Hyundai Motorsport Report WRC Round 10:
- Hyundai Motorsport has registered its best-ever finish in Rally Finland, round ten of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), with a double podium result
- Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja claimed their fourth top-three of the season with second position, taking seven stage wins over the course of the rally
- Craig Breen and Paul Nagle secured their third consecutive podium with a fine run to third place to cement another competitive weekend for the team
Hyundai Motorsport has taken a double podium result in Rally Finland, the tenth round of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), with Ott Tänak and Craig Breen completing the high-speed gravel event in second and third respectively.
The result marks the first-ever podium finishes for Hyundai Motorsport in Rally Finland, adding to the team’s victory and third place in Arctic Rally Finland earlier in the year. The team has now claimed 14 individual podium finishes after ten rounds, the most in a single season since its debut in 2014.
Sunday’s schedule covered four stages, a repeated loop of Laukaa (11.75km) and Ruuhimäki (11.12km), over a distance of just 45.74km. Tänak and co-driver Martin Järveoja cemented their second place with a trouble-free final day ahead of Breen and his compatriot Paul Nagle, who secured their fourth podium result with Hyundai Motorsport.
Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe were forced to retire from the rally on Saturday after sustaining terminal damage to their Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC engine.
Taking place on a later autumnal calendar slot, Rally Finland has offered its usual high octane rally action with a relentless rollercoaster of 19 stages on some of the fastest roads of the season. Hyundai Motorsport had only taken eight stage wins in Finland prior to this year’s event and amassed nine over this weekend underscoring a notable improvement in pace across its crews. Tänak took seven fastest times across three days of competitive action with Breen scoring two, contributing to the team’s most accomplished performance in Rally Finland to date, which has been achieved as a result of huge effort and hard work from the entire organisation