Hyundai Motorsport WRC round 6: Rally Italia Sardegna.
Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio celebrated a sensational repeat of their result from 2019, securing their second-ever victory for Hyundai Motorsport after an impressive performance in the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul made it a 1-2 for Hyundai Motorsport as they ended the 16-stage rally in second place overall, securing the position with a hard push on the Power Stage. It marks their third top-three result of the season and moves Neuville up to third in the drivers’ standings.
Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja, having lost time and positions due to a suspension issue on Friday morning, finished in sixth place overall, but took some consolation from setting the fastest time in the Power Stage.
The result marks Hyundai Motorsport’s fourth win on the Sardinian gravel rally - and third in a row - while Sordo and Del Barrio become the third different crew to triumph for the team in 2020. The performance underscores the improvements made to the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC car this season and the strength in depth of the team’s driver line-up.
Sunday’s itinerary covered familiar but challenging roads, a repeated loop of the 14.06km Cala Flumini and 6.89km Sassari-Argentiera stages. In only their second WRC event of the season, the Spanish crew had scored five stage wins on the opening days to establish a healthy 27-second lead heading into the final morning. However, losing time on both runs through Cala Flumini, the crew saw their advantage diminish to less than ten seconds ahead of the Power Stage.
Meanwhile, Neuville was giving his maximum to overhaul a 1.5-second deficit to second-placed Sébastien Ogier on the final stages of the rally. The Belgian added a second stage win of the rally in SS14, the first run through Sassari-Argentiera, and completed the job on the repeat of that stage to finish the rally just one second ahead of Ogier and 5.1-seconds behind their Spanish team-mates.