Hyundai Motorsport scores victory: Neuville shoots winner in Sardinia

  • Hyundai Motorsport has taken its third WRC win as Thierry Neuville stormed to victory at Rally Italia Sardegna
  • Dani Sordo finished in fourth place for the fourth rally in a row, and moves up into second place in the Drivers’ Championship
  • Kevin Abbring finished second in the Power Stage to pick up two Championship points - his first in the WRC

- Hyundai Motorsport has secured its second victory of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season with a dominant performance by Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul in Rally Italia Sardegna.

Neuville has been on sublime form all weekend, extending his lead over Volkswagen Motorsport’s Jari-Matti Latvala on the final morning to win the rally by 24.8 seconds.

The result marks the second victory for the New Generation i20 WRC this season, and the team’s third win in total after Rallye Deutschland in 2014 and Rally Argentina back in April.

Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul

Dani Sordo and Marc Martí had a trouble-free final four stages on Sunday to claim their fourth consecutive fourth position, and earning them 12 Championship points. Kevin Abbring and Seb Marshall, meanwhile, were on top of their game to finish second in the Power Stage, securing their first WRC points.

For Neuville (#20 New Generation i20 WRC), the victory is the result of a concerted team effort and marks his first victory in WRC since Germany 2014. It is the most accomplished performance of his career with nine stage wins over the weekend, and leading the rally continuously since SS7 on Friday.

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