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Hyundai shines in Rallye Monte-Carlo

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The Hyundai Motorsport podium account has been opened for this year’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) where Thierry Neuville and Martin Wydaeghe took the third spot in the Rallye Monte-Carlo.

The Belgians got a move on in their first WRC crew event to advance into the podium positions on the final day. They took an impressive second place Sunday?s opening stage (SS12 Puget-Theniers – La Penne) and  a second stage win of the weekend (SS13 Briançonnet – Entrevaux) to firmly plant them in the third seat.

Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio took the second-fastest time at the start of the repeated loop and confirmed their fifth-place finish in the Power Stage. After Ott Tänak and Martin Jarveoja retirement, Hyundai Motorsport had two crews on the final day still Hyundai Motorsport has taken 30 points in the opening round of the season.

Comments from the crew

Neuville said: “A challenging start to the new season for us, especially after a late co-driver change. We were able to find a solution to be competitive and, step by step, Martijn and I were able to find more confidence in the car to improve our collaboration and to improve our speed day by day. To finish on the podium is a satisfying result considering the situation we have faced. The job in the car has been really impressive considering the difficulties of Monte.”

Sordo said: “We haven?t had a very good rally, so to take some manufacturers? points away is some consolation. From the beginning, we have not really been on the pace and I am not particularly happy with myself, to be honest. We have faced some incredibly tricky stages and there have been some parts where I have just lacked confidence.

“The only thing we?ve been able to do is survive: to bring the car home and to score points for the team. At the end of the year, they could be very important. We need to reset and go to the next one with full power. It is sad to finish my partnership with Carlos – we?ve had some good results over the years, and it?s been great to work with him.”

Team principal Andrea Adamo said: “This rally has finished in the same way it has gone all weekend. Clearly, it has been totally wrong. I don?t know if it is the approach of the people, or whatever, but today we have again shown our limits. For sure, it was not the case to push because we were just licking our wounds and trying to get ahead.

“I personally have to have a deep rethink on many things, because what I have seen this weekend is far from something to make me proud and happy. Something in the approach has to be changed.

“I would like to add a final word for Carlos to mark his final event with our team; to extend my thanks to him for his efforts over the past three seasons, including two memorable victories alongside Dani in Sardinia. We wish him well in the next chapter of his career.”

Where will the next Rally take place?

The second round of FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) will take place at the new Arctic Rally Finland. This will be from 26 to 28 February around Rovaniemi and it is sure to mix things up and provide competitors with icy challenges.  

 

Final results in Rallye Monte-Carlo:

 

1

S. Ogier/J. Ingrassia

Toyota Yaris WRC

2:56:33.7

2

E. Evans/S. Martin

Toyota Yaris WRC

+32.6

3

T. Neuville/M.Wydaeghe

Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC

+1:13.5

4

K. Rovanperä/J. Halttunen

Toyota Yaris WRC

+2:33.6

5

D. Sordo/C. del Barrio

Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC

+3:14.2

6

T. Katsuta/D. Barritt

Toyota Yaris WRC

+7:01.3

7

A. Mikkelsen/0. Fløene

Škoda Fabia R5

+7:23.6

8

G. Greensmith/E. Edmondson

Ford Fiesta WRC

+8:21.1

9

A. Fourmaux/R. Jamoul

Ford Fiesta R5

+9:15.8

10

E. Camilli/F. Buresi

Citroën C3 R5

+10:41.0

 

 

2021 WRC Manufacturers? standings after round 1:

 

1

Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team

52

2

Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team

30

3

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

10

4

Hyundai 2C Competition

8

 

 

2021 WRC Drivers? standings after round 1:

 

1

S. Ogier

30

2

E. Evans

21

3

T. Neuville

17

4

K. Rovanperä

16

5

D. Sordo

11

6

T. Katsuta

8

 

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