FIA WRC

Thierry Neuville takes Portugal win

After his success in snowy Sweden in February, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) was first past the post again at the end of the weekend’s Rally de Portugal. The Belgian, who has gone to the top of the provisional 2018 Drivers’ standings, was joined on the podium by Ford M-Sport/Michelin’s Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen.

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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. 

Third place at the end of the season’s penultimate clash in Wales sufficed for Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia to clinch their fifth straight Drivers’ and Co-Drivers titles* at the wheel of their Michelin-equipped Fiesta RS WRC.

With a score of two outright wins and six other podium finishes to their name in 2017 before travelling to Wales Rally GB, the defending champs were under no obligation to claim the fifth victory of their career in the Welsh forests in order to wrap up the series. And that is probably just as well, since their remaining rivals in the title chase, namely Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville, had no intention of facilitating the French pair’s task. Indeed, it was only after the weekend’s final test – the Power Stage, on the shores of Llyn Brenig Reservoir – that Sébastien and Julien were able to give vent to their joy...

Meanwhile, a decade after securing the Manufacturers’ crown with Ford in 2007, privateer outfit M-Sport made sure of the season’s Makes’ honours*. Between them, the Michelin-equipped Ford Fiesta RS WRCs of Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak have totalled four outright wins to date and notched up 84 percent of the points tallied so far by the Malcolm Wilson-run operation.

M-Sport saw its three nominated cars finish inside the top six of Wales Rally GB, including first place thanks to Welshman Elfyn Evans who was thrilled to pocket his maiden win at this level on home soil. After an undefeated run of 92 FIA WRC outings, Michelin was pipped to top spot however by rival brand DMack which also celebrated its first WRC success, helped by tyres developed with the challenge of muddy Wales Rally GB in mind.

In contrast, Michelin placed the emphasis on ensuring that its soft-compound LTX Force S5 was capable of more versatile performance to cover all the gravel rounds of the calendar where it was likely to come into its own, like Mexico, Sardinia, Portugal, Poland, Finland and Wales.

With the French tyre firm already sure of this season’s WRC2 spoils thanks to Pontus Tidemand and Skoda Motorsport, the Swedish youngster finished on top again in Wales, chased by Frenchman Eric Camilli (Ford/Michelin).

The 2017 FIA World Rally Championship will draw to a close on November 17-19 in Australia where Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Ott Tanak (Ford/Michelin) will settle their scrap for this season’s silver medal.

(*) Subject to confirmation of the official results by the FIA.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marc Márquez takes Le Mans spoils

The winner of Sunday’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France (Round 5 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship) at Le Mans-Bugatti was Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) were second and third.

FIA Formula E

One-two glory for Audi/Michelin in Berlin

Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler marched to a one-two triumph on home soil thanks to Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi. Third place for Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) has taken the Frenchman even further clear at the top of the Drivers’ points table with only three more races to come.

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