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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): HYUNDAI SHELL WORLD RALLY TEAM- HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT CONTINUES PODIUM PUSH ON PENULTIMATE DAY IN SARDINIA

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Hyundai Motorsport continues podium push on penultimate day in Sardinia.

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Hyundai Motorsport has ended Saturday’s gruelling stages with one car holding a podium position and two cars in the top four overall
Hayden Paddon continued to lead the rally until lunchtime but a difficult afternoon dropped him down to second overall
Thierry Neuville has made up ground with a stage win on Saturday to finish fourth, but Dani Sordo retired with a fuel leak before lunchtime service.

14 June 2015

Alghero, Sardinia

June 13, 2015 – The Hyundai Motorsport team has maintained its impressive performance at this weekend’s Rally Italia Sardegna, tackling one of the longest and most demanding days of the entire championship today.

It wasn’t a trouble-free day for the team, however, with the rigours of the Sardinian stages affecting all three drivers on the penultimate day of action. Nonetheless, the team heads into the final day with one car holding a strong second place and another comfortably inside the top four.

Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) and co-driver John Kennard started this morning’s loop as leaders of the rally, and it wasn’t a position they would relinquish easily. The Kiwi crew set a string of top-three times across the five early stages to increase their lead over reigning Champion Sebastian Ogier to 9.3 seconds by lunchtime service. A tougher afternoon loop saw them lose the hard-fought position with a spin in SS17 (Monti di Ala 2) and a broken gearbox mount, which required a cautious approach in the final stages. Paddon still holds a comfortable second place – with a debut podium still well within their sights.

Paddon commented: “We expected today to be a tougher day than yesterday but I didn’t expect it to be such a dramatic end. We started with the same approach as yesterday and I was surprised that we were able to extend our lead of the rally by lunchtime. The car felt good and we made the most of our starting position but we knew the afternoon would be rougher. We lost the lead when we had a spin in SS17 but we then broke the gearbox mount, which I thought would be the end of the rally for us. We persevered and took a cautious approach. Thankfully we made it through to hold onto second place with a buffer, so tomorrow we will look to secure the podium result, which would be an amazing result. It’s not over yet, so we have to keep focused on the job in hand.”

Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) put a challenging Friday behind him and set out to find improvements in the epic 212km of stages today. He started brightly with second place in SS11 (Ittiri Arena 1) but encountered trouble on the subsequent stage when a power steering problem lost him time. Along with his co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, he expertly fixed the issue but he arrived four minutes late for SS13 (Coiluna-Loelle 1) and was given a 40 second time penalty. The team’s mechanics worked hard over lunch to get the car ready for the afternoon loop and Neuville responded with an excellent stage win – the team’s fourth of the weekend – in SS16.

Neuville said: “It’s not been an easy day again but we have some positive things to take away, for sure. We started well but had a problem with the power steering, which we were able to fix for the long stage. Unfortunately, we incurred a 40s penalty which wasn’t good but we were happy to make it to lunchtime service. The team did a fantastic job to get the car sorted for the afternoon and it was nice to repay them with a stage win in SS16. The afternoon loop was rough but we pushed where we could and I’m pleased we are holding fourth place. Four stages left tomorrow and who knows what might happen.”

For Dani Sordo (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) and co-driver Marc Marti, the day started under Rally 2 following their problems at the end of Friday. The pair looked set to resume their strong form but a a fuel leak forced them to retire before SS14. They will once again use Rally 2 regulations to start again on the final morning.

Sordo said: “We started the day with a good feeling in the car. Obviously it wasn’t quite as positive as yesterday when we were fighting for the podium and leading stage times but we were feeling comfortable. We only managed to complete two stages properly because we had a fuel pressure problem, which meant we couldn’t keep the car going once we’d finished SS13. The car has been good and we’ve seen what has been possible so it’s a shame to have had to retire. We will look to finish on a positive note when we return tomorrow.”

Hyundai Motorsport is still in the hunt for a second podium finish of the 2015 season and remains buoyed by the performance of the Hyundai i20 WRCs in Sardinia – with another stage win today and top-five potential shown by all cars.

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “That was an intense day of rallying. Ultimately, though, it was another positive one for our team as we have Hayden in second place and Thierry just off the podium positions in fourth place. We have faced a number of issues today but the biggest disappointment was Dani having to retire this morning. It is obviously frustrating given the pace that he has shown this weekend. The drivers have given everything today, pushing all the way. Thierry took a stage win this morning and was competitive. He had a mechanical issue, which meant he was late for a stage this afternoon, losing a lot of time, but in the end that hasn’t affected his position. He has made up places and now sits fourth going into the final day. Hayden has had another great day and continues to impress everyone. He kept Ogier at bay until lunchtime and battled through gearbox mount problems this afternoon, keeping a level head to finish the day and secure a hard- earned second place. Tomorrow, we have four more stages. We won’t become complacent and will do all we can to keep these positions.”

Just four stages remain left to run on Sunday with two 11km stages repeated. The 11.77km Cala Flumini run will also act as the Power Stage, bringing the sixth round of the FIA World Rally Championship to its culmination.

Overall Classification after Day Two

S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 3:54:43.9
H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2:13.6
M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +3:25.6
T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +3:57.0
E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +5:15.5
J.M Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +8:08.6
Y. Protasov / P.Cherepin (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +13:32.4
P. Andreucci / A. Andreussi (Peugeot 208 T16) +13:39.4
J. Kopecky / P. Dresler (Skoda Fabia R5) +15:30.8
Y. Al Rajhi / M. Orr (Ford Fiesta RRC) +16:28.8


24. D. Sordo / M. Martí (Hyundai i20 WRC) +52.54.0

-Ends-

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 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. The team made a strong impression in its first year claiming podium results in Mexico and Poland, as well as a memorable 1-2 in Germany with Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo. 2015 is Hyundai Motorsport’s second season in WRC and the team aims to build on the firm foundations laid in its maiden year of competition.

Further information about Hyundai Motorsport is available at: http://motorsport.hyundai.com

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 eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2014, sold 4.96 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.

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The 140th edition of RRM is eagerly awaited, with all the latest news from the World Rally Championship. Offering special reports with exclusive interviews of international level.
In this time the edition of the month of March, has in its credit everything what happened with the triumph in Sweden, of the British Elfyn Evans with Toyota.

What will come from the Rome Capitale Rally 2020, valid for the European competition, organized by the Italian firm Motorsport Italia, which is headed by Max Rendina.
An intense note from the top executive of TEIN INC. in Japan, Mr. Yoshio Fujimoto, with his sporting support for their stable programs in Motorsport on a global level, both with the professional support of the Japanese shock absorbers for the WRX and WRC. Counting on his successful sports campaign as a driver in the 90’s with Toyota.
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An exquisite and unique report to Mr. Yasuo Hiraoka, the head of Subaru Tecnica International, (STI), who thanks to the management of «kumi» Shinozaki, we were able to make this fantastic review with Mitaka’s boss.
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Paulo Nobre completed stage five of Rally di Roma Capitale with his car boot open.

The FIA European Rally Championship regular from Brazilian explained that he forgot to close it properly prior to the run.

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THE ALL-NEW FORD FIESTA R5

M-Sport and Ford are proud to introduce the all-new EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5. Replacing its hugely successful predecessor, the new Fiesta promotes the latest motorsport technology and road-going design.

Based on the Ford Fiesta ST-Line which is manufactured at Ford’s world-class facility in Cologne, M‑Sport has worked closely with the Ford Motor Company to ensure the new Fiesta R5 provides a big step forward in terms of pace and performance.

The original Fiesta R5 is M-Sport’s most successful global rally car and continues to win stages, rallies and championships worldwide. With more than 250 cars in competition, the outgoing Fiesta remains a capable and competitive winner, but its successor boasts improvements in all areas.

The 1.6 turbo charged engine delivers 290 BHP and 475 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM. The direct injection power plant is also fitted with a 32mm restrictor in conjunction with R5 regulations and provides a significant improvement in response and drivability

Brand-new suspension components include front and rear McPherson struts with redesigned three‑way adjustable dampers from Reiger. The new aluminium damper bodies save considerable weight, and the geometry has been remodelled for optimised traction and stability.

A newly designed Sadev five-speed sequential gearbox mated to front and rear differential units is accompanied by hydraulic servo-assisted rack and pinion steering, and Brembo forged four-piston front and rear calipers provide the stopping power.

The initial design and development started in January 2018, with the first test session taking place in December that same year. Since then, eight test drivers have completed more than 30 days testing on a mix of different roads and conditions.

Smooth Tarmac, rough Tarmac, hot gravel, loose gravel, seasoned test drivers, rally winners, and even Formula One race winners – the latest Fiesta has been put through its paces and no stone has been left unturned in search of optimum speed, reliability and performance.

The project also upholds M-Sport’s support of young talent with 28-year-old Bernardo Fernandes – who engineered Sébastien Ogier to championship success in 2017 – leading the team.

Delving into his knowledge of the award-winning Ford Fiesta WRC, as well as the original Fiesta R5, Fernandes’ experience has been combined with the innovation of youth – his team creating one of M-Sport’s most long-awaiting and exciting creations.

Just like its predecessor, the all-new Fiesta R5 will get its first public outing at next month’s Ypres Rally – Éric Camilli taking to the wheel as the event’s VIP car. As one of the most experienced development drivers around, Camilli knows the car inside out and the event’s fast asphalt roads provide the perfect setting for the car’s debut performance.

More information on the all-new Fiesta R5 can be found in the Technical Specification, and those wishing to make an order are encouraged to contact M-Sport’s dedicated Sales Team at the following email address: R5Support@M‑Sport.co.uk

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“The Ford Fiesta R5 is our most successful global rally car. It’s a very special car for M-Sport and even though the original cars continue to win rallies and championships all over the world, we have taken our time to ensure this new model is even better with performance gains in every area.

“The test programme has been extensive, and we have worked hard to ensure this new car suits every level of driver. We have quite literally travelled the world – testing on a wide range of surfaces, in varying conditions and with a whole host of drivers taking to the wheel. This car is extremely important to us, and its adaptability is vital to its success.

“I’m extremely proud of this project. As a company we have always promoted young talent, and the design and development of the all-new Fiesta R5 was headed by one of our most ambitious young engineers – Bernardo Fernandes.

“We’ve always given opportunities to youngsters who show a real drive and passion for what they do. Bernardo is a prime example of this, and having driven the car myself I can tell you that he and his team have done a fantastic job. I’m looking forward to seeing the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 in action, and hope to secure even more success!”

Ford Performance Senior Manager, Gerard Quinn, said:

“This is another important milestone for Ford as the introduction of the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 heralds the introduction of the latest in motorsport technology packaged into Europe’s best-selling car in its category.

“Ford investment in the new Fiesta R2 revealed earlier this year and the latest Fiesta R5 ensures that we are supporting a sustainable future in rally for competitors and our partners M-Sport.

“This new Fiesta R5 also enables us to provide a high-quality replacement for its remarkably successful predecessor which was introduced six years ago. In the past two seasons the Fiesta R5 has won more than 40 championships globally, and we are looking forward to much more success with this latest model.”

M-Sport Rally Engineer, Bernardo Fernandes, said:

“This was my first time heading up a project. It was a challenge, but also a real privilege to be given the responsibility. The outgoing Ford Fiesta R5 was so successful, and is still very competitive in the right hands, but we have taken our time to revise and improve every area of the car.

“The R5 category has always been extremely competitive and the biggest challenge is in finding the best compromise between cost and performance. We had a lot of previous experience that helped, and devised a rigorous test programme with a range of different surfaces and drivers.

“The whole team have worked exceptionally hard and we pushed every element to the limit in search of peak performance and reliability. I also need to say a special thanks to Richard Christensen who headed up the design team – his input was integral to the project and we couldn’t have done it without him.

“Overall, I’m confident that we’ve taken a significant step forward and I’m looking forward to seeing what the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 can deliver in the hands of our customers.”

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8 June 2019

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