Hyundai Motorsport Report
WRC round 8:
Ypres Rally Belgium.
- Hyundai Motorsport has stormed to an emphatic 1-2 result in Ypres Rally Belgium, round eight of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
- Belgian crew Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe excelled in their home event to register their first victory as a partnership, and Neuville’s 14th in total for the team
- Craig Breen and Paul Nagle took their second consecutive podium finish in second place, while Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja added three more stage wins on the final day
Hyundai Motorsport has registered its first 1-2 finish of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe securing a fairytale first victory as a crew in their home event, Ypres Rally Belgium.
Craig Breen and Paul Nagle cemented back-to-back podium finishes for the team with an equally impressive run to second overall on a weekend where Hyundai Motorsport crews dominated. Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja, in their first-ever participation at Ypres, finished sixth after a puncture on Saturday morning dropped the duo out of contention.
All three Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team crews took turns to lead the rally with Tänak taking the first stage win of the weekend on Friday morning. Breen took over at the top for two stages before home hero Neuville assumed the advantage from SS4 (Zonnebeke), and never relinquished control.
On the final morning, the rally headed to the renowned Spa-Francorchamps circuit, nestled in the Ardennes forest, for four very different stages to those that held around Ypres. Sunday’s itinerary – including two runs of Stavelot (9.05km) and Francorchamps (11.21km) – was not without its challenges with crews needing maximum focus over the final 40.52km of the event.
A masterful and assured performance earned the Belgian crew their first win of the season, and Neuville’s 14th in total for Hyundai Motorsport. With Breen and Nagle putting in another competitive drive to second place, the team has scored important points for the manufacturers’ championship. Tänak added three more stage wins on the final morning – bringing the team’s total for the weekend to 15 – including maximum points in the Power Stage.
Hyundai Motorsport now has 307 points in the manufacturers’ championship, 41 behind the leaders, while Neuville has moved into joint-second place in the drivers’ table, equal on 124 points with Elfyn Evans.