Sèbastien Ogier wins Wales Rally GB

Sèbastien Ogier took his 4th consecutive title on Sunday winning the Manufacturers Championship for Volkswagen, the first manufacturer ever to do so.  Ogier has been with the team since 2012 where he and co driver Julien Ingrassia have had huge success, with eight wins in this season alone.

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 Sèbastien Ogier                                                                  Photo ©Peter Lewis 

There were worries earlier in the weekend that the teams Polo R was suffering transmission problems but the issues were resolved swiftly ahead of Saturday’s stages.

Ott Tänak took second place with Thierry Neuville completing the podium in third.

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 Kris Meeke                                                                           Photo ©Peter Lewis

Great Britain’s Kriss Meeke came in fifth in his final outing of the 2016 season, Meeke will now be concentrating on further tests of the  Citroen C3 WRC ahead of next seasons opener in Monte Carlo in January.

 

Allison Remzi        All photo’s credited to Peter Lewis

Hamilton wins Mexican Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has won the Mexican Grand Prix, with his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg taking second place. Which means in the Championship standings there is just 19 points between the two with Rosberg on 349 points and Hamilton on 330.

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Lewis Hamilton Photo © Andy Fitzpatrick
Max Verstappen was set to take 3rd place but a post race 5 minute penalty meant he dropped to 5th, with Sebastien Vettel taking 3rd.  Vettel caused controversy however toward the end of the race tussling with both Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, which led to a radio rant that included swearing at the race director which Vettel subsequently apologised for.

*UPDATED*  It has been announced that Vettel has lost his podium place after receiving a 10 second penalty for changing direction under braking, a defensive move against Ricciardo. Vettel is dropped into 5th place with Ricciardo now in 3rd and Verstappen in 4th.

The race wasn’t without other incidents with Pascal Wehrlein retiring in the 1st lap after crashing with Marcus Ericsson. There was also a bump between Kimi Räikkönen and Nico Hulkenberg who finished in 6th and 7th respectively.

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Nico Rosberg Photo ©Andy Fitzpatrick
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Dovizioso wins Malaysian Moto GP

Andrea Dovizioso has won the Malaysian GP with Valentino Rossi in 2nd place and Jorge Lorenzo joining them on the podium in 3rd position.

It is Dovizioso’s first win for Ducati, his last win being the British GP in 2009 with Repsol Honda.

Dovizioso is the ninth winner this season out of seventeen races.

 

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Andrea Dovizioso at Silverstone in 2014  Photo ©Andy Fitzpatrick

 

The wet race which saw a delayed start,  provided difficult conditions in which Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernandez crashed out. Crutchlow, who raced with an injured hand, spilled on the 12th lap.

Champion Marc Marquez also crashed later in the 12th lap but got back on to finish in 11th place.

Great Britain’s Bradley Smith and Scott Redding finished in 14 and 15 respectively.

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Cal Crutchlow fights to fifth on the grid for Malaysian GP

Cal Crutchlow made 5th position after breaking a bone in his left hand following a crash on Saturday. Despite his injuries he managed to get back on his damaged bike and improve his lap time in difficult conditions.

The history making LCR Honda rider won the Australian GP last weekend, the first Briton to do so. He also won the Czech GP earlier in the year becoming the first British rider to win in the premier class since Barry Sheene took the Swedish GP in 1981.

Ahead of Crutchlow on the grid is Andrea Dovizioso in pole with Valentino Rossi in second place, followed by his team mate Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in 4th.

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Crutchlow pictured here at Silverstone in 2014 Photo © Andy Fitzpatrick

 

In the Moto 2 class Johann Zarco takes pole. The current champion who moves to the Moto GP class in 2017 with Monster Yamaha’s Tech 3 team, rode a blistering lap finishing with a time of 2:18.621, 2 seconds ahead of Franco Morbidelli with Axel Pons taking 3rd on the grid.

In Moto 3  World Champion Brad Binder is in pole position with Jakub Kornfeil and Francesco Bagnaia completing the front row.

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2016 WEC campaign over for Strakka Racing

 


Engine problems rule out China & Bahrain
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Photo by ©Andy Fitzpatrick

 

Strakka Racing have announced they will be cutting short their World Endurance Championship 2016 campaign due to engine issues.

The successful Silverstone based LMP 2 team had suffered some engine problems during the WCE 6 Hours of Fuji race and will now miss competing in Shanghai and Bahrain. The team are currently holding 5th position in the FIA Endurance Trophy.
Allison Remzi                                                           Source FIA WEC News

Change of gear for Audi


Le Mans dropped in favour of Formula E

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Photo by © Andy Fitzpatrick

Audi announced today its intention to leave the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24hr Le Mans race, to commit to a Formula E factory-backed team.

Chairman of the board of Management Rupert Stadler stated “We’re going to contest the race for the future on electric power. As our Production Cars are becoming increasingly electric, our motor sports cars, as Audi’s technological spearheads, have to even more so”

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Photo by www.fozzyimages.co.uk all rights reserved

              

With Jaguar and BMW already entered and Mercedes Benz set to enter Formula E in 2018/19, the move by Audi is a significant one.

Audi have had huge success in WEC with 13 victories in 24hr Le Mans, also taking the  title in the  American Le Mans Series nine times from 2000 to 2008.

Allison Remzi                  Source: Audi Media Centre