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HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT AIMS FOR ARGENTINA PODIUM AFTER STRONG WRC SEASON START

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Hyundai Motorsport set to continue its strongest start to a WRC season as the team returns to the Americas for Rally Argentina, the fourth round of the 2016 Championship
The team is aiming for its third podium finish with the New Generation i20 WRC, which has already shown good pace in the opening three rounds of the season
Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo will drive for Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, whilst Hayden Paddon will fly the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team banner.

15th April 2016

Alzenau, Germany

April 15, 2016 – Hyundai Motorsport is looking to continue the positive start to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season as the team takes on Rally Argentina, the fourth event of the 2016 season.

The New Generation i20 WRC has already demonstrated its competitiveness in each of the three rounds of the Championship so far – in Monte-Carlo, Sweden and Mexico – and the team will now target its first-ever podium in Argentina.

Hyundai Motorsport will touch down in Villa Carlos Paz with considerable momentum after claiming its first back-to-back podium finishes in WRC with Thierry Neuville taking third in Monte-Carlo and Hayden Paddon finishing second in Sweden. This pair of podiums was then followed by Dani Sordo’s fourth place in Rally Mexico – a combination of results that makes for the team’s strongest start since it entered WRC in 2014.

Rally Argentina is a challenging event – Neuville and Sordo’s best results are both fifth-place finishes, achieved in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul will this year take to the #3 New Generation i20 WRC with Sordo and Marc Martí in the #4 car, both crews competing under the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team banner.

Paddon and co-driver John Kennard have only driven Argentina once before with Hyundai Motorsport and will line up in the #20 car for the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team. The Kiwi pair will use this year’s running to gain more valuable experience.

Rally Argentina was first held in 1980 but settled into its current home of Villa Carlos Paz, situated 700km out of Buenos Aires, in 1984 after a short stint in the Bariloche region of southern Argentina.

Drivers will use gravel suspension on the Argentinian stages that range from the softer valley roads of Santa Rosa de Calamuchita to the harsh and rocky lunar mountain roads of Traslasierra. Roads may become heavily rutted by the second pass and drivers will raise their ride height to deal with the tyre-tracks that can potentially push a car from the road. They will face further obstacles in the form of watercourse crossings in the rally’s valley sections and the risk of fog along its mountainous stretches.

With testing prohibited outside of Europe, the team carried out a four-day test in northern Portugal at the start of April in order to prepare for Rally Argentina. Work concentrated on set-up work and reliability tests in conditions similar to those that will be encountered next weekend.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We head to Argentina with a lot of momentum after our performances at the first three rallies of the year. We have two podiums and a fourth-place finish in those three events, so it is our best start to a year of WRC competition – we want to keep this going! Rally Argentina is a tough event that is well known for how hard it is on the cars as well as the drivers, so it will be a good test for our New Generation i20 WRC. The new car has already proven itself on the gravel of Mexico but Argentina is a different beast and we will approach it with all of the experience our team has gained in previous years at the event. There are some new roads featured in this year’s stages and this should level the playing field, allowing us to really assess the New Generation i20 WRC against our competitors. The whole team is very motivated to maintain our strong start to the season.”

Neuville (#3 New Generation i20 WRC) took one stage win and fifth overall at Argentina in 2014, but a strong 2015 performance ended in the Power Stage. The Belgian comes into 2016 with new motivation; he is adjusting well to the New Generation i20 WRC and will be seeking a podium position in Argentina.

Neuville commented: “Rally Argentina is a very tricky event – we have seen very rough conditions here in previous seasons and this year will be the same. It’s going to be hard for everybody, but especially on the cars. The rally will be very long and there are some new stages so there will be different challenges. I am excited to get back on track after an early end to my rally in Mexico. I look forward to continuing to push the New Generation i20 WRC that has performed well so far this year. To achieve a podium finish in Argentina is the ultimate goal for the team and I will push for it but it’s also important to adopt a cautious approach.”

Sordo (#4 New Generation i20 WRC) took fifth at Argentina in 2015 after a strong run with one stage win and four second-place stage finishes. He has built up his 2016 rhythm with two top-six finishes and a fourth place in Mexico. The Spaniard is keen to claim his first podium of the season.

Sordo said: “Rally Argentina is a fantastic rally, one that I like very much because of the stages, the atmosphere and of course the event itself. I also like it for its location in South America – it’s always good to go back there. The stages are enjoyable but there are a lot of stones in the road so it can be difficult for the car. In that sense, I think it is one of the hardest rallies in the Championship for the cars, but the New Generation i20 WRC has been performing well so I have confidence in it. There will be some changes in my approach from Mexico to Argentina, as the roads are completely different – in Argentina the roads are much softer and not as abrasive on the tyres. I will be looking to improve on my position from last year by driving consistently and hope to achieve my first podium of 2016.”

Paddon (#20 New Generation i20 WRC) has also started 2016 strongly with a second-place podium finish in Sweden. He won the 2011 PWRC Argentina round and will use this year’s event to gain more experience with his New Generation i20 WRC.

Paddon commented: “Argentina is one of my favourite rallies of the year, simply because of the atmosphere that comes from the amount of people that are there and enjoying the rally. It is, however, a very difficult event with its own set of challenges – it’s definitely one of the roughest rallies of the year so you have to adopt a slightly different mentality to make sure you look after the car as well. I have driven here twice before, once for Hyundai Motorsport and once in 2011, when I won the PWRC round. I’m looking forward to taking on the stages again. The whole team has been running very well so far this year and it will be great to add to that by gaining more experience in Argentina.”

Rally Argentina will cover 364.68km over 18 stages with the service park based in Villa Carlos Paz. Thursday evening’s new Cordoba street test (1.50km) will launch the rally before Friday takes drivers south along the sandy valley roads of Calamuchita. This day will feature two runs of Soconcho (24.71km), Amboy (20.44km) and Santa Rosa (23.85km) across the morning and afternoon, a busy first day topped off by two Super Special Stage runs of Parque Tematico (6.04km). Many of the Calamuchita valley roads will see their first use in WRC in several years, a trend that continues into the next day of rallying.

Saturday’s itinerary has been significantly tweaked due to the unsuitability of the stages originally selected by the event organisers. As a result, the action will be centred closer to Villa Carlos Paz with the road section distance reduced.

The final day of rallying on Sunday will see drivers climb the moonlike, rocky mountain stretches of Traslasierra on the Mina Clavero – Giulio Cesare (22.64km) and legendary El Cóndor (16.32km), which drivers will return to for a second run as the rally’s Power Stage.

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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. In its second season, the team was involved in a closely fought battle for second place in the Manufacturers’ Championship, adding more podiums and stage wins to its tally. For its third season in WRC, Hyundai Motorsport is entering a brand new car, the New Generation i20 WRC, which made its rally debut in Monte Carlo in January 2016.

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 2015, sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With more than 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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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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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

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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