The past week has continued the steady flow of racing from the week before. MotoGP raced at Barcelona in Spain while WRC tackled the fast but narrow roads of Rally Sardegna. The world also saw Jakarta make an exciting Formula E debut. Here’s everything that went down:
Christmas came home early for Championship leader Fabio Quartararo as the factory Yamaha rider led with the lights out to claim a dominant win at round nine of the 2022 MotoGP season in Barcelona. But it wasn’t without drama as his closest championship rival, Aprilia’s Aleix Esparagro, who finished second, made a colossal miscalculation on the last lap and retired a lap early for the in-lap. That eventually dropped him to fifth, propelling the Pramac Racing Ducati duo of Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco to second and third respectively. With his title rivals having a disastrous race, Fabio Quartararo has extended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 22 points over Aprilia’s Aleix Esparagro.
It is safe to say that it was an exciting debut for Jakarta on the Formula E calendar as the ninth round of the 2021/22 season saw the E-Prix see an intense battle for victory from start to finish. Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans and Jean Eric Vergne’s DS TeCheetah traded hands several times for the lead of the race, but the cycle was eventually broken by Evans. That being said, it was still an intense final lap with Vergne right at his gearbox, but the Kiwi managed to evade the challenge and claim his third win of the season. Edoardo Mortara completed the podium and finished third for Venturi Racing.
This result secures just 12 points separating the top four drivers in the Drivers’ Championship. Stoffel Vandoorne’s Mercedes is five points clear of Vergne, followed by Mortara by two points and Evans by another five points.
Round five of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship brought Toyota Gazoo Racing’s winning streak to an end as Hyundai Motorsport‘s Ott Tänak took top honors at the Sardinia Rally. It’s Hyundai’s first win of the new Rally1 hybrid era and the Estonian driver’s first since Arctic Rally Finland in 2021. Craig Breen was second for M-Sport Ford, while Tänak’s teammate Dani Sordo was third. Toyota Gazoo Racing Kalle Rovenpera maintains a healthy lead in the Drivers’ Championship over Hyundai Motorsport’s Thierry Neuville.
With the BMW M Hybrid V8 we have a new LMDh challenger. It will compete in the new GTP class in the 2023 season of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. The cool details of the prototype include the iconic BMW M blue and white paintwork and the traditional kidney grille. While technical specs haven’t surfaced yet, as the name suggests, the racer is powered by a V8 hybrid engine. From today’s perspective, it will not compete in the Endurance World Championship or in Le Mans, but depending on the IMSA result, it could be used.
Next week, Formula 1 and Formula 2 return to racing at the Baku street circuit in Azerbaijan, with the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans taking place in France.