Hyundai Motorsport Report WRC round 9:
- Hyundai Motorsport has secured a podium finish in Acropolis Rally with Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja taking second place, their third top-three result of the 2021 season
- Dani Sordo and Cándido Carrera confirmed fourth spot after a battling weekend for the Spaniards in their first WRC event as a new partnership
- Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe salvaged a top-eight finish after a difficult weekend that was shaped by power steering problems on Friday
Hyundai Motorsport has claimed a second-placed podium finish in the Acropolis Rally, round nine of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and the team’s first-ever participation in the iconic event.
Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja cemented second place on the final day to finish 42.1-seconds from rally winner Kalle Rovanperä. The Estonians had been in contention for a podium finish from the very first day, as they took a stage win on Friday morning. In total, the crew scored three stage wins on their way to a third podium of the 2021 season (after victory in Arctic Rally and third in Kenya).
Dani Sordo and Cándido Carrera, in their first WRC event as a crew, completed the rally in fourth place to score manufacturer points. Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe had their chances of a strong rally result taken away on Friday, having sustained power steering issues that dropped them down the order. The Belgians fought back valiantly for the remainder of the weekend, making their way back into eighth place overall.
Sunday’s schedule saw crews tackle the longest stage of the weekend – Pyrgos (33.20km) – as well as two alternative version of Tarzan, the first run over 23.37km and a shorter 12.68km profile that was held as the Power Stage. Neuville and Tänak picked up a handful of extra points in the final stage, setting the fourth and fifth fastest times respectively.
The result sees an increased gap in the manufacturers’ standings with Hyundai Motorsport now 57 points adrift of the lead in second place. Neuville holds third in the drivers’ classification on 130 points with Tänak in fifth on 106.