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Hyundai Motorsport looks to maintain podium pace with four-car entry in Poland.


Hyundai Motorsport will compete in a WRC with four cars for the first time – as the #10 Hyundai i20 WRC makes its debut with Dutchman Kevin Abbring
The team is keeping its feet on the ground after a double podium in Sardinia with Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville finishing second and third
A competitive performance in Poland in 2014 led to a podium finish, a result that the team hopes to repeat in this year’s re-profiled Rally Poland.

26 June 2015

Alzenau, Germany

June 26, 2015 – Fresh from a double podium result at the last rally in Sardinia, Hyundai Motorsport hopes to continue its podium pace at next weekend’s Rally Poland as it fields four Hyundai i20 WRC cars for the first time.

The Alzenau-based squad secured a Polish podium twelve months ago but with all new stages and the addition of the fourth car, driven by Dutchman Kevin Abbring, the team will face new challenges at this seventh round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo will continue to fly the flag for the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team in Poland, driving the #7 and #8 cars respectively. Star of Rally Italia Sardegna, Hayden Paddon will once again spearhead the entry for Hyundai Mobis Rally Team in the #20 car but will be joined by Abbring for the first of four events in the #10 Hyundai i20 WRC.

Rally Poland will have a different look for this year’s event with all 19 stages held on Polish ground. The Mikolajki Arena stage will be run three times and is the only stage that is the same as those contested twelve months ago. The high-speed characteristics of the rally will remain, with sand covered gravel, tall roadside grass and hidden rocks all posing challenges to the drivers. Tyre selection will once again be a key factor in performance with soft compounds expected to be the primary choice.

Hyundai Motorsport carried out a test last month with Neuville, Sordo and Paddon in order to best prepare for the rigours of this rally. The #7 and #8 cars will also have a new camshaft for Poland, which the team expects to deliver another step in terms of overall performance.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “Rally Poland will be another important milestone for Hyundai Motorsport as we enter four cars into a WRC event for the first time. It will be a new challenge for our team as we tackle an already tricky rally with an extra car, but it’s something to which we are looking forward. We had a fantastic result in Sardinia with two cars on the podium after great performances from all drivers over the weekend, and especially from Hayden. We are pleased to welcome Kevin into the team for a four-rally programme starting from Poland, where he took a JWRC victory some years ago. Our drivers generally perform well on unknown terrain so the fact that around 90% of Rally Poland is new compared to last year will hopefully play into our hands. It would be great to repeat the podium from last year and continue our performance from Sardinia.”

Third place in Sardinia will provide a timely boost for Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) as he looks to repeat the performance shown in last year’s Rally Poland.

Neuville said: “We have good memories from last year’s Rally Poland where we finished on the podium in third place and took some fastest stage times as well. I really enjoy the fast, flowing nature of the Polish stages. It is quite sandy so you can get some deep ruts on the second pass but it’s nice to drive there. If you have perfect, precise pace notes you can really have a lot of fun. We were surprised to take a podium in Sardinia after the weekend we had but it was a great result for the team overall and I hope we can build on that in Poland.”

Sordo (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) only competed in the recce of last year’s Rally Poland but the new composition of the Polish stages will hopefully help minimise any disadvantage to his rivals.

Sordo said: “I only took part in the recce for last year’s Rally Poland so this will be my first time driving the Hyundai i20 WRC in the actual event. It’s difficult to know what to expect because a lot of the stages will also be new, but we will have fast roads, similar to Finland but with gravel and narrower. The team was strong in Poland last year and we had a positive Sardinia rally so I hope we can continue in the same way next week. It should be a fun rally.”

Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) was among the standout performers in Sardinia, as he led much of the rally and took his maiden WRC podium. He is keeping his feet on the ground for Poland.

Paddon said: “Sardinia was a great result but we won’t get carried away. We have to take each rally as it comes and keep focused on the job in hand. Poland is quite nice, similar in places to Finland – fast, flowing and with a lot of crests. It is softer and sandier, though, so can become quite rutted on the second pass. The stages are nice and suit my driving style so I’m looking forward to getting back out there and seeing what we can do.”

Dutchman Abbring (#10 Hyundai i20 WRC) made his first appearance for Hyundai Motorsport in Rally Sweden but Poland will mark the first of four programmed rallies for the promising youngster.

Abbring said: “Although I took part in Sweden, those were special circumstances and Poland will be the first of my four-rally programme this season. I took a JWRC win there in 2009; it’s a very fast, sandy rally with narrow bits in the forest. The fast roads over crests are really nice. It’s my first gravel event in a WRC car and I’m still getting used to the car so it will be important to get the pace notes right and to build up a rhythm. It’ll be good to see four cars lined up in our service park and I hope to show everyone what I’m capable of.”

The rally will once again be based in Mikolajki, which will host the service park and the Super Special Stage on Thursday. Friday will see over 150km of action – almost half of the entire SS distance for the rally – with Poland’s longest ever stage, 39.12km Stanczyki. There will be no midday service adding a layer of complexity to proceedings on the first opening day. Saturday’s stages run closer to the service park but will be no less unforgiving. The 14.6km Baranowo stage brings the event to a close on Sunday morning, with the stage run twice – once as the Power Stage.

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.

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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.

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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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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‑

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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