Hyundai Motorsport continues performance push for WRC title

  • Hyundai Motorsport will compete in Rallylegend (San Marino) and Rally Ciudad de Granada (Spain) in October alongside its FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) commitments
  • The commitment to additional rally events forms part of the company’s concerted push to make its Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC as competitive as possible on all terrains
  • Hyundai Motorsport currently leads the manufacturers’ championship by eight points with four rounds of the season remaining in Turkey, GB, Spain and Australia.

- Hyundai has announced its participation in the forthcoming Rallylegend and Rally Ciudad de Granada events as part of the company’s push for performance in the final rounds of the 2019 FIA WRC.

In a closely fought season to date, Hyundai Motorsport has claimed three WRC victories and a total of nine individual podium finishes across its crews. The team is currently leading the manufacturers’ championship by eight points over its nearest rivals while Thierry Neuville moved up to second place in the drivers’ standings after Rallye Deutschland, 33 points adrift of the front-runner.

The Alzenau-based squad has enjoyed one of its most competitive seasons in the top flight of international rallying, demonstrating improved pace from the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC on all terrains. The team has shown a reduced performance gap to its rivals, underscored recently by the improvement on tarmac at Rallye Deutschland. These extra rally rounds will allow the team to increase its efforts as the season reaches its epic conclusion, giving the crews an opportunity to improve their feeling with the car.

Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul will contest Rallylegend in San Marino (October 10-13), a tarmac event that follows the Wales Rally GB round of the WRC. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena will join Rally Ciudad de Granada in Spain (October 18-19), a gravel competition in the week before Rally de España.

Participating in the Rallylegend and Rally Ciudad de Granada events in October will allow us to be as prepared as possible for the final rounds of the WRC season. We are making every effort to be fully ready for the challenges that we will face against our competitors in the remaining rallies. The entire team is doing an amazing job to include these events alongside our WRC commitments, and I am thankful to them. We have pushed hard to make our car more competitive this year in an extremely close championship battle. The gap has been reduced but we now have to redouble our efforts as the season finale approaches as we fight for our title ambitions.

Andrea AdamoHyundai Motorsport Team Director