Hyundai Motorsport WRC Round 3: Rally México Report.
Hyundai Motorsport has secured its third podium result of the 2020 FIA WRC.
08 October, 2019
Hyundai Motorsport has completed Wales Rally GB, the 12th round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), with a podium finish as Thierry Neuville secured second place on the final day.
The Belgian, alongside co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, ended the rally just 10.9-seconds adrift of the rally winner, to net the team’s 11th individual podium of the season so far, and equaling its best result in the Welsh event.
Sunday’s five stages were reduced to four with the cancellation of Great Orme (SS20) on safety grounds. That left just 33.68km of competitive stages on the schedule for crews to fulfil their objectives: two runs through Alwen (10.41km) and Brenig (6.43km).
Andreas Mikkelsen had hoped to make up ground in his incredibly close battle with Elfyn Evans during SS20, having lost a position to the Welshman on Sunday’s opening stages. The Norwegian crew, however, had to settle for sixth place overall.
Craig Breen brought his Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC home in eighth after his roll on Saturday ended any hopes of a stronger result.
Hyundai Motorsport has seen its lead in the manufacturers’ championship reduced to eight points with 86 up for grabs in the final two events of the season. Scoring one extra point in the Brenig Power Stage, in addition to the 18 for second place, Neuville has increased his drivers’ championship tally to 199, 41 points from the leader.
Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Crew Notes: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger-Amland (#89 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Crew Notes: Craig Breen/Paul Nagle (#42 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Team Director Andrea Adamo: “We complete Wales Rally GB with another podium and still leading the manufacturers’ championship. This is the positive on which we will focus. Thanks, especially, to Thierry and Nicolas who drove an amazing rally from start to finish. Andreas and Anders brought home some points that help keep us in the lead, albeit by a smaller margin. Sadly, Craig and Paul’s crash compromised their rally. I can’t say we are happy with the overall result but being top of the standings will give us more commitment, if any more were needed,to be stronger in the final rallies. ”
Final Overall Classification - Wales Rally GB
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings (after round 12)
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings (after round 12)