01.08.2016 Press release

Hyundai Motorsport drivers in close fight to finish in Rally Finland

  • A positive final day for Hyundai Motorsport with a stage 1-2 in SS22 and in the Power Stage, with two cars inside the top-five
  • Thierry Neuville finished the rally in fourth place just 2.3 seconds ahead of his team-mate Hayden Paddon after a thrilling battle, and only 4.6-seconds off the podium
  • Kevin Abbring claimed his first top-ten finish of the season in his first WRC event with the New Generation i20 WRC

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Hyundai Motorsport has completed Rally Finland with two New Generation i20 WRCs inside the top-five of the overall classification after a close fight throughout the weekend and a strong Sunday.
On a positive final day, Thierry Neuville registered a stage win in SS22 (Oittila) with Hayden Paddon right behind. It marked the team’s 30th stage win of the season and a fourth stage 1-2 of 2016. They then added to that in spectacular style with a 1-2 in the rally-concluding Power Stage - picking up extra points.
Hyundai Shell World Rally Team drivers Neuville and Paddon have been inseparable all weekend, as they have fought hard for a podium finish. Ultimately, the pair had to settle for fourth and fifth positions despite reducing the gap to the podium to just 4.6-seconds during Sunday’s four stages.
The result gives Hyundai Motorsport a healthy haul of manufacturer points and helps to solidify the team’s second position in the WRC Manufacturers’ Championship.
Neuville (#3 New Generation i20 WRC) and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul equalled their Rally Finland result from twelve months ago as they finished in fourth place. Although not the podium they were hoping for, it continues a strong run of results for the Belgian crew following victory in Sardinia and fourth place in Poland.


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