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Hyundai Motorsport involved in close top-five battle on debut at Tour de Corse.

2015 World Rally Championship / Round 11 /  Tour de Corse // 1st - 4th October, 2015 // Worldwide Copyright: Hyundai Motorsport

Hyundai Motorsport continues to hold a strong top-five position at the end of the second day of Tour de Corse
Kevin Abbring remains the top Hyundai Motorsport driver in fifth place overall, just two places ahead of Hayden Paddon in seventh
Dani Sordo is chasing down a top-ten finish, while Thierry Neuville had a stronger day today despite incurring a significant time penalty after his retirement from Friday’s opening stage.

Tour de Corse Day Two

3 October 2015

Hyundai Motorsport involved in close top-five battle on debut at Tour de Corse

Hyundai Motorsport continues to hold a strong top-five position at the end of the second day of Tour de Corse
Kevin Abbring remains the top Hyundai Motorsport driver in fifth place overall, just two places ahead of Hayden Paddon in seventh
Dani Sordo is chasing down a top-ten finish, while Thierry Neuville had a stronger day today despite incurring a significant time penalty after his retirement from Friday’s opening stage.

Corte, Corsica

October 3, 2015 – The Hyundai Motorsport team is firmly in the hunt for a strong top-five finish in Tour de Corse, round 11 of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), with three stages of the event left to run.

After a troubled start to the rally for many drivers yesterday, all four Hyundai i20 WRC cars completed Saturday without any significant issues. Kevin Abbring finished the day in fifth place overall with Hayden Paddon also occupying a strong position in seventh. Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville both put Friday’s disappointment behind them to tackle today’s stages with renewed vigour.

The day itself ran a shortened itinerary following the cancellation of SS4 (43.69km Casamozza-Ponte Leccia 2) due to road damage as a result of yesterday’s heavy rain. That left just two stages to contest – the 36.43km long SS5 Francardo-Sermano, a repeat of yesterday’s final stage, and the monster 48.46km Muracciole-Col de Sorba stage.

Abbring (#10 Hyundai i20 WRC) started the day second overall after an impressive run on Friday. The Dutchman and his British co-driver Sebastian Marshall continued to acquit themselves professionally to retain a promising fifth place overall with three stages left to run on Sunday.

Abbring said: “To be challenging for a top-five result here in Corsica in only my second rally on tarmac is obviously pleasing, even if it has not been a straight-forward day for us. This morning, we opted to run with hard compound tyres but unfortunately on the drier parts of the stage, when we could have found an advantage, we picked up a puncture and could not push. We found conditions to be a lot drier in the afternoon stage but I was a bit disappointed with our time. We could have been a bit more aggressive with the set-up of the car for those conditions but we are learning all the time. Looking at the positives, we are in fifth overall so tomorrow we will do all we can to keep that. ”

For tarmac novice Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) and co-driver John Kennard, it was another useful day of acclimatisation with slippery conditions in the morning stage and a more typical tarmac stage in the afternoon. The Kiwi moved up to seventh overall as a result of a solid day’s work in changeable conditions.

Paddon commented: “We’ve had better conditions today and although it was still slippery in places, our confidence was much higher. We made the wrong tyre choice in the morning stage, expecting it to be drier than it was, but the time was still OK. This afternoon, it was a nice proper tarmac stage so I focused on my driving rather than on the pace notes. I felt that my driving was better but we weren’t following the notes as closely so there was room for improvement. Still, it’s been another valuable day of learning and we will continue to build on this tomorrow.”

Spanish crew Dani Sordo and Marc Martí (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) also made up ground today after a disappointing end to their otherwise strong Friday. Sordo was the highest placed Hyundai Motorsport driver in both stages today, securing two competitive top-five stage times. He is now just outside of the top-ten overall.

Sordo said: “We faced some really tough conditions again this morning, very muddy and slippery but this afternoon’s stage was much better. There were still tricky parts but we were able to find enough confidence to push more. In fact, the times on both stages today were quite good and we have been able to make up some positions on the overall classification. Of course, we could have been higher without our problem yesterday afternoon but this is rallying and we will now just concentrate on the three stages tomorrow to see how much more ground we can make up. The car has been performing well and we have shown a good level of competitiveness so far this weekend, so from that point of view we can be pretty satisfied.”

Following a tough start to Tour de Corse with an early retirement on Friday’s opening stage, Neuville resumed under Rally 2 this morning. Despite the time penalty – the Belgian had two clean runs and has built up his confidence in the tricky conditions.

Neuville said: “It has been a better day for us after yesterday’s difficulties. The first stage this morning was run in very slippery conditions, which was particularly bad for us going first on the road. I took it carefully to get through the stage safely – but I was maybe a bit too steady. We used the lunchtime break to check the pace notes and we improved in the afternoon stage. We had a bit of understeer but the conditions were much better. The car has generally been running well today so our focus now has to be on getting decent runs in tomorrow’s three stages and to see what we can do to make up positions.”

Hyundai Motorsport is fielding a four-car entry into Tour de Corse, just the third time this season that the team has entered a quartet of Hyundai i20 WRC cars into a WRC event. With two cars in with a shout of a top-five finish in the team’s first visit to Corsica, it’s been a positive weekend so far.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “This has been one of the most unpredictable rallies of the season. We have faced tricky conditions on all stages, as well as another cancelled stage today, so as a team we have had to react to changing circumstances. We are pleased to have all four cars make it through Saturday unscathed and to see Kevin and Hayden in strong positions overall. Dani and Thierry have also fought hard today to recover positions after yesterday’s dramas. We saw different tyre choices this morning but with similar results from our drivers. A solid and trouble-free afternoon stage allows us to prepare calmly for tomorrow, which contains two very long stages in which anything can happen. Based on this rally so far, we have to be prepared for anything.”

The final day of Tour de Corse takes in a total of 95km of special stages with a 36.71km run of Sotta-Chialza in the early morning followed by the even longer 41.46km Zérubia-Martini. The shorter 16.74km Bisinao-Agosta Power Stage will bring the event to a conclusion at lunchtime.

Overall Classification after Day Two

1- J.M Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 1:42:24.8
2- E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2.0
3- A. Mikkelsen / O. Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +30.8
4- K. Meeke / P. Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC) +53.6
5- K. Abbring / S. Marshall (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:00.1
6- M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +1:05.7
7- H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:25.5
8- B. Bouffier / T. De La Haye (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:37.2
9- S. Sarrazin / J. J. Renucci (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:51.6
10- O. Tanak / R. Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:53.9​
11- D. Sordo / M. Martí (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2:02.6


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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15 de Octubre 2016

La ilusión del cántabro Dani Sordo, del día de hoy, era mantener la lígera diferencia que cosechó ayer en la etapa de ripio mojado con algunos sectores con barro tripulando su efectivo Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation.

Pero hoy nada fue sencillo para el español, en primera instancia con problemas de subviraje en su unidad coreana armada en la factoría alemana de Alzenau, que le hicieron perder al término de la jornada valiosos segundos. Sin embargo, hay que decir, que el galo Sébastien Ogier realizó una remontada de aquellas, estableciendo cronos al más no poder, con un ataque frénetico sobre el piloto local de Hyundai, demostrando porque es el conductor de la especialidad del momento con casi cuatro coronas consecutivas en su haber, pilotando de forma perfecta el Polo R WRC junto a su amigo e inseparable navegante Julien Ingrassia. Descontando los 17 segundos que había de distancia entre ambos al finalizar el día inicial de tierra y ahora aventajando por 5.8 segundos contra la motivación intacta que origina Sordo, en el Rally de su casa, frente a su público y ante la gran oportunidad de cortar la racha negativa de no poder ganar en Cataluña.

En tercer escalón y en discordia se ubicó el belga Thierry Neuville, con el otro i20 WRC oficial de última evolución, con tiempos aceptables, pero lejos de Ogier y Sordo, y favoreciéndose, tras al abandono sorpresivo por vuelco del noruego Andreas Mikkelsen en la prueba especial 12, cuándo ocupaba la tercera plaza y tenía opciones de podio. Sin poder implementar su gran actuación del 2015, el rubio de Noruega, se va con las manos vacías de Salou.

En tanto que el fines Jari-Matti Latvala ha tenido un Rally para el olvido con el Polo R WRC número 2, con muchos inconvenientes, tanto en errores de conducción, con trompos, etc y pérdida de tiempo relevante en los varios pinchazos que lo consumió, quedando entre los 20 mejores clasificados al culminar este día sábado en PortAventura.

El “Kiwi” Hayden Paddon se recompuso de la mala puesta a punto del viernes y sostuvo un plan de trabajo constante a bordo de su i20 WRC, optando por la interesante cuarta posición, teniendo al británico Kris Meeke de la DS3 WRC by Abu Dhabi y al noruego Mads Ostberg de M-Sport entre el quinto y sexto puesto respectivamente, a sus espaldas, del talento de Nueva Zelanda, que se anima a decir, que sueña con el podio en suelo catalán.

Mientras que en la WRC2, las cosas están muy claras, solo una escuadra que domina a voluntad, los checos de ŠKODA, con sus dos estrellas que manejaron formidablemente sus Fabia R5, el experimentado Jan Kopecký y el sueco Pontus Tidemand. Que desde mañana buscarán el 1-2 fantástico para la marca que gestiona Michal Hräbanek y Pavel Hortek, desde su cuartel general ligado a Praga en Mladá Bolesvav.

Para finalizar dos cosas, los constructores M-Sport de Ford y Volkswagen Motorsport han confirmado que mostrarán próximamente a la prensa especializada a mediados del mes de diciembre sus nuevos autos de cara al revolucionario WRC 2017. Los esperados nuevos Fiesta RS WRC y VW Polo R WRC con las innovaciones aligeradas de las especificaciones que propone la FIA bajo la regulación WRCar 017 desde Montecarlo, la apertura central del Mundial en el año próximo.

54 – RallyRACC-Cataluña-Costa Daurada WRC 2016

Clasificación General Día 2

1-Ogier-Ingrassia-VW Polo R WRC – 2h.35m.12s.8/10 99.813 km/h.
2-Sordo-Marti-Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation -a 5s.8/10
3-Neuvile-Gilsoul-Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation -a 1m.03s9/10.
4-Paddon-Kennard-Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation -a 1m.20s.
5-Meeke-Nagle-DS3 WRC -a 1m.57s.9/10
6-Ostberg-Floene-Ford Fiesta RS WRC -a 2m.35s.7/10
7-Tanak-Molder-Ford Fiesta RS WRC -a 4m.24s.7/10

1-Kopecky-Dresler-ŠKODA Fabia 2h.42m.54s.4/10 95.138 km/h.
2-Tidemand-Andersson-ŠKODA Fabia-a 14s.3/10

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Rally de Córcega Día 1

Dani Sordo pierde opciones de podio en Córcega.

Cuando ocupaba la tercera posición provisional del Rally Tour de Corse, Dani Sordo se ha visto retrasado debido a un pinchazo en la última especial disputada hoy.

Sordo se ha visto apeado de la lucha por el podio por el que peleaba igual que en el pasado Rally de Alemania, y afrontará la segunda etapa de la prueba corsa en novena posición con el objetivo de llegar con el mayor número de puntos posibles el domingo a Porte-Vecchio, donde finalizará la presente edición del Rally Tour de Corse, décima prueba puntuable para el Campeonato del Mundo de Rallyes.

Dani empezaba la jornada acusando algo de subviraje en su Hyundai i20 WRC, a pesar de lo que marcaba el tercer mejor tiempo en la primera especial del día, Acqua Doria-Albitreccia, de 49,72 kilómetros. El piloto español del Hyundai Shell World Rally Team se iba encontrando más a gusto a medida que transcurría la etapa, pero pinchaba una de las ruedas traseras a pocos kilómetros del comienzo del último tramo cronometrado disputado hoy, perdiendo aproximadamente dos minutos: “Después de los tramos de la mañana me encontraba más a gusto con el coche, y he conservado los neumáticos en el primer tramo de la tarde de cara al último, pero he notado que el coche se movía de la parte trasera hasta que hemos comprobado que se trataba de un pinchazo y hemos tenido que parar a cambiar la rueda en pleno tramo. Ha sido decepcionante. No sé cómo ha ocurrido. Una pena, ya que nos encontrábamos en una buena tercera plaza. Intentaremos ganar alguna posición de aquí al domingo”, explicaba Sordo tras finalizar el último tramo disputado hoy.

Con salida y llegada desde Bastia, al norte de la isla, la jornada de mañana sábado será la más larga del Rally Tour de Corse y estará compuesta de dos bucles a los tramos La Porta-Valle di Rostino (53,72 kilómetros) y Novella-Pietralba (30,80 kilómetros).












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Home, speed home –
Ogier in a league of his own on day one of the Rally France.

Sébastien Ogier (F), Julien Ingrassia (F) Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2016) WRC Rally France - Corsica 2016 Photo: Bodo Kräling

Four stages, four fastest times – Ogier/Ingrassia open commanding lead on home soil
Latvala/Anttila and Mikkelsen/Jæger within touching distance of the podium in third and fourth

30th September 2016


Wolfsburg (30 September 2016). It doesn’t get any better than this. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) made a perfect start to the Rally France on Corsica in their Polo R WRC. The three-time world champions, who could claim the title for the fourth time in a row with victory at their home race – provided other results go their way – won all four special stages on the opening day of round ten of this season’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Two of the duos out to prevent the Frenchmen from getting their hands on the title this weekend are their Volkswagen team-mates, who are also on course for success: Jari-Matti Latvala/Mikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) ended day one in third place, just ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) in fourth. Second place after 157.68 of 390.92 kilometres against the clock is occupied by Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai). While Ogier/Ingrassia opened a commanding lead of 44 seconds, just 15 seconds separate the chasing pack of three in their battle for second and third.

The opening day featured some typical Corsican special stages: narrow, winding roads and long sections put driver, co-driver and car through their paces in gorgeous autumn weather.

Quotes after day one of the Rally France

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“An ideal opening day for Julien and me – beautiful stages, superb weather and a perfect car. The key to stage one was to find our rhythm. Looking at the lead we opened, we appear to have done just that. It was pretty hot in the cockpit in the afternoon, particularly on the long 50-kilometre stage. We have a similarly demanding day ahead of us tomorrow, particularly if the weather deteriorates. However, we obviously want to continue as we were today, to make sure we win in the end. That is definitely the goal at our home rally.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“We were a little too cautious at first, but gradually found our rhythm the further into the rally we got. We can make a few improvements here and there, for example when braking, but apart from that we are racing the right way for the Rally Corsica. That only makes the outstanding times set by our team-mate Sébastien Ogier all the more astonishing. Hats off to his performance. We will obviously try to stick with him tomorrow and on Sunday. If we can, we have a good chance of finishing on the podium.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“We are not so much focusing on winning the world championship, but more on securing second place. With that in mind, we are going nicely in fourth place. I struggled to know how hard to brake in the morning. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of time as a result. Apart from that, though, it was a good day for us, but we have two more challenging days ahead to come.”

Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“We could hardly hope for a better start to the Rally France. Sébastien Ogier was clearly in a league of his own, while Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen are also well-placed. First, third and fourth is more than we had expected and hoped for. However, everyone in the team is well aware that we are only one third of the way into the rally and we still have a lot of work ahead of us. If we remain as focused as we have been so far, there is a good chance we will be rewarded with a strong result.”

And then there was …

… a little milestone. Andreas Mikkelsen is contesting his 75th rally in the World Rally Championship at the Rally France – the 45th with Volkswagen and the tenth with his co-driver Anders Jæger. The Norwegian made his debut at the 2006 Rally Great Britain. Since then, he has finished on the podium on 18 occasions, including victories at the 2015 Rally Spain and the 2016 Rally Poland – all with the Polo R WRC.

Standings after day two of the Rally France

01. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen, 1h 37m 52.8s
02. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai, + 44.0s
03. Jari-Matti Latala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 58.0s
04. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N), Volkswagen, + 59.3s
05. Craig Breen/Scott Martin (GB/GB), Citroën, + 1m 18.7s
06. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Hyundai, + 1m 26.2s
07. Eric Camilli/Benjamin Veillas (F/F), Ford, + 2m 00.7s
08. Elfyn Evans/Craig Perry (GB/GB), Ford, + 2m 36.3s
09. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai, + 2m 39.1s
10. Mads Østberg/Ola Fløene (N/N), Ford, + 2m 41.9s










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