Hyundai Motorsport preview WRC round 4: Rally Estonia.
- Hyundai Motorsport returns to competitive FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) action for the first time in six months as Rally Estonia hosts round four of the revised 2020 season
- Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul, Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja and Craig Breen/Paul Nagle will return to the cockpit of the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC in a brand-new event for the series
- Hyundai Motorsport has competed in a number of regional events in recent weeks as the team aims to resume its WRC campaign with a competitive Estonian showing
The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) returns to action this week following an enforced six-month pause with a brand-new event, Rally Estonia, joining a revised 2020 calendar.
Hyundai Motorsport will field a three-car entry into the rally - round four of the season - with Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul, Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja and Craig Breen/Paul Nagle competing in the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.
The team is eager to resume its championship defense following mixed fortunes in the opening three rounds earlier in the year. Victory in Monte-Carlo was followed by consecutive podiums in Sweden and Mexico before the global pandemic put a stop to international motorsport.
Heading to Estonia, which will represent familiar territory for local crew Tänak and Järveoja, the team holds second place in the manufacturers’ standings on 89 points. Two consecutive second places for the crew, in their first season with Hyundai Motorsport, sees Tänak hold fifth place in the drivers’ classification. Monte-Carlo winner Neuville, meanwhile, lies in third place but the Belgian is ready to mount a fightback on Estonian gravel stages, which he last contested in 2012.
Breen will compete in his second WRC event of the season, having joined the team at Rally Sweden back in February. The Irishman is well acquainted with the Estonian roads from four previous events in the country.