Wales is tough, but the fight goes on !
Our Belgian crew Thierry and Nicolas fought back from their Saturday setback to claim a top-five result in Wales Rally GB, and retain the lead of the drivers’ championship.
With just two rallies remaining on the 2018 calendar – Spain and Australia – the title chase is heating up. Thierry holds just a seven-point advantage over Wales Rally GB winner Sébastien Ogier with Ott Tanak in third. A tough weekend for our team with Andreas/Anders in sixth and Hayden/Seb in seventh also saw us lose ground in the manufacturers’ table. We are now 20 points behind Toyota, with a maximum of 86 left to score. Power up Sunday’s schedule included five stages. The 10km Elsi stage kicked off proceedings before crews were faced with the 14.76km Gwydir Power Stage, taking place earlier in the final day than usual. There was no opportunity for a practice run in the slippery conditions, so it was a leap into the unknown. Thierry set the fourth fastest time to add two extra points to his championship total. “We have given it everything this weekend,” said Thierry. “We can’t dwell on what has happened in recent rallies. We have to pick ourselves up and fight for overall victory in the final rounds. It’s in our hands.” Three wins and a little malady Having claimed three stage wins on Saturday, Andreas was hoping to continue his upward momentum. Unfortunately, he picked up an illness, which prevented him from achieving more than sixth place. “I was feeling really bad, so I wasn’t able to watch any videos in preparation for the final morning,” he said. “Thankfully we were able to complete the rally but not in the sort of position we need to be finishing.” Hayden and Seb brought their Wales Rally GB to an end in seventh place. “With only 11 seconds between fourth and eighth it was a close fight,” said Hayden. “There are some positives to take away even if the result doesn’t do us justice.” Our Team Principal Michel summarised: “We have allowed ourselves to fall behind in the championship and now have just two rallies remaining from which we can bounce back. It will be an uphill battle but we have to give it everything possible.”
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Inspired by Motorsport – the proven track record of Hyundai For the last four years Hyundai Motorsport has participated successfully in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), regarded as one of the most challenging and diverse motor sport disciplines. Away from the rally environment, Hyundai Motorsport has also begun testing the i30 TCR. 2013 Launch of i20 WRC which arrives amid great expectation. 2014 Re-entry to the World Rally Championship with i20, WRC Hyundai Motorsport takes 4 podiums and finishes the WRC in 4th position in the manufacturer standings. 2015 Launch of the Hyundai high performance N line up at the Frankfurt Motor Show with the concept cars N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo and RM15. Hyundai takes another 4 podiums and finishes the WRC in 3rd position, making a positive step in performance. 2016 Launch of high-performance racing concepts RM16 at Busan Motor Show and RM 30 at Paris Motor Show takes place. Hyundai secures an amazing 7 podiums and finishes the WRC in 2nd position. 2017 The dawn of a new era in the sport with the introduction of new technical regulations resulting in more distinctive, powerful and dramatic-looking WRC cars. Launch of Hyundai’s first mass-produced high-performance car the i30 N takes place on January 4th in the UK Hyundai has 6 podiums in half of the season and ranks 2nd in the WRC drivers and team rankings with much more to come. Hyundai’s high-performance concepts have been derived partly due toe the technical development of the WRC cars. With the WRC Program acting as the launch pad for the ground breaking i30 N Road Car development plan. During the races, with cars competing on roads of gravel, tarmac, snow and ice, the Hyundai Motor engineers identified further refinement and potential performance enhancements for the i30 N which was available to the specific team responsible for the i30 N. Wherever Hyundai takes this exciting New Brand of Road Cars you can be sure it will be done at speed !