The first victory for Hyundai Motorsport came at the end of March when Thierry Neuville managed to grab first place at the final speed test due to Elfyn Evans’ punctured tyre, while teammate Dani Sordo claimed fourth despite brake problems and Sebastien Leob finishing eighth. Hyundai Motorsport took an early season lead at 114 pts, 12 pts ahead of its nearest rival.
A quick back-to-back win followed at the Xion Rally Argentina in April as Thierry Neuville stretch his series lead to 10 pts after 5 rounds. Team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen finished 48.4 sec after the Belgian and Dani Sordo in sixth place stretching Hyundai Motorsports’ lead to 157 pts.
Another late drama to the finish line allowed Dani Sordo to earned his first victory in a Hyundai i20 WRC and second WRC victory. An emotional end for Sordo as he earned a hard fought 13.7 sec victory.
Thierry Neuville fought till the end, but even a third victory at the Rally de Espana was not enough to beat eventual winner Ott Tanak. But with Dani Sordo and Sebastian Loeb’s third and fourth finish respectively, Hyundai Motorsport extended its manufacturers’ lead to 18 pts. After the unfortunate events in Australia, Hyundai Motorsport is crowned the FIA World Rally Championship 2019 Champions.