- Hyundai Motorsport heads to Sardinia for round six of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) seeking better fortune than in Rally de Portugal last month
- The team will enter four cars for the second consecutive rally with Test and Development driver Kevin Abbring joining Hayden Paddon, Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville
- Sardinia will offer Hyundai Motorsport happy memories from last year’s event in which the team secured its best finish of the season with a double podium result.
It’s been a busy time for Hyundai Motorsport. Paddon’s crash in Portugal, and the subsequent fire that ensued, resulted in his car being destroyed, so the team has had to build a brand new car from scratch. Paddon’s crew returned from Portugal earlier than the rest of the team to begin work and impressively turned around the job in just seven working days.
Returning to the coastal resort town of Alghero, where Hyundai Motorsport celebrated a double podium in 2015, Italy’s summer WRC round is a rough, rock-strewn gravel challenge that often favours a lower road position. Ambient temperatures can top 30 degrees Celsius and cause strain on engines, tyres, components and crews as the cockpits reach 50-plus over a stage.
The New Generation i20 WRC has proven to be competitive during the first five WRC events of this season, with podiums in Monte Carlo and Sweden and a spectacular win in Argentina. Despite taking a solid fourth in Portugal, the team will be aiming for a smoother rally in Sardinia - and be looking for a return to the podium.
Monte Actuo plays host to day two in the eastern part of the north with six stages totalling a massive 177 competitive kilometres. The final day takes place just north of Alghero with the picturesque Cala Flumini coastal road and the new Sassari-Argentiera stage, which forms the event’s 6.96km Power Stage.