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HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT LEADS THE WAY ON OPENING DAY OF RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA

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Hyundai Motorsport leads the way on opening day of Rally Italia Sardegna.

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Thierry Neuville has ended the first day of action in Sardinia at the top of the timesheets, the Belgian claiming five stage wins from Friday’s eight runs
Dani Sordo makes it two New Generation i20 WRCs inside the top-six, as the Spaniard enjoyed a trouble-free run
Hayden Paddon went off at the end of SS7 (Tula 2), while Kevin Abbring experienced a broken propshaft early on, which curtailed his day.

10 June, 2016

Alghero, Sardinia

June 10, 2016 – Hyundai Motorsport has made an encouraging start to the sixth round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), with Thierry Neuville leading Rally Italia Sardegna at the end of Friday’s eight stages.

The team has entered four cars into the Sardinia round of the 2016 Championship with Kevin Abbring joining Neuville in the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team for the second consecutive event. Dani Sordo, teaming up with Hayden Paddon in the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team for this round, had a solid start in Sardinia, ending Friday in sixth.

For Paddon and Abbring, however, it was a day of disappointment. Paddon was unable to finish the day after going off the road with his New Generation i20 WRC the end of SS7 (Tula 2), while Abbring endured a broken propshaft on the opening stage.

Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul (#20 New Generation i20 WRC) secured an impressive five stage win today (SS4, SS5, SS7, SS8 and SS9) – helping them to lead a rally at the end of the opening day for the first time this season. The result marks Thierry’s 60th WRC career stage win, of which 27 have been taken with Hyundai Motorsport (6 in 2014, 10 in 2015 and 11 – so far – in 2016).

Neuville commented: “A great day for us and we were able to finish it by securing our 60th WRC stage win! I think everyone is pleased to see us back at the front, and we are definitely very happy to be here. Of course, we have to acknowledge that we have had a road position advantage today, with the benefit of the earlier drivers cleaning the road. However, we have had a pretty good run today with five stage wins and a lot of increased confidence for Nicolas and myself. Tomorrow’s stages will offer a different picture and it will be an interesting fight. All we can hope is that the car continues to give us a good feeling and that we can demonstrate the sort of pace we have had today.”

Sordo and co-driver Marc Martí (#4 New Generation i20 WRC) fought consistently on today’s stages and are firmly in the hunt for a strong points scoring finish this weekend. With six tough and challenging stages tomorrow, the #4 crew will still be hoping to improve on their position on the overall classification.

Sordo commented: “It was an OK day for us and it’s good to be inside the top-six. We have been lacking a bit of confidence on most stages today. The conditions were quite slippery at times. We found the car to behave quite well overall, but it was difficult to drive outside the line on the afternoon loop. We need to find some modifications to improve the car a bit for tomorrow. The final stage today (SS9) played to our strengths and we could set a good time. There are some tough stages left in this rally so we have to keep pushing and seeing where we can make up time.”

In their second WRC event of the season so far, Abbring (#10 Hyundai i20 WRC) and co-driver Seb Marshall experienced a broken propshaft during the morning loop, which hampered their day. They had to complete the morning stages with front wheel drive only and were then playing catch-up in the afternoon loop.

Abbring commented: “We wanted to have a better start to this rally after our struggles in Portugal, but it wasn’t to be. We broke the propshaft which meant we had front wheel drive only and that forced us to nurse our way through the morning loop. We were able to fix things at lunchtime service and in the afternoon, we took things cautiously to try and build a rhythm but it was far from straightforward. Still, the rally is not over yet and we look forward to a more productive, positive and useful learning experience tomorrow.”

Having finished on the podium in Sardinia twelve months ago, Paddon and co-driver John Kennard (#3 New Generation i20 WRC) were aiming for a repeat performance. Unfortunately, they lost time in the morning loop after clipping a wall in SS4, and were then forced to retire for the day after an ‘off’ in SS7. The team will assess the damage on Paddon’s car later in the evening and check if the damage is reparable.

Paddon commented: “There are no words to truly convey our disappointment with today. It’s been another one to forget and I can only say that I’m sorry to the team – it was a silly mistake. We didn’t have a good morning loop and were frustrated that we lost a lot of time through a spin, and subsequent contact with a wall that damaged our rear suspension arm. We were hoping to get things back on track this afternoon but we had an off at the end of SS7 which meant our day was over.”

Sardinia was a positive rally for Hyundai Motorsport twelve months ago with Paddon and Neuville securing the team a double podium. With Neuville setting the pace on the opening day, the team will be hoping to renew its podium charge in the remaining two days.

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “We’ve all delighted in seeing Thierry and Nicolas back at the top of a WRC standings today. They have had a strong day, making the most of their road position, to secure five stage wins and to put themselves in contention for the podium this weekend. A great opening day for them and for the team! Dani has had a trouble-free day in sixth and he will be pushing tomorrow to find more performance in an effort to move up the classification. On the other side of things, Kevin struggled with a broken propshaft on the morning loop, which was not an ideal way to start his second event of 2016. It was another disappointing retirement for Hayden. He is quick to acknowledge what happened and we appreciate his honesty; this is rallying and these things happen. We will wait for the car to return to service to assess the damage and check if he will be able to re-join tomorrow under Rally 2 regulations.”

Saturday’s itinerary takes in a repeat loop of three stages – the 22.20km Monti di Alá, 22.39km Coiluna-Loelle and the longest stage of the weekend, the 44.26km Monte Lerno.

Overall Classification after Day One
1-T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) 1:14:03.2
2-J. M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +11.1
3-S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +40.3
4-A. Mikkelsen / A. Jaeger (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +57.5
5-M. Østberg / O. Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +58.5
6-D. Sordo / M. Marti (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) +1:18.6
7-U. Scandola / G. d’Amore (Škoda Fabia R5) +2:29.1
8-H. Solberg / I. Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:32.5
9-O. Tanak / R. Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:35.6
10-E. Lappi / J. Fern (Škoda Fabia R5) +2:39.2

24. K. Abbring / S. Marshall (Hyundai i20 WRC) +8:17.0

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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 has developed a brand new car, the New Generation i20 WRC, which made its rally debut with a podium finish in Rallye Monte-Carlo in January 2016. The team registered its first win with the new car in Rally Argentina, the fourth round of the season.

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

About Hyundai Motor
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://globalpr.hyundai.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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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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