FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

FIA WRC

Meeke bounces back in Spain for Citroën/Michelin

Citroën Racing’s Kris Meeke stemmed a recent barren spell with an emphatic victory on the 2017 RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España in his Michelin-equipped Citroën C3 WRC. The Ulsterman was followed over the line by M-Sport team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta WRC/Michelin) whose efforts took the British outfit a step closer to its first Manufacturers’ crown since 2007. 

FIA WRC

Neuville claims the 2017 WRC’s final round

The 2017 FIA World Rally Championship came to an end in Australia where Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) took the final win. The year’s vice-champion was joined on the podium by Ott Tanak (Ford/Michelin) and Hayden Paddon (Hyundai/Michelin).

The 2017 campaign’s Coffs Harbour-based all-gravel finale in New South Wales was dominated by Hyundai Motorsport. Last year’s victor Andreas Mikkelsen took advantage of a favourable start order to win the first four stages and appear in front at the end of Day 1, 20.1s clear of team-mate Neuville.

At this point, Kris Meeke (Citroën), Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota) and Craig Breen (Citroën) were covered by 10 seconds in third, fourth and fifth places, while Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin drivers Ott Tanak (6th) and Sébastien Ogier (7th) were next in the order after being delayed by technical troubles.

Saturday’s partly-wet stages made tyre choice complex but Neuville, who opted for the soft-compound version of the Michelin LTX Force, won the long Nambucca test (48.89km) to close to within 15.6s of Mikkelsen. The Norwegian then retired for the day after a mistake on the following stage, leaving his Belgian team-mate to cruise to his fourth victory of the season and make sure of the runner-up title.

Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) was heading for second spot when he crashed out on the very last test, which promoted Tanak and Hayden Paddon (Hyundai/Michelin) to second and third places respectively. The 2017 world champion Ogier ended up fourth after suffering a variety of problems, but the trip to Australia proved worse for Citroën Racing whose three drivers all crashed.

The 2017 Rally Australia mirrored the close, exciting action that was a hallmark of the season which saw Thierry Neuville (4 wins), Sébastien Ogier (2), Kris Meeke (2), Ott Tanak (2), Jari-Marri Latvala (1), Esapekka Lappi (1) and Elfyn Evans (1) all claim rounds.

The FIA World Rally Championship will resume on January 28, 2018, with the celebrated Rallye Monte-Carlo.

MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

FIA WEC

Michelin racks up its 50th WEC victory

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima at the 6 Hours of Bahrain – final round of the 2017 World Endurance Championship – saw Michelin notch up its 50th FIA WEC success. Porsche concluded its involvement in the series with two cars on the podium, while James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi made sure of the GT Drivers’ title with Ferrari/Michelin.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez seals 2017 title as Pedrosa earns Valencia win

The 18th and final round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana (30 laps) – was won by Dani Pedrosa. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and the new world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) were second and third. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: all to play for at Valencia finale!

The last round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship will take teams to Valencia, Spain, for the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. The season’s finale will settle the title fight between Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)! 

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