Hyundai Motorsport conquered the tenth podium result in Turkey

  • Hyundai Motorsport has increased its lead in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ standings with a hard-fought podium in Rally Turkey
  • Third place for Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger-Amland netted the Norwegians their third podium of the season and the team’s tenth in total for 2019
  • Dani Sordo completed the rally in fifth with Thierry Neuville taking four consolatory Power Stage points after his roll on Saturday morning.

- Hyundai Motorsport has claimed its tenth individual podium of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season with a third-place finish in Rally Turkey.

The result sees the team increase its lead in the manufacturers’ standings to 19 points with three rounds of the season remaining.
 
Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger-Amland secured the result with a competitive performance, claiming their third stage win of the weekend on the final morning. It marks the Norwegian crew’s third podium of the season in the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC following second place in Argentina and third in Sardinia.

Sunday’s itinerary covered four stages over a distance of just 38.62km: Gökçe (11.32km), Çiçekli (13.20km) and two runs through Marmaris (7.05km), the second of which acted as the rally-concluding Power Stage.
 
A clean final day for Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio saw the Spaniards confirm fifth place to add important points to Hyundai Motorsport’s championship total. Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, meanwhile, completed the rally with second place in the Power Stage at the end of a disappointing weekend. The Belgian crew saw their hopes of a victory push ruined after a roll on Saturday morning lost them over four minutes of time.  
 
Neuville holds third place in the drivers’ classification on 180 points, 30 from the lead, with Mikkelsen moving up to fourth position with 94.

Crew Notes: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger-Amland (#89 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Three stage wins (SS1, joint with Neuville, SS9 and SS16)
  • Third podium result of 2019 and fourth in total for Hyundai Motorsport

Our target for today was to bring the car home and to secure our fifth place. With Andreas in third place, we have been able to take some important points for the manufacturers’ championship, which is good news. Without our puncture on Friday morning, we would have been able to put up an even stronger fight but these roads in Turkey can be extremely rough, so to make it to the end of the weekend in fifth place is not so bad.

Dani Sordo

Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Early fight for Turkish victory ended with roll on Saturday morning
  • Crew finished second in the Power Stage, having been among the front-runners all weekend

It has definitely been a disappointing and difficult weekend for us. In the dust on Saturday morning, my instincts told me to go too much to the right and we ended up in a ditch on our side. Four minutes of time loss later and we were in a very different rally. From there, our focus on was on scoring some points in the Power Stage. I gave it everything I could, and there was nothing more. That’s how it is. We have three rounds of the season left, so let’s move onto the next one and see what happens.

Thierry Neuville

It is not much use to say that it has been a tough rally for us. It is definitely not the result we would have hoped for. After a difficult Friday, I just asked my people to manage the situation, to bring back the best result possible and take as many manufacturer points as we could. Thanks to everyone for understanding my requests and supporting what I asked them to do, including the three crews. The fact we’ve increased our lead in the championship is the only positive thing I can take away from this rally.

Andrea AdamoTeam Director

Next Rally

  • The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) continues onto the gravel roads of Wales Rally GB in a few weeks’ time
  • The 12th round of the season takes place from October 3-6.

Final Overall Classification – Rally Turkey

1S. OgierJ. IngrassiaCitroën C3 WRC3:50:12.1
2E. LappiJ. FermCitroën C3 WRC+34.7
3A. MikkelsenA. Jæger-AmlandHyundai i20 Coupe WRC+1:04.5
4T. SuninenJ. LehtinenFord Fiesta WRC+1:35.1
5D. SordoC. del BarrioHyundai i20 Coupe WRC+2:25.9
6J.M LatvalaM. AnttilaToyota Yaris WRC+2:59.1
7K. MeekeS. MarshallToyota Yaris WRC+3:53.3
8T. NeuvilleN. GilsoulHyundai i20 Coupe WRC+5:34.8
9P. TidemandO. FløeneFord Fiesta WRC+7:22.9
10G. GreensmithE. EdmondsonFord Fiesta R5+15:18.7

2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings

After round 11

1Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team314
2Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team295
3Citroën Total World Rally Team259
4M-Sport Ford World Rally Team184

2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings

After round 11

1O. Tanak210
2S. Ogier193
3T. Neuville180
4A. Mikkelsen94
5K. Meeke86
6J.M Latvala84
7T. Suninen83
8E. Lappi80
9E. Evans78
10D. Sordo72
11S.Loeb39

All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.