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Neuville beats Ogier by seven-tenths of a second in Sardinia!

The provisional world championship pace-setter Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) came out on top of his hypnotising duel with five-time champ Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) to win the 2018 Rally Italia Sardegna by seven-tenths of a second. Esapekka Lappi was third for Toyota/Michelin.

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Tanak and Toyota/Michelin steal Argentina limelight

Ott Tanak collected the third world class win of his career, and his first behind the wheel of a Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin, with victory in Argentina. The Estonian was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin runners Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

A score of 10 fastest stage times from 18 – including six on the trot – earned Tanak a thoroughly deserved victory in South America. With the exception of a spin on SS2, which cost him around 20 seconds, the Toyota driver dominated the season’s fifth round in impressive style.

His third world class win was Toyota Gazoo Racing’s first since last year’s Rally Finland, and the first for Toyota/Michelin in Argentina since Didier Auriol’s success there in 1994.

With Tanak in a class of his own, four drivers ended up scrapping for the other podium places, namely Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Kris Meeke (Citroën/Michelin) winners of the event in 2017 and 2015, Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin), who was contesting the rally for the 13th time, and world champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) who has yet to win in Villa Carlos Paz.

The Frenchman fell out of contention after Saturday morning’s visit to foggy Los Gigantes, while Kris Meeke stopped to change a wheel on SS14, thereby ensuring podium placings for his two Hyundai rivals. The Korean carmaker consequently tops the provisional Manufacturers’ standings but Ogier is still the best-placed driver, 10 points clear of Neuville.

Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai/Michelin) lost time after a strong start but finally succeeded in fighting his way back to fifth, ahead of Britons Elfyn Evans (Ford/Michelin) and Meeke. Finns Esapekka Lappi (Toyota/Michelin) and Argentina rookie Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin) rounded out the top 10, ahead of WRC2 victor Pontus Tidemand (Skoda/Michelin).

As in Corsica earlier this month, Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) failed to reach the finish, while Craig Breen (Citroën/Michelin) was eliminated by an off on Day 2.

An estimated crowd of 100,000 turned out to watch the El Condor stage alone (creating huge traffic jams in the process) to confirm Rally Argentina’s huge popularity.

The WRC returns to Europe next month for the equally popular Rally de Portugal.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Lorenzo (Ducati Team/Michelin) on top again in Catalunya

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Round 7 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship at Barcelona-Catalunya, was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team/Michelin). The race produced the Majorcan’s second victory in a row for Ducati, ahead of the championship pace-setter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin). 

24H du Mans

Toyota/Michelin tastes Le Mans glory at last!

Toyota will be partying hard tonight after winning the famous Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since its debut attempt at the world famous race in 1985. This time around, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and the team’s star recruit Fernando Alonso delivered the necessary speed and reliability in their N°8 TS050-Hybrid/Michelin to spearhead a one-two finish for the Japanese carmaker, ahead of the N°7 sister car (+2 laps). Porsche/Michelin celebrated no-nonsense wins in LM GTE Pro and Am, while G-Drive Racing was unassailable in LMP2 with the N°26 Oreca07. True to its ‘Winning performance to the line’ claim, Michelin secured its 21st straight Le Mans success.

24H du Mans

H-7: Toyota still on target for Le Mans glory

The two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050-Hybrids are running smoothly at the top of the order at Le Mans after 17 hours, with the N°8 car of Alonso/Buemi/Nakajima currently in front. The Japanese team has been running a quadruple stint strategy since the start. Porsche GT Team/Michelin’s N°92 and N°91 911 RSRs continue to set the pace in LM GTE Pro, and the German make leads the Am class, too. The N°26 G-Drive Oreca07 continues to stand out as the car to beat in LMP2. 

24H du Mans

H-18: Everything going to plan for Toyota/Michelin

We’re a quarter of the way into the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours and, for the moment, nothing has spooked Toyota’s game plan. The Japanese make’s two cars are in first and second places after six hours, with the N°8 prototype of Alonso/Nakajima/Buemi setting the pace, shadowed closely by the N°7 sister car. Porsche/Michelin tops the LM GTE Pro and Am orders, while the G-Drive Racing Oreca07 is in command in LMP2. Both Toyotas have been quadruple stinting on their Michelin slicks.

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