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Year One Fact File.


21 November 2014

Alzenau, Germany

November 21, 2014 – For the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship has been full of highlights, memories and firsts. The team has made a positive impact in its maiden season, bravely carrying out a comprehensive year of development with the Hyundai i20 WRC in the very public and extremely competitive WRC environment.

It was an ambitious target for the new team to make the start of Rallye Monte Carlo but this initial objective was achieved comfortably. The subsequent rallies would deliver above and beyond the team’s modest targets: a maiden podium in Mexico (Round 3) was followed in Portugal by the team’s first ever stage wins. Later in the season, at the team’s home rally in Germany (Round 10), it secured Hyundai’s first ever WRC victory, a 1-2 result and its first ever Power Stage points.

The WRC community has welcomed Hyundai Motorsport with open arms, which has helped the team to settle into its new surroundings quickly. The primary objective has remained unchanged: to finish each rally with all cars. However, as the numbers show, 2014 has been a season to remember for the team for so many more reasons.

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “We have been very pleased with the outcome of our debut season in the extremely competitive World Rally Championship. We were under no illusions how tough this season would be but we have learned a lot from this testing year – and accumulated some very good results along the way. From a blank sheet of paper, we have built a team of 120 dedicated professionals, developed a competitive Hyundai i20 WRC car and achieved a number of important milestones. We have taken our first stage wins, our maiden podium and a memorable 1-2 in Germany – a day I am sure none of us in the team will ever forget. To all of our supporters, partners and fans, thank you for joining us on this fantastic ride. I’d also like to thank each and every one of our team for their individual contributions to this season. The statistics and numbers tell a fantastic story, but it is the tireless work behind the scenes at Hyundai Motorsport which has made it all possible.”

The Road to Monte Carlo

The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team began its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in January 2014 with the shortest preparation time for any new manufacturer ever. There were just 394 days between the formation of Hyundai Motorsport GmbH on 19 December 2012 and the opening competitive day of Rallye Monte-Carlo on 16 January 2014.
During the team’s preparation year in 2013, the brand new Hyundai i20 WRC completed 8,000km of testing across 16 sessions in order to prepare for Monte-Carlo.

In the Driving Seat

12 people have buckled into the cockpit of the Hyundai i20 WRC in rallies this season: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul, Juho Hänninen/Tomi Tuominen, Dani Sordo/Marc Martí, Hayden Paddon/John Kennard, Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri and Chris Atkinson/Stéphane Prévot.
In addition, one rally legend has tasted the delights of the Hyundai i20 WRC – Marcus Grönholm drove the car at the Helsinki Battle in Finland.
As lead crew in the #7 Hyundai i20 WRC, Belgians Neuville/Gilsoul started all 13 WRC events this season.
Spaniards Sordo/Martí are the only crew to have competed with two differently numbered Hyundai i20 WRCs this year, driving the #20 car in Portugal and the #8 on five other occasions at Monte Carlo, Argentina, Germany, France and Spain.
Hänninen/Tuominen have competed in six rallies with the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC, while Paddon/Kennard have also had six events in the #20 car.
Atkinson/Prévot and Bouffier/Panseri have each taken part in two WRC events.
Between them, Hyundai drivers amassed 193 Drivers’ Championship points and the two teams (Hyundai Shell World Rally Team and Hyundai Motorsport N) collected 215 in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

That Winning Feeling

In its first season, Hyundai Shell World Rally Team became rally winners with a sensational 1-2 at the team’s home event, Rallye Deutschland – the first ever WRC win for Hyundai.
Hyundai was just one of two manufacturers to win a WRC event in 2014, the other being Volkswagen.
The result was even more impressive given the dramatic events in shakedown in which Neuville rolled his #7 Hyundai i20 WRC. The excellent work of the team’s mechanics, who pulled an 18 hour shift to repair the car, ensured the result was possible.

Stepping Up to the Podium

In its debut season, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has taken to the podium in three rallies (Mexico, Poland and Germany) with four podiums finishes in total thanks to the team’s 1-2 in Rallye Deutschland.
It was just 460 days from the very first Hyundai i20 WRC test on 21 May 2013 to the first victory on 24 August 2014.

On-Stage Success

The team registered its first 1-2 in stage at Italy-Sardinia (SS2 Terranova Nord and SS3 Terranova Sud).
Neuville, Sordo and Hänninen all led a rally at some point during the season.
A total of 57 top three stage times were set by Hyundai Shell World Rally Team drivers in 2014.
In terms of stage wins, the team’s most successful rally was Portugal (three wins in total).
In terms of top three stage times, the team’s most successful rallies were Germany (12 top three times) and Poland (ten).

Belgian Power

Thierry Neuville picked up the team’s first Power Stage points on the way to winning Rallye Deutschland.
At the final round, Wales Rally GB, Neuville did it again. He scored a further two points by setting the second fastest stage time on the final stage of the season.

Swede Dreams

In his first event for Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, Rally Sweden, Juho Hänninen was awarded the Colin’s Crest award for the longest jump during the Vargåsen stage – a mighty 36m.

All Around the World

The team’s trucks added a staggering total of 25,897km to their odometers during the season moving between European rounds of the WRC.
Overseas travel to Mexico, Argentina and Australia has seen the team total 100,699km of travel.
Moving the team’s WRC equipment by sea freight has covered 56,700 nautical miles.
The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team itself is made up of an average of 50 people travelling to each rally.
A total of 4,160 individual nights were spent in hotels this season based on each member of the team.
Five 12m containers were sent to overseas events containing approximately 50 tonnes of equipment (including recce cars, spare parts, tools and service area/hospitality equipment).
The three rally cars were air freighted from Frankfurt airport around the world with 3,000kg of parts.

Growing Fanbase

The team has seen a substantial rise in its online followers on social media platforms in 2014.
Twitter rose from 6,400 followers at the start of January to 19,700 at the season end, an increase of 208%.
Facebook likes rocketed from 16,300 in January to 272,000 in November, an increase of 1,569%.
900 images from WRC events were uploaded to the team’s Facebook galleries.
400 minutes of video footage uploaded to the team’s YouTube page from events, 90 videos in total with 1.2 million views to date.
69 press releases were distributed to the world’s media totalling 71,500 words from the Monte Carlo preview to this very press release!

Home away from home with Hyundai

The team turned heads from the opening round with first fully indoor, combined hospitality and service area in the WRC.
450m² of space available to utilise over two floors (ground and terrace).
It took 8-9 articulated trailers to transport equipment and materials to each European WRC event where the hospitality unit was used.
Depending on the conditions on site, it took 16 people, four to six days to install the unit and up to three days to dismantle it.
Inside, over 13,000 eggs, 200kg of pasta, 180 litres of energy drinks and 18,000 espressos were consumed by the team and guests over the duration of the season.
This resulted in a lot of dishes! More than 21,000 plates were washed over the course of the season.

Multinational Alzenau Base

The team has 120 employees working at its 8,200m² facility in Alzenau (near Frankfurt, Germany).
The staff is composed of people from 23 different countries including Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Holland, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mongolia, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan – making Hyundai Motorsport one of the most truly international outfits in WRC.
The facility is 50km from Hyundai Motor Europe‘s base in Offenbach and its Technical and Design Centre in Rüsselsheim.

And finally, who could forget…

The important role that ONE bottle of Corona would have in helping Thierry Neuville secure the team’s first podium in Mexico!
The efforts of the 10 WRC drivers who joined Hyundai Shell World Rally Team to celebrate Hyundai’s sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup during Rally Poland – an unforgettable penalty shoot-out that underlined why drivers should stick to driving! Our incredible trip to Korea in May.
The four buckets of ice cold water needed to celebrate our 1-2 in Germany with a very special take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
When Chris Atkinson gave Troy Bayliss an expletive-laden experience in the Hyundai i20 WRC after Rally Australia!
When Thierry Neuville gave Pole Position’s Rosanna Tennant an excitable drive in the #7 car which caused something of a stir on the internet!


About Hyundai Motor Company
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company, which leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars, offers top-quality best-sellers such as Elantra, Sonata and Genesis. Hyundai Motor has seven manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers outside of South Korea and in 2013, sold 4.73 million vehicles globally. With almost 100,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell.

More information about Hyundai Motor and its products can be found at: or

About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities and primarily for its World Rally Championship programme. Based in Alzenau on the outskirts of Frankfurt in Germany, the company has embarked on its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship in 2014 with a bespoke team of skilled staff and a brand new car, the Hyundai i20 WRC.

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30 September 2015

Chris Atkinson has won the latest round of the Chinese Rally Championship in the VW Golf SCRC. Atkinson won comfortably by a minute and 40 seconds from Mark Higgins in the Subaru and Manfred Stohl in a Citroen DS3.

Chen Dean in the second Golf was fifth with Li ninth in the third car.

That makes it three wins from four events for Atkinson as the Championship heads to the next round Longyou at the end of October. Longyou was the debut event for the VW Golf SCRC last year when Atkinson to its maiden win.












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La leyenda del rally Sébastien Loeb se une al “Dream Team” de Peugeot-Total.

Sebastien Loeb poses for a portrait in Peugeot Sport workshop, France, on September 21, 2015
Sébastien Loeb, el mejor piloto de rally de todos los tiempos, se enfrentará al mayor reto de su carrera al unirse por primera vez al equipo de Peugeot en el legendario Dakar del próximo mes de enero.


29 Septiembre 2015

El nueve veces campeón del WRC y plusmarquista del Pikes Peak se ha unido al equipo de Peugeot 2008DKR junto a Carlos Sainz para el Rally du Maroc del próximo mes (del 3 al 9 de octubre) antes de hacer frente al mayor reto de este deporte, el Dakar, durante 13 días en Argentina y Bolivia en 2016. Junto a él en Sudamérica también estarán Stéphane Peterhansel y Cyril Despres completando así el “dream team” de pilotos de Peugeot-Total.

El francés de 41 años, Sébastien Loeb, uno de los pilotos con más éxito de la historia de los deportes de motor con un porcentaje de victorias sin precedentes del 46,2% en el WRC dijo: “Descubrí los deportes de motor cuando tenía 18 años y empecé a competir en mis primeros rallys. Desde entonces me han interesado todo tipo de deportes de motor y el Dakar es uno de ellos. Creo que es un gran reto competir y conducir en el desierto”.

“El Dakar es completamente diferente a las carreras que hago en este momento. va a ser muy larga, más de dos semanas, y necesitas tener aguante para cuidar del conductor y del coche. Es una carrera con un enfoque distinto pero lo descubriré en enero”.

Hasta entonces, Loeb se unirá a Sainz en Marruecos para su debut en el competitivo Cross Country, aunque ya pilotó el rival de Peugeot a principios de año. Para Loeb ésta será una reunión muy especial pues ya fue compañero de equipo de Sainz durante su primera temporada completa en el Mundial de Rallys del 2003, hasta que el español se tuvo que retirar del WRC de 2004. En Marruecos Sainz pilotará el último Peugeot 2008DKR16 mientras que Loeb pilotará un coche con especificaciones de 2015.

“Cuando probé el PEUGEOT 2008DKR en junio me sorprendió muchísimo y por supuesto ha cambiado mucho desde entonces”, dijo Loeb -que en la actualidad está compitiendo en el Campeonato Mundial de Turismos de la FIA con Citroen.

“Lo que más me impactó fue lo diferente que es conducir el coche del Dakar, era una experiencia completamente nueva para mí. En el WRC acostumbro a rodear obstáculos pero con este coche puedes simplemente pasar por encima, ¡y cuesta tener la suficiente confianza en uno mismo para creer que puedes hacerlo!”

“ También estoy acostumbrado a tener notas de copiloto muy detalladas pero en el Cross Country tienes que abrirte paso e improvisar tu ruta. Esta, además, es la primera vez que he pilotado diferentes tipos de coche diesel en una competición por lo que tengo que aprender mucho pero tengo muchas ganas de hacerlo”.

Además de haber ganado más rallys, etapas especiales y campeonatos que cualquier otro piloto, Sébastien Loeb también se ha convertido en el “Rey del Peak” al batir el record del Pikes Peak Hillclimb con Peugeot y Red Bull hace dos años en América. Un triunfo épico que ya forma parte de la historia legendaria de los deportes de motor.

Ahora forma parte del mejor equipo que se haya enfrentado jamás al Dakar. Tal y como dijo el 11 veces campeón del Dakar Stéphane Peterhansel: “Sébastien Loeb es un referente del motor. Hay muy poco que yo o cualquier otro le pueda enseñar”.

El cinco veces campeón de motos Cyril Despres añadió: “Desde que cambié las dos ruedas por cuatro, la experiencia no ha hecho más que mejorar. Y saber que ahora Sébastien se une al equipo la remata aún más”.

El dos veces campeón del WRC y campeón del Dakar en 2010 Carlos Sainz, que será una vez más el compañero de Loeb en Marruecos dijo: “No tengo nada más que decir sobre Sébastien que no haya dicho ya. Por supuesto que el rally raid va a ser una nueva aventura para él, pero va a ser capaz de adaptarse sin problemas. Como yo mismo he podido comprobar aprende muy rápido”.

“El Dakar es algo que me llama, es una gran aventura”, añadió Loeb, quien ya dominó el Pikes Peak y el WTCC. “El rally en Marruecos me mostrará lo que es realmente el Cross Country, así que para mí esta es una oportunidad fantástica para aprender, en especial al lado de unos compañeros tan buenos”.

Tal y como pasó con sus nueve títulos mundiales y sus 78 victorias en el WRC hasta la fecha, Loeb tendrá como copiloto al campeón mundial de deportes de motor monegasco Daniel Elena. Marruecos marcará la vuelta de la pareja con más éxito jamás vista en la historia del motor que emprende una nueva aventura juntos tras 17 gloriosos años en los rallys.

Al igual que Loeb, el copiloto de 42 años Elena nunca ha competido antes en Cross Country, pero se ha preparado a fondo para las exigencias de la navegación más dura del mundo, en la que los equipos tienen que reaccionar rápidamente para conquistar el terreno offroad más sobrecogedor. Cuentan además con la ayuda de un sofisticado sistema de GPS que les guiará de punto a punto.

El director deportivo de Peugeot Bruno Famin comentó: “ Sébastien fue impresionante desde que se sentó en el coche, como ya sabíamos tras haber trabajado con él anteriormente. Adoptó ese enfoque calculado que tanto le caracteriza para entender el coche paso a paso, pero después su habilidad natural se encargó del resto. Tras mejorar diferentes aspectos del coche desde la última vez que estuvimos en el Dakar, el fichaje de Sébastien Loeb es la pieza que le faltaba al puzzle”.


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Rally Legend Sébastien Loeb joins “D-ream TEAM Peugeot-Total”.

Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena pose for a portrait during the Peugeot test in Erfoud, Morocco on September 16, 2015

Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena pose for a portrait during the Peugeot test in Erfoud, Morocco on September 16, 2015

29 September 2015

Rally Legend Sébastien Loeb joins “D-ream TEAM Peugeot-Total” © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

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Sébastien Loeb, the greatest rally driver ever, will take on one of the biggest challenges of his illustrious career when he lines up as part of Peugeot’s dream team at the legendary Dakar in January for the first time.

The nine-time World Rally Championship winner and Pikes Peak record-holder has joined Peugeot’s 2008DKR line-up alongside Carlos Sainz for next month’s Rallye du Maroc (October 3-9) before facing the sport’s toughest challenge, the Dakar, over 13 days in Argentina and Bolivia in 2016. Joining him in South America will also be Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, completing Team Peugeot Total’s dream team driver line-up.

The 41-year old Loeb, one of the most successful drivers in the history of motorsports, with an unprecedented 46.2% wins-to-starts ratio in WRC, said: “I only discovered motorsports when I was 18 and I started competing in my first rallies. Since then I have been interested in all types of different motorsports and Dakar is one of them. I think it’s a great challenge to go and compete there and drive in the desert.

“The Dakar is completely different from the racing I’m doing at the moment. It will be very long, over two weeks, and you need to have the endurance to look after the driver and the car. It’s another approach to racing but I’ll discover that in January.”

Before then, Loeb will line up with Sainz in Morocco next week for his competitive Cross Country debut – although he already tested Peugeot’s Dakar challenger in the country earlier this year. For Loeb, this will be a very special reunion: he was previously team-mates with Sainz for his very first full season in the World Rally Championship in 2003, until the Spaniard decided to end his WRC career at the end of 2004. In Morocco, Sainz will drive the latest PEUGEOT 2008DKR16 whereas Loeb will drive a 2015-specification car.

“When I tried the PEUGEOT 2008DKR out in June, it was immediately very impressive for me – and of course it has changed a lot since then,” said Loeb, who is currently competing in the FIA WTCC with Citroen.

“What struck me most of all is how the Dakar car was a completely new experience: in the WRC I have been used to going round obstacles but with this car you can just drive straight over them, and it takes some time to have the confidence to believe it!

“I’ve also been used to having very detailed pace notes: in Cross Country, you have to find the road for yourself and improvise your route. And this is actually the first time I have driven any type of diesel car in competition too. So there is a lot for me to learn, but I am eager to find out more.”

As well as winning more rallies, special stages and championships than any other driver, Sébastien Loeb also became ‘King of the Peak’ when he pulverised the Pikes Peak hill climb record with Peugeot and Red Bull two years ago in America: an epic feat that is already remembered as a legendary part of motorsport history.

Now he forms part of the greatest team ever to tackle the Dakar. As 11-time Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel said: “Sébastien Loeb is a reference in motorsport. There’s very little that I, or anybody else, can teach him.”

Five-time bike winner Cyril Despres added: “Since I made the switch from two wheels to four, the experience has got better and better. And to see Sébastien arrive in the team now, everything is complete.”

Two-time WRC champion and Dakar 2010 winner Carlos Sainz, who will be Loeb’s team-mate once more in Morocco, concluded: “There is nothing more I can say about Sébastien that his career hasn’t said already. Of course rally raid will be a new adventure for him, but he has every capacity to adapt to it with no problem. As I have seen for myself in the past, he is a quick learner in everything he does.

“Dakar is something that appeals to me; it is a huge adventure,” added Loeb, who has already mastered rallying, Pikes Peak and the World Touring Car Championship. “The rally in Morocco will give me a very interesting idea of what Cross Country is all about, so this is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn; particularly alongside such successful team-mates.”

Just as has been the case throughout his nine world titles and 78 WRC victories to date, Loeb will be co-driven by Monaco’s motorsport world champion: Daniel Elena. Morocco will mark the comeback of the most successful pairing ever seen in the history of motorsport, as they start a new adventure together following 17 magnificent years in rallying.

Like Loeb, the 42-year-old Elena has never competed in Cross Country before, but he has undergone intensive training to prepare him for the demands of some of the most challenging navigation in the world, where crews have to think instantly on their feet to conquer the daunting off-road landscape. They are aided by sophisticated GPS equipment, guiding their route from waypoint to waypoint.

Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin commented: “Sébastien was impressive from the moment he first sat in the car, as we knew would be the case after having had the privilege of working with him before. He took his usual measured approached to understand the car step by step: from there his natural ability took over. Having improved the car in several different areas since we were last at the Dakar, the signing of Sébastien Loeb is the final piece in the puzzle.”











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