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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): WALES RALLY GB – HYUNDAI SHELL WORLD RALLY TEAM – HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT VOWS TO KEEP FIGHTING AFTER TOUGH START TO WALES RALLY GB

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Hyundai Motorsport vows to keep fighting after tough start to Wales Rally GB.

2015 World Rally Championship / Round 13 /  Rally of Wales GB // 12th - 15th November, 2015 // Worldwide Copyright: Hyundai Motorsport

Hyundai Motorsport is keeping the pressure on its nearest rivals for second place in the Manufacturers’ Championship after a hard opening day of Rally Wales GB
Dani Sordo holds a top-five position at the end of Friday after a trouble-free day for the Spaniard. Fellow Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver Hayden Paddon holds seventh overall
Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team drivers Thierry Neuville and Kevin Abbring were both forced to retire on the final stage of the morning loop.

Wales Rally GB Day One

13 November 2015

Deeside, Great Britain

November 13, 2015 – The Hyundai Motorsport team is not giving up in its fight for second place in the Manufacturers’ Championship despite a challenging first day of Wales Rally GB, the final round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team drivers Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon have navigated themselves safely through a tough day in tricky conditions, holding fifth and seventh positions respectively after six stages. Unfortunately, it was a morning to forget for the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team drivers Thierry Neuville and Kevin Abbring after they were both forced to retire from Friday’s running through no fault of their own.

Sordo (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) is the highest placed of the Hyundai Motorsport drivers after a solid day. Four top-five stage times, including a top-three in the second run through Sweet Lamb (SS5) helped him to fifth overall.

Sordo commented: “We have had a reasonably satisfying start to this rally. Our target is obviously on the two Citroën drivers who have both been running well today but we are concentrated on our own rally. I have tried to keep the pressure on as much as possible. The first stage was a bit of a surprise because there wasn’t as much grip as we expected. We made some adjustments over lunchtime and had a decent afternoon loop with top-five stage times. It’s early days so let’s see how things unfold on Saturday. I have enjoyed the stages today and we’ll keep pushing.”

Paddon (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) has kept calm in the face of difficulties today to finish in seventh place at the end of the first day. The Kiwi struggled with confidence in the morning loop and experienced technical issues in the afternoon, which have hampered his progress.

Paddon commented: “It has been one of those days today. We had a tough morning loop because the stages, despite looking slippery in places, seemed to have quite a bit of grip. I struggled to trust it, though, and that showed from our times. After lunch, I was hoping to find improvements but we had a spin at the start of SS4 (Hafren 2) and it took me three attempts to get the car started again. We lost 15-20 seconds of time as a result, which was a shame because I actually felt more confident. We then experienced hydraulic problems in SS5 (Sweet Lamb 2), which meant we had to run the final stage (Myherin 2) without paddle shift, with no handbrake and no gear display, so it was a challenge to say the least. We stayed calm to get to the end and tomorrow is another day.”

Neuville (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) lost the rear-left wheel 10km into the final stage of the morning (SS3 – Myherin) as the wheel studs broke. Thankfully, the team will be able to get the Belgian back into the rally on Saturday morning under Rally 2 regulations.

Neuville commented: “We have to draw a line under today after a character-building day. Our morning got off to a difficult start straight away in the opening stage after I made a small mistake at a hairpin left after the first kilometre. I had to reverse the car to get going again which lost us ten seconds. We found reasonable pace in the short second stage but, at just over 10km into the final stage of the morning, we lost the rear-left wheel and we had no choice but to stop. We were determined to find a good rhythm so we will have to re-focus on tomorrow and Sunday.”

In the final rally of his four-event programme with Hyundai Motorsport, Abbring (#10 Hyundai i20 WRC) was forced to stop just two kilometres from the end of SS3 after a leak into the water system. The issue caused irreparable damage to his car and he will not be able to re-join on Saturday.

Abbring commented: “That was definitely not how we wanted our final rally of the season to go. We got off to a cautious start in the opening stage the grip was higher than we expected. We increased the pace in the second stage and I had a better feeling. We knew we wouldn’t be at the same level as the front-runners because our pace notes are completely new, but we were hoping to show a steady improvement. The final stage of the morning started off well but towards the end we had to stop the car because of a leak into the water system, which made the temperatures increase. We tried to keep going but it wasn’t possible. Unfortunately, the damage to the car was also too great for us to be able to carry on tomorrow. It’s a disappointing end to the season but I feel that I have learned a huge amount in our WRC programme with Hyundai Motorsport and this will provide a very strong platform for the future. Thanks to the team on behalf of myself and Seb for the opportunity.”

Hyundai Motorsport is still keeping an eye on its battle with Citroën World Rally Team for second in the Manufacturers’ Championship but admits that today’s running has made the fight that bit harder. With 13 special stages still to run this weekend, anything can happen and both Hyundai Shell WRT cars are still in the hunt.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “It’s certainly not been a smooth start to the weekend for the team but we don’t expect that in Wales and we’re still putting up a fight. Dani and Hayden have had mixed fortunes today but have both battled through to finish the day in fifth and seventh. Unfortunately both Thierry and Kevin had issues on the same stage this morning. Thierry lost a wheel ten kilometres into SS3, which we have since identified is the result of the wheel studs breaking. Kevin had a leak into the water system, which caused engine temperature to rise and meant he had to stop his car just two kilometres from the end. For Thierry, thankfully he will be able to start under Rally 2 tomorrow but the damage to Kevin’s engine was too much, so he has to retire from the event, which is a real shame for him. It’s been a hard day and we know tomorrow will be equally demanding on these fantastic, tricky Welsh stages. We still have some work to catch up to the Citroën drivers but that’s our target for tomorrow. We’re not going to give up easily.”

Saturday’s itinerary will take in nine stages over a total distance of over 140km. The morning will start with a repeat loop of Gartheiniog and Dyfi stages before the afternoon comprises two runs of Dyfnant and Aberhirnant separated by a short stage at Chirk Castle.

Overall Classification after Day One

1- S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 1:16:03.5
2- K. Meeke / P. Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC) +13.5
3- A. Mikkelsen / O. Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +31.4
4- M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +43.0
5- D. Sordo / M. Martí (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:18.7
6- O. Tanak / R. Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:34.9
7- H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2:03.5
8- E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:21.6
9- L. Bertelli / L. Granai (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +3:21.5
10- S. Lefebvre / S. Prévot (Citroën DS3 WRC) +3:25.4

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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.

More information about Hyundai Motor and its products can be found at: http://worldwide.hyundai.com or http://www.hyundaiglobalnews.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OGIER SUPERÓ A SORDO EN LA SEGUNDA ETAPA DE ASFALTO EN CATALUÑA Y VA POR SU CUARTO TÍTULO CON VOLKSWAGEN

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OGIER SUPERÓ A SORDO EN LA SEGUNDA ETAPA DE ASFALTO EN CATALUÑA Y VA POR SU CUARTO TÍTULO CON VOLKSWAGEN.

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ŠKODA HACE EL 1-2 EN LA WRC2 CON KOPECKÝ Y TIDEMAND.

M-SPORT & VW, PRESENTARÁN SUS NUEVOS COCHES WRC 2017 A MEDIADOS DE DICIEMBRE.

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

WRC2
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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DANI SORDO CON POCAS CHANCES DE PODIO EN EL TOUR DE CORSE

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DANI SORDO CON POCAS CHANCES DE PODIO EN EL TOUR DE CORSE.

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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 OF THE RALLY FRANCE

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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

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)
RALLY FRANCE

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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