FIA WRC

Hyundai/Michelin’s Sordo wins the day in Sardinia

Dani Sordo’s 163rd world class start saw the 36-year old Spaniard claim the second WRC win of his career at the 2019 Rally Italia Sardegna, one of the championship’s most punishing tests of tyres. Ott Tänak led until a power-steering problem delayed him on the week’s final stage, which allowed Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin) and Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai/Michelin) to clinch second and third places. Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda/Michelin) topped the WRC2 Pro order once again.

FIA WRC

Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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Loeb, Citroën and Michelin return to their winning ways!

More than five years after his most recent WRC success, Sébastien Loeb (Citroën/Michelin) notched up the 79th world class win of his career this weekend in Spain. The Frenchman was chased over the line by Sébastien Ogier, who has recovered the championship lead, and the latter’s Ford/Michelin team-mate Elfyn Evans. The Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles will be settled in Australia.

 

 

Poor weather made tyre choice difficult in Catalonia where no fewer than five options were available for the year’s only mixed-surface fixture, namely the soft- and hard-compound Michelin Pilot Sport S6 and H5 – plus a full wet option (FW3) – for asphalt, and the hard and medium Michelin LTX Force H4 and M6 for gravel.

Thanks to his and Citroën Racing’s experience, Loeb made a judicious choice for Sunday morning’s partially damp conditions by opting for the Pilot Sport H5. The nine-time world champion subsequently eased into the lead thanks to two straight fastest times and, despite a spin on the rally’s penultimate test (SS17), went on to claim his ninth RallyRACC Catalunya victory. At the age of 44 years, eight months and two days, he is the third-oldest driver to win a WRC round, on the same event where he kicked off his world championship career aged 19. It was also Citroën’s first success since Espana 2017.

Loeb finished just 2.9 seconds clear of Ogier who didn’t get all his tyre calls right in Spain but who is back at the top of the Drivers’ standings, three points clear of Thierry Neuville. The Hyundai/Michelin driver ended up fourth after being passed on the last test by Evans who made it two M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRCs on the podium. The British squad is now only 25 and 13 points behind Toyota Gazoo Racing and Hyundai Motorsport in the Manufacturers’ table.

The Toyota Yaris WRCs failed to reap the reward for their speed. Ott Tänak led after Day 1 on dirt and extended his lead in Saturday morning’s rain but then lost a minute and fell to eighth when he was forced to change a damaged wheel on SS10. The Estonian fought back to sixth at the finish and collected five Power Stage points to stay in the chase for the Drivers’ crown, albeit 23 points short of Ogier.

The Japanese make’s Jari-Matti Latvala led on Saturday afternoon but a front-left scrape on Sunday’s SS17 dropped him to eighth overall, behind team-mates Tänak and Esapekka Lappi. Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) also figured briefly in front on home soil but ended up fifth.

Michelin partners monopolised the WRC2 podium thanks to Skoda Fabia R5 runners Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky, the class’s 2018 champion. Petter Solberg, who was making his first WRC appearance since 2012, was third in the new VW Polo GTi R5/Michelin.

With three drivers and three makes still in contention for the main titles, the season’s final round will take teams to Australia on November 15-18.

FIA Formula E

Vergne scores second straight Formula E crown!

DS Techeetah/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the 2019 New York City E-Prix as the first driver in Formula E history to claim the title twice. The Frenchman successfully defended his 2017/2018 crown after the weekend’s doubleheader meeting in New York City, USA, which produced wins for Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin). DS Techeetah/Michelin is Season 5’s Teams’ champion.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez in control at the Sachsenring

Since the start of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has failed to go two consecutive races without winning. This weekend, true to form, the Spaniard bounced back from his Netherlands defeat to score an assertive victory at Germany’s Sachsenring where he was joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland - Racecard

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MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Viñales and Yamaha hit top form at Assen

The Motul TT Assen –round eight of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales, ahead of Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT). Every one of the six Michelin tyre specifications available for the race was used, with three different specs making it onto the podium to provide a further illustration of the French products’ performance and versatility.

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