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 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. 

FIA Formula E

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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