Last week the steady stream of races continued from the previous week. MotoGP raced in Barcelona in Spain, while WRC tackled the fast but tight roads of Rally Sardegna. The world also saw Jakarta stage an exciting first Formula E race. Here is everything that happened:
Christmas came in early for championship leader Fabio Quartararo as the factory Yamaha rider led from lights out to claim a dominating victory at round nine of the 2022 MotoGP season in Barcelona. But it was not without drama as his nearest championship rival, Aprilia’s Aleix Esparagro who was running second, made a colossal miscalculation on the final lap, dropping back for the current lap a lap too early. This eventually dropped him to fifth and promoted the Pramac Racing Ducati duo of Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco to second and third. With his title rivals having a disastrous race, Fabio Quartararo extended his lead to 22 points over Aprilia’s Aleix Esparagro in the drivers standings.
It’s safe to say it’s been an exciting start for Jakarta on the Formula E calendar, as the ninth round of the 2021/22 season, as the E-Prix saw an intense battle for victory from start to finish. the end. Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans and Jean Eric Vergne’s DS TeCheetah continued to trade the race lead several times, but the cycle was eventually broken by Evans. That being said, it was still an intense final lap with Vergne on his gearbox. But, the Kiwi managed to rise to the challenge to earn their third victory of the season. Edoardo Mortara completes the podium by finishing third for Venturi Racing.
This result secures just 12 points separating the top four drivers in the driver standings. Stoffel Vandoorne’s Mercedes hold a five-point lead over Vergne, followed by Mortara two points and Evans five points.
Round five of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship saw Toyota Gazoo Racing’s winning streak come to an end with Hyundai Motorsport’s Ott Tänak taking top honors at Rally Sardegna. It was Hyundai’s first victory in the new Rally1 hybrid era and the Estonian driver’s first since Arctic Rally Finland in 2021. Craig Breen finished second for M-Sport Ford with Tänak’s team-mate Dani Sordo finishing in third place. Toyota Gazoo Racing Kalle Rovenpera continues to hold a solid lead in the drivers’ standings over Hyundai Motorsport’s Thierry Neuville.
We have a new LMDh challenger in the form of the BMW M Hybrid V8. He will compete in the 2023 season of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship in the new GTP class. Some of the interesting elements of the prototype include the iconic blue and white BMW M livery as well as the traditional grille. Although technical specifications have not surfaced, the racer will be powered by a hybrid V8 engine, as the name suggests. As it stands, he will not participate in the World Endurance Championship or Le Mans, but a possible entry could be considered depending on his evolution at IMSA.
Next week, Formula 1 and Formula 2 will resume racing activities at the Baku street circuit in Azerbaijan with the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans taking place in France.