Hyundai Motorsport claims fifth podium of 2016 in Poland

  • Hyundai Motorsport finished third and fourth in Rally Poland, the seventh round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), picking up 27 manufacturer points
  • Hayden Paddon took his third podium of 2016 finishing in third position overall after a nerve-wracking Power Stage in treacherous conditions
  • Thierry Neuville picked up a Power Stage point on his way to fourth overall, just 0.8s behind his teammate Paddon. Dani Sordo retired from the top-ten on the penultimate stage.

- Hyundai Motorsport has added a fifth podium to its 2016 tally after a competitive showing for the team in Rally Poland, round 7 of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver Hayden Paddon claimed his third top-three result of the season so far, finishing third overall at the end of a dramatic final stage. Just 3.1-seconds separated second, third and fourth positions at the conclusion of 21 competitive stages, with Thierry Neuville taking fourth spot, 0.8-seconds behind Paddon.

Wet, slippery conditions made for a thrilling final morning as drivers negotiated two runs of the 21.25km Baranowo and 8.55km Sady stages. There was disappointment for Dani Sordo as the Spaniard retired from a top-ten position on the penultimate stage after hitting a bank. Neuville, however, finished the event with a flourish; the Belgian took third in the Sady Power Stage, to pick up an additional championship point.

At the season’s halfway point, with seven WRC rounds still to contest, the Hyundai Motorsport team holds second in the manufacturers’ standings with 135 points after adding 27 points today. Paddon moves up to third in the drivers’ classification with Sordo and Neuville inside the top-six.

For Paddon (#4 New Generation i20 WRC) and co-driver John Kennard, today’s result marks a third podium of the 2016 season following second place in Sweden and victory in Argentina. The Kiwi crew navigated the tricky conditions on Sunday morning, fending off a close challenge from Neuville for the third place.

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