February 17, 2019 – Hyundai Motorsport has taken its second consecutive podium result of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) as Thierry Neuville finished in third place in a closely contested battle on the concluding day of Rally Sweden.
Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul mounted a strong campaign during the weekend, having been down in seventh at the end of Friday’s stages. The Belgian duo ended the 19-stage event just three seconds from second-placed Esapekka Lappi after a determined performance.
Norwegians Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger-Amland were also in the podium hunt and finished in fourth overall, fending off M-Sport’s Elfyn Evans. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena took seventh to ensure all three Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC cars completed all 316km of special stages reliably.
Sunday’s itinerary featured two runs of the 21.19km Likenäs stage, followed by a return to the 8.93km Torsby route – first run late on Friday evening – which acted as the Power Stage on Sunday lunchtime. Pushing to secure a podium result, Neuville added four extra points for finishing second in the Power Stage, to boost his drivers’ championship total. He holds second place on 40 points and will start second on the road on the dusty gravel roads of Rally México next time out.
Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Mikkelsen said: “We gave it all we could this weekend, and it was an exciting right to the end. Of course, we would have preferred to finish on the podium but congratulations to Thierry for his result. It is a pretty good team result for here; third and fourth gives us important points, but we know it could have been better. In conditions like we have faced, it is a high-risk strategy to push too hard. Today, we wanted to maintain a good pace but not do anything crazy to jeopardise our position. As a team, we have all three cars at the end of the rally and we can take a lot of lessons forward into future events. Thanks to all the fans for showing us such great support this weekend.”
Crew Notes: Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (#19 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Loeb said: “It has been a complicated weekend, with a lot of ups and downs. I am happy to have made it to the end of the rally. We have set some good times during the event and we have been able to learn a lot more about the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, which is very useful for the future. In the end, looking at these positives, it has been a satisfactory weekend but with room for further improvement.”
Team Director Andrea Adamo: “I think we can summarise our weekend results as ‘could have been worse, should have been better’. Our three crews pushed to the limit of what they could do in tricky conditions, and we appreciate the efforts they have all gone to this weekend. All three cars finished the rally, which is testament to the ability of the crews and the reliability of the i20 Coupe WRC. The pace has been evident in the first two rounds of the season, but we need to keep pushing for more, as we head to Rally México, which will be a completely different challenge.”
Final Overall Classification – Rally Sweden
|1||O. Tänak||M. Järveoja||Toyota Yaris WRC||2:47:30.0|
|2||E. Lappi||J. Ferm||Citroën C3 WRC||+53.7|
|3||T. Neuville||N. Gilsoul||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+56.7|
|4||A. Mikkelsen ||A. Jæger-Amland||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+1:05.4|
|5||E. Evans||S. Martin||Ford Fiesta WRC||+1:08.2|
|6||K. Meeke||S. Marshall||Toyota Yaris WRC||+1:38.8|
|7||S. Loeb||D. Elena||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+1:49.7|
|8||P. Tidemand||O. Fløene||Ford Fiesta WRC||+3:37.7|
|9||O. Veiby||J. Andersson||Volkswagen Polo GTI R5||+6:34.0|
|10||J. Tuohino||M. Markkula||Ford Fiesta WRC||+8:21.4|
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings After round 2
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings After round 2
|1||Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team||58|
|2||Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team||57|
|3||Citroën Total World Rally Team||47|
|4||M-Sport Ford World Rally Team||30|
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