Hyundai Motorsport Surges Ahead With Strong Rally De Portugal Performance

Hyundai Motorsport Surges Ahead with Strong Rally de Portugal Performance

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Hyundai Motorsport has taken a significant step forward in the World Rally Championship (WRC), regaining the lead in the manufacturers’ standings and extending their drivers’ championship advantage after a remarkable showing at Rally de Portugal. The team achieved impressive second and third place finishes over the weekend, showcasing their resilience and skill. Ott Tänak and…

Hyundai Motorsport Surges Ahead With Strong Rally De Portugal Performance

Hyundai Motorsport has taken a significant step forward in the World Rally Championship (WRC), regaining the lead in the manufacturers’ standings and extending their drivers’ championship advantage after a remarkable showing at Rally de Portugal. The team achieved impressive second and third place finishes over the weekend, showcasing their resilience and skill.

Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja secured their first podium finish of the season, demonstrating unwavering determination across Sunday’s four stages. Their remarkable performance in the first loop of Fafe earned them the fastest time by four seconds, followed by another stage win in SS21. A final push in the Power Stage crowned them as the Super Sunday leaders and propelled them to third in the drivers’ championship standings.

Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe maintained a strong presence, finishing second in the first three stages on Sunday and expanding their lead over fourth place to 31.9 seconds. Their flawless run in the Power Stage solidified their third-place finish and further extended their lead in the drivers’ championship. They now head to Rally Italia Sardegna with a 24-point advantage over Elfyn Evans.

Dani Sordo and Cándido Carrera navigated the foggy and humid conditions with caution, ensuring a stable pace to safely bring their Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid to the Power Stage. Their consistent performance in SS22 Fafe secured a top-five finish, contributing valuable points to the team’s championship campaign.

Hyundai Motorsport now leads the manufacturers’ championship by four points as they prepare for the legendary Rally Italia Sardegna from 31 May to 2 June, the second of seven consecutive gravel rallies.

Crew Notes
Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja

Tänak expressed his satisfaction despite a slow puncture affecting his performance: “The outcome is not too bad, it was just very unfortunate to pick up the slow puncture, but otherwise I would say very positive. Without the puncture, I think I could have gone for the win. On Friday I was struggling the most, but after I was slowly getting used to the car and that let me find a good rhythm. On Saturday the stages were very different, and overnight I was able to understand what I needed to do differently from Friday to make the most of the car.”

Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe

Neuville reflected on their successful weekend: “It’s been a great Super Sunday for us once again after another positive day on Friday. A very challenging and difficult weekend but we finished with the result we needed, plus another five points in the Power Stage. We’ve increased the lead in the championship for us by 24 points, which is a strong lead to have before Sardinia where another challenging weekend is waiting for us.”

Dani Sordo/Cándido Carrera

Sordo highlighted the challenges of the rally: “Today was a little bit difficult with the conditions we had in the morning, but the first two days were really promising. Of course I’m happy to get to the end of the day with some really good points, and for my first weekend back with the team I think we have still managed to help them get back to the top of the manufacturers’ championship. It was a good gravel rally to start with, one that I know well, and it’s a good one to enter before Sardinia.”

Team Principal’s Remarks

Hyundai Motorsport president and team principal Cyril Abiteboul praised the team’s efforts: “It’s been a positive rally with some great teamwork and very strong performances from both Ott and Thierry. Thierry is leaving Portugal having extended his lead over Evans, something that is crucial in a championship where points are so hard to score. Ott on his side is starting to increase his confidence in the car, demonstrated by some very strong stage times to take home the most points of the weekend. This is very encouraging considering the amount of gravel events we are about to face.

“There is still more work to be done so he can continue to maximise his opportunities over the next six rounds. On Dani’s side, he has contributed massively to the points for the manufacturers’ standings and has been the support that the team needed. At the next round we will see what we can do to help him improve his performance even more in the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid. All three of the crews’ results have helped us edge into the lead of the manufacturers’ championship, so it’s an important result for the remainder of our season.”

Final Results Rally de Portugal:

  1. S. Ogier / V. Landais (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid) – 3:41.32.3
  2. O. Tänak / M. Järveoja (Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid) – +7.9
  3. T. Neuville / M. Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid) – +1:09.8
  4. A. Fourmaux / A. Coria (Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid) – +1:47.8
  5. D. Sordo / C. Carrera (Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid) – +2:48.9
  6. E. Evans / S. Martin (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid) – +6:36.0
  7. N. Gryazin / K. Aleksandrov (Citroën C3) – +11:48.4
  8. J. Solans / R. Sanjuan (Toyota GR Yaris Rally2) – +11:52.9
  9. J. McErlean / J. Fulton (Škoda Fabia RS) – +11:56.1
  10. L. Joona / J. Hussi (Škoda Fabia RS) – +13:40.3

Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings:

  1. Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team – 219
  2. Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team – 215
  3. M-Sport Ford World Rally Team – 110

Championship for Drivers’ Standings:

  • T. Neuville – 110
  • E. Evans – 86
  • O. Tänak – 79
  • A. Fourmaux – 71
  • S. Ogier – 70
  • T. Katsuta – 49
  • K. Rovanpera – 36
  • E. Lappi – 23
  • A. Mikkelsen – 14
  • O. Solberg – 12

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