Hyundai Motorsport Team's 4th WRC season is underway.
The participants in the 2017 WRC season will be competing in 13 rounds across 4 continents,
from January to November. Every location features unique characteristics which make each rally
even more special and exciting.
2017 WRC Season!
Preview: Aiming to end on a high in Rally Australia
Ten months after preparing for the short trip to Monte-Carlo for the start of the 2017 championship, we face our longest trip – all the way to Australia for the season finale.
With three victories, ten individual podiums, 77 stage wins and 54 Power Stage points, there have been plenty of highlights so far this year. Despite missing out on the Manufacturers’ title, we are in positive spirits as we aim to finish on a high.
“We approach Rally Australia with every hope and intention that we can deliver a strong all-round team performance,” said our Team Principal Michel. “We have all the ingredients to be competitive.”
Our recipe for success in Australia will include a three-car entry. Hayden, alongside co-driver Seb, will compete in front of travelling fans from New Zealand. Thierry and Nicolas will be looking to secure second in the drivers’ table, while Andreas and Anders head ‘down under’ as defending winners.
Home and dry
“It is always nice to head back to our side of the world,” said Hayden. “It’s as close to a home rally as we get. The support we receive from the fans is unreal. We want to give them a good show – and something to shout about!”
Second place in Wales Rally GB moved Thierry back up to second in the Drivers’ classification. Although he cannot catch recently crowned champion Sébastien Ogier, a strong result in Australia will cement the runner-up slot.
“It will be nice to finish the season with a great atmosphere and some Australian summer sunshine,” commented Thierry. “We know we have the technical package to compete at the front, so with some luck I am hopeful we can do what we need to do.”
And the winner is…
In their third WRC event with our team, Andreas and Anders return to the scene of their triumph twelve months ago. Our Norwegian duo narrowly missed out on a podium in Wales, but there is every chance they can go one step further in Australia.
“Winning in 2016 is a great memory, and I hope we can be in the mix again with Hyundai Motorsport,” said Andreas. “It would be an amazing way to end the season and to prepare for a full campaign in 2018.”
Based at Coffs Harbour, Rally Australia covers 21 stages over a distance of 318.33km. The dusty, gravel event gets underway on Friday 17 November with new stages in the Australian forest.
“If we can put all the pieces together, I hope we can not only be in the hunt for victory, but also fighting for the podium with multiple cars,” concludes Michel.
Day 3: Second secured in the Manufacturers’ Championship
On a day of mixed feelings, we have achieved a strong podium finish in Wales Rally GB with Thierry and Nicolas completing the event in second position.
Our Belgians made a spectacular comeback after incurring a ten-second penalty on the rally’s opening stage. Registering five stage wins, including maximum points on the Power Stage, they claimed their seventh podium of the 2017 season in style.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to stop Sébastien Ogier from taking his fifth WRC title, or M-Sport from claiming the Manufacturers’ title. Second place still marked our best ever result in Wales Rally GB.
“Our congratulations go to M-Sport and Sébastien for taking the titles this weekend,” said our Team Principal Michel. “They have had the strongest overall package this season. That’s the way to win the Championship.”
“It has been a really exciting battle this year,” added Thierry. “Although we have had our moments of misfortune, we have enjoyed some great fights along the way.”
With Andreas and Anders finishing fourth in their second event with our team, we were able to guarantee second place in the Manufacturers’ Championship.
Progress makes perfect
Sunday’s schedule made for an entertaining final day of action with 12 seconds separating second to sixth positions at the start of the morning. The close battle kept crews fighting until the very end, and ensured a thrilling finale.
Andreas and Anders were able to move up to fourth with two stage wins on the final morning, finishing just four seconds from the podium.
“We wanted to show progress from Spain and we definitely did that,” said Andreas. “The battle for the podium was really close and I am pleased that we could finish so close to Séb. Fourth place in our second event with Hyundai Motorsport is pretty good.”
Hayden and Seb completed the rally in eighth place, two ahead of Dani and Marc, following a tough weekend for both crews.
“The result isn’t what we wanted,” commented Hayden, “but we have started to regain our confidence in the car, and just enjoy ourselves a bit more. We can now reset and refocus our efforts on Rally Australia, where we have our sights set much higher.”
For our Spanish crew, Wales Rally GB represented their final rally of the 2017 season.
“We haven’t had the confidence that we needed to mount a stronger attack this weekend,” admitted Dani. “It isn’t the result we know we are capable of. Although I am not competing in Australia, we will be hoping for a competitive event for the team as we prepare to come back stronger in 2018.”
Despite conceding the Manufacturers’ title to M-Sport, we are still able to reflect on a competitive weekend.
“We did all we could and saw much improved performance from our crews and cars,” concluded Michel. “We established ourselves as ‘best of the rest’ after an imperious Elfyn Evans, who fully deserved his home win. We will now aim for a competitive conclusion to the season in Australia.”
The final round of the 2017 WRC season, Rally Australia, will take place from 16-19 November.
Final Overall Classification – Wales Rally GB
1 E. Evans D. Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC 2:57:00.6
2 T. Neuville N. Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +37.3
3 S. Ogier J. Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC +45.2
4 A. Mikkelsen A. Jæger Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +49.8
5 J. M. Latvala M. Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC +50.3
6 O. Tänak M. Järveoja Ford Fiesta WRC +1:02.3
7 K. Meeke P. Nagle Citroën C3 WRC +1:20.5
8 H. Paddon S. Marshall Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +2:16.3
9 E. Lappi J. Fern Toyota Yaris WRC +2:46.5
10 D. Sordo M. Martí Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +3:50.5
2017 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings
After round 12
1 S. Ogier 2151 S. Ogier 215
2 T. Neuville 183
3 O. Tanak 169
4 J.M Latvala 136
5 E. Evans 118
6 D. Sordo 95
7 J. Hänninen 71
8 K. Meeke 70
9 C. Breen 64
10 H. Paddon 59
11 A. Mikkelsen 52
2017 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings
After round 12
1M-Sport World Rally Team398
3Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team241
4Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team210
All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.
Day 2: Close fight for second in Wales Rally GB
Our crews have been firmly in the thick of the action on the longest day of Wales Rally GB action.
The i20 Coupe WRCs were at the sharp end of the classification throughout Saturday as we claimed top-three times in each of the nine contested stages.
The gruelling itinerary began at 7.55am with the opening stage, Aberhirnant, and concluded over twelve hours later with a night run through Dyfnant. Daylight running made way for complicated fog in the evening, with several of our crews hitting the worst conditions.
Saturday night fever
Thierry and Nicolas remained our top crew on Saturday, finishing in third place just 0.5s from championship leader Sébastien Ogier.
Adding two more stage wins to their tally with strong runs through SS13 (Dyfi 2) and SS14 (Cholmondeley Castle), our Belgians had established a firm hold on second place. Unfortunately, despite fighting hard in the tricky fog conditions, they dropped to third overall, just 0.5s from championship leader Sébastien Ogier.
“Overall, it was a better day than Friday in terms of the driving, more consistent and we were able to make up a good chunk of time,” said Thierry. “We honestly could not have gone any faster.”
Five star performance
Andreas and Anders set five top-three stage times as they moved into fifth overall. Despite struggling with the position of their light pods on the tough night stages, our Norwegians are well placed for the final five stages.
“On the whole, we have had a good day,” reflected Andreas. “The daylight stages were particularly positive. We benefitted from a better starting position today so we wanted to capitalise on that and regain some time. We were able to achieve that and were not far off the lead times. The car set-up was amazing.”
Meanwhile, our Kiwi Hayden and his British co-driver Seb enjoyed a strong end to their Saturday, with the second best time in the Aberhirnant fog.
“It was the same conditions for everyone, but I was able to trust Seb implicitly on the pace notes, so we could push that bit more,” said Hayden.
It was certainly a better finish after they experienced a front-left puncture in SS9 (Dyfnant) and hydraulic issues in SS13 (Dyfi), which lost them time.
A tough day for our Spaniards Dani and Marc saw them drop to tenth overall. Despite finishing second in the short Cholmondeley Castle stage, it was a difficult Saturday.
“The car has performed well, mostly, but we haven’t been able to make progress,” commented Dani. “This rally is very special and unique, but so far I haven’t been able to dial into it fully.”
Podium in sight
Our Team Principal Michel is hopeful that we can put our run of misfortune behind us with a push for the podium: “Sunday’s stages will offer yet more challenges for all four of our crews, but I think we are in a strong position to fight for the podium, possibly with more than one crew. ”
Sunday’s itinerary is made up of five runs. The 10.41km Alwen and 6.43km Brenig stages will both be run twice, the latter as the Power Stage. Sandwiched in between will be the 7.49km Gwydir test, bringing the total distance for the final day to 41.17km.
Overall Classification after Day Two
1 E. Evans D. Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC 2:32:39.2
2 S. Ogier J. Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC +53.1
3 T. Neuville N. Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +53.6
4 J. M. Latvala M. Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC +57.7
5 A. Mikkelsen A. Jæger Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +1:03.6
6 O. Tänak M. Järveoja Ford Fiesta WRC +1:06.1
7 K. Meeke P. Nagle Citroën C3 WRC +1:27.6
8 H. Paddon S. Marshall Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +2:04.0
9 E. Lappi J. Fern Toyota Yaris WRC +2:41.0
10 D. Sordo M. Martí Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +3:35.8
All WRC cars are built upon roadcars.
Only models manufactured for the general public with over 25,000 units produced
per year are eligible to compete in the WRC, and modifications with special materials
like titanium, magnesium, and ceramics are prohibited.
We will be publishing exclusive interviews with each of our Key drivers during the season,
where you can discover more about their respective backgrounds
and the vital roles they play on our team.
The i20 WRC puts a suspension optimized for the WRC in a new chassis with enhanced
torsional rigidity. The body features newly designed aeroparts to improve driving stability,
a turbocharged 1,600cc engine with 380 horsepower, a 6-speed sequential racing transmission,
and a competent four-wheel drive system. The i20 WRC is the culmination
of the latest in high-performance technology.
|Hyundai i20 Coupe||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC|
|blue 1.0 T-GDI||Type||Hyundai Motorsport turbocharged
engine with direct injection
|172 NM||Torque||~ 450NM|
|6 speed manual||Transmission||6 speed sequential|
|Front wheel drive||Drive Train||Four wheel drive|
|10.2 sec||0 - 100 km/h||< 4 sec|
Pilot Sport for tarmac, A41 for snow/ice tarmac, X-Ice North for ice/snow gravel, Latitude Cross for gravel
Type : Hyundai Motorsport turbocharged engine with direct injection
Displacement : 1,600cc
Bore / Stroke : 83/73.9
Power (max.) : 380hp at 6,500 RPM
Torque (max.) : 450Nm at 5,500 RPM
Air restrictor : 36mm
Seats : Sabelt
Belts : Sabelt, multiple fixing points belts with adjustable straps
Engine Control Unit : Magneti Marelli SRG unit
Lubrication : Shell Helix Ultra
Fuel tank capacity : 80 liters
Fuel : FIA approved fuel
Type : 4-wheel drive
Gearbox : sequential gearbox, six forward gears and one reverse with paddle shift on steering
Differential : Hydraulic in center, mechanical with ramps in front and rear
Clutch : cerametallic twin-disk
|Chassis / Bodywork||
Structure : Steel bodyshell with welded multi-point roll cage
Bodywork : Steel and composite fiber panels
Length / Width : 4,100/1,875mm
Track width : 1,665mm
Wheel base : 2,570mm
Weight min. : 1,190kg
Weight max. : 1,350kg with driver and co-driver
|21||Ole Christian Veiby||1||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1||-|
In 2016, the Hyundai Motorsport Team finished second in the manufacturer category with 12 podium finishes, including 2 in first place. This was a huge development compared to just 1 first place finish and 4 podiums in 2015.
The Hyundai Motorsport Team, which unveiled the i20 WRC race car based on the new i20 in 2016, will take another leap forward towards winning the competition with a new race car based on the new i20 coupe in 2017.
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Thierry Neuville, who was in a slump during the early stages of the season, turned it around to win the Rally Italy in the mid-season, and took to the podium 5 times after that. In the end, he was able to take 2nd place in the individual standings overall.
Responding to the overwhelming support from his home fans in Spain, Dani Sordo led for most of the race in 1st place, but after losing the lead in stage 14, he had to settle for a result of 2nd. Nevertheless, Thierry Neuville brought the silver lining by rallying into 3rd, giving the team a double podium in this exciting race.
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