Hyundai Motorsport: Rally México Report.
11 March, 2019
- Hyundai Motorsport has concluded Rally México with Thierry Neuville in fourth overall, Dani Sordo in ninth and Andreas Mikkelsen in 11th place
- Sordo scored important manufacturer points for a top-ten finish, having fought for the rally lead earlier in the weekend
- Neuville and Sordo both added extra points to their respective drivers’ championship totals with solid runs to third and fourth in the Power Stage
Hyundai Motorsport has added important points to its FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ total with Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo scoring for their respective fourth and ninth place finishes in Rally México.
Sunday’s itinerary included the 21km Alfaro test, the 25.07km Mesa Cuata stage (including large sections of the El Chocolate route), as well as the rally-ending 10.72km Las Minas Power Stage.
There was little drama on the final day with all crews focused on bringing home as many points as possible after a learning weekend for the team.
Neuville used the final three stages to cement a hard-fought fourth position. The result concluded a tough event for the Belgian, which was dictated by a slow puncture on Friday morning, and an unfavourable road position throughout the event.
Neuville and Sordo both added extra points to their individual championship totals for finishing third and fourth in the Power Stage.
Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Crew Notes: Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Mikkelsen said: “It’s easy to dwell on the missed opportunities this weekend, but it is important that we look at the many positives. The i20 Coupe WRC performed much more to my liking on these gravel stages, and that was reflected in our competitive stage times on Friday. Obviously, we weren’t able to fight for the sort of result we were capable of scoring but that’s rallying sometimes. The final day was clean and we had a decent run through the Power Stage. It was my first attempt at Las Minas as I missed out on Friday afternoon. It wasn’t perfect but another useful lesson.”
Final Overall Classification - Rally México
|1||S. Ogier||J. Ingrassia||Citroën C3 WRC||3:37:08.0|
|2||O. Tänak||M. Järveoja||Toyota Yaris WRC||+30.2|
|3||E. Evans||S. Martin||Ford Fiesta WRC||+49.9|
|4||T. Neuville||N. Gilsoul||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+1:27.0|
|5||K. Meeke||S. Marshall||Toyota Yaris WRC||+6:06.2|
|6||B. Guerra||J. Zapata||Škoda Fabia R5||+15:35.5|
|7||M. Bulacia||F. Cretu||Škoda Fabia R5||+18:51.5|
|8||J.M Latvala||M. Anttila||Toyota Yaris WRC||+18:55.9|
|9||D. Sordo||C. del Barrio||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+22:44.1|
|10||R. Triviño||M. Martí||Škoda Fabia R5||+26:21.7|
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings (after round 3)
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings (after round 3)
|1||Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team||86|
|2||Citroën Total World Rally Team||78|
|3||Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team||77|
|4||M-Sport Ford World Rally Team||45|