Hyundai Motorsport concludes season with final push in Wales Rally

  • Hyundai Motorsport has completed Wales Rally in fourth and fifth position
  • Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon both fought hard in an effort to help the team secure second in the Manufacturers’ Championship but the team missed out
  • Hyundai Motorsport finishes in third place overall after a competitive, consistent season in which the team has established itself as genuine challengers in WRC.

- Hyundai Motorsport has brought its 2nd season in the FIA World Rally Championship to a competitive conclusion with two cars registering top-five finishes in Wales Rally GB, the final round of 2015.

Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon both enjoyed trouble-free runs through Sunday’s four stages, to secure fourth and fifth places respectively at the end of the season-ending Brenig Power Stage.  Both Hyundai Shell World Rally Team drivers gave everything they had in a bid to chase second place in the Manufacturers’ Championship.
 
Ultimately, the result was not quite enough to overhaul the Citroën World Rally Team for the runner-up spot a position that Hyundai Motorsport held for earlier in the season - as the team ended the season six points adrift in third place.  
 
Wales Rally GB lived up to its reputation as a classic but tricky WRC round with inclement weather conditions making stages unpredictable and demanding for all drivers. Following the enforced retirements of Kevin Abbring on Friday and Thierry Neuville on Saturday, all eyes were on Sordo and Paddon to end Hyundai Motorsport’s second season in style.
 
Sordo (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) and co-driver Marc Martí were focused on getting to the end of the rally after difficulties on Saturday morning had dropped them slightly down the order. A steady Sunday allowed the Spaniards to reclaim fourth place, their second consecutive top-four result after the podium in Rally de España.

It’s been a difficult weekend but we got a good top-five result at the end. We knew heading into this final day that it would be difficult to take second place off Citroën and so it proved to be. I think we can be satisfied to have finished the season on a charge. These Welsh stages have been hard to read in terms of the grip levels and we’ve worked hard to improve from one day to the next. It’s been another valuable weekend and brings to an end a positive season for us. The podium in Sardinia was definitely a standout moment. We’d have liked a few more results like that but we’ve built good momentum during the year, which we will take forward to 2016. Thanks to everyone at Hyundai Motorsport for a job very well done this season.

Hayden PaddonHyundai Shell World Rally Team

Hyundai Motorsport has made significant improvements in its second full WRC campaign, building on the firm foundations from the debut season. The team showed consistency and competitiveness throughout the season to establish itself as a legitimate challenger for second place, fighting right until the very end of Wales Rally GB.

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