- Hyundai Motorsport has summarized a ambitions to competition for a FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles in 2019
- Revised organisation choice sees Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen tackle a finish deteriorate with Dani Sordo scheduled for 8 rounds and Sébastien Loeb for six.
- Under new Team Director Andrea Adamo, Hyundai Motorsport will competition a many extensive deteriorate in WRC to date with 14 rounds, including a new eventuality in Chile.
January 11, 2019 – On a eve of a central WRC deteriorate launch during a Autosport International show, Hyundai Motorsport has summarized a intentions to competition once again during a really forefront of a FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), with a sights set resolutely on a manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles.
The group finished as runners-up in 2018, for a third time in a row, carrying taken a pretension quarrel down to a wire. In one of a closest, many hotly contested seasons in new years, a three-way conflict was usually resolved during a deteriorate culmination in Australia.
Running a revised organisation choice and with an extended calendar of 14 rounds in 2019, Hyundai Motorsport will aim to revisit a rival form that helped it measure 3 victories and 11 lectern finishes final season.
With WRC’s regulations remaining stable, a group has been means to develop a technical foundations of a convene winning Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. All aspects of a automobile have been rigorously assessed in sequence to perform consistently opposite all terrains in a entrance season. A code new eventuality in Chile will join a existent events on a universe tour.
Led by new Team Director Andrea Adamo, a targets for Hyundai Motorsport in a sixth deteriorate are clear. He said: “Our objectives for WRC sojourn a same as they have been for a past years, namely to quarrel for a manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles. This is critical for Hyundai and a N brand. The WRC is impossibly rival and a other teams will wish to proceed a new deteriorate with a same winning mind-set. We have to make certain we’re delivering and behaving during a best during all times.”
Three Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC cars will competition in any of a 14 rounds on a calendar in 2019. Last year’s clamp champions Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul will be assimilated by Norwegian organisation Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger-Amland in all events.
Neuville said: “We have used a event of a winter mangle to recharge a batteries prepared for another conflict on a WRC titles. We showed a lot of guarantee final deteriorate and gave it a best shot but, for several reasons, we weren’t means to means a challenge. We recognize that coherence is an critical area of alleviation for a team, as good as formulating strength in abyss opposite all crews. We will work together to try and mountain a best debate to date though we know a rivals are clever so we have to redouble a efforts.”
Mikkelsen said: “I am prepared to put a formidable 2018 behind me and proceed a new deteriorate with renewed purpose and attack. Although a formula were blank final year, we schooled a lot about a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC and we feel we are softened prepared for 2019. As one of a full-time crews for a team, we know we need to be chasing a front-running positions during any rally. We design a manufacturers’ conflict to be only as tighten as it was final year – if not closer – so we need to make certain we’re removing all we can out of ourselves and a automobile from a outset.”
Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio – twice lectern scorers final deteriorate – will take partial in 8 events, starting during Rally México. Meanwhile, nine-time WRC champions Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena have assimilated Hyundai Motorsport on a two-year contract. Their six-round module for 2019 commences during Rallye Monte-Carlo.
Sordo said: “We are entering a code new deteriorate though a targets sojourn a same – to be rival during any turn we tackle. we was gratified with how things went final year, scoring dual podiums and frequently inside a top-five. We will be doing some-more WRC events in 2019, starting from Mexico, so we am carefree we can start a deteriorate fighting during a front. Hyundai Motorsport has turn a really special group to me, and we am gay to continue a operative attribute into a sixth season. We need to put all of a use into use and make certain this is a year where it all comes together.”
Loeb said: “I am gratified to be fasten such a good choice of crews for my initial deteriorate with Hyundai Motorsport. It is transparent to me that a automobile was a rival package in 2018, that enabled a group to quarrel for a championship titles right to a really end. Thierry has softened a lot in new years and is a genuine pretension contender. He is quick on each surface, that is important. Andreas, too, has proven his speed. Dani is a man we know best in WRC, as we were teammates in a past. It promises to be a good season. we wish we can get adult to speed with a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC fast and be means to uncover rival pace.”
Hyundai Motorsport continues to rest on a support of a proven partners, including pretension sponsors Shell and Hyundai Mobis. Running underneath a Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team ensign for 2019, a group has also combined new partners to a module with Open Location Platform association HERE Technologies, and general watch code Jacques Lemans.
Team Director Andrea Adamo: “We have all a mixture to win in WRC. There is zero lacking compared to a rivals. We are right adult there in terms of a engineering capability. We are arguably a strongest in terms of a organisation choice – Thierry, Andreas, Dani and Sébastien are all top-level drivers. we am assured we have a package to win.”
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Established on 19 Dec 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is obliged for Hyundai’s tellurian motorsport activities, including a FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and Customer Racing projects. In WRC, Hyundai Motorsport fast determined a clever repute holding feat in a entrance deteriorate in 2014. The group amassed 10 wins adult to a finish of a 2018 deteriorate and finished as runners-up in a manufacturers’ championship on 3 uninterrupted occasions. Since a investiture of a Customer Racing activities in Sep 2015, Hyundai Motorsport has turn a devoted partner for teams and drivers looking for success on a convene stages or on racetracks around a world. From a rival i20 R5 convene automobile to a rival i30 N TCR, Hyundai Motorsport-built cars have claimed feat in several championships, including inhabitant convene array in France and Spain, as good as a teams’ and drivers’ titles in a initial FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) season. Unified underneath Hyundai Motorsport, WRC and Customer Racing are together personification instrumental roles in pushing Hyundai’s tellurian high-performance N brand, and are ancillary an critical notice change for a Hyundai code around a world.
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