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Terça, 21 Agosto 2018 20:17 | Actualizado em Quinta, 16 Janeiro 2020 06:23

Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
 
  • Target Competition driver Dušan Borković moved back into the TCR Europe championship lead, while Dániel Nagy took a first international win in his M1RA i30 N TCR
  • The Hyundai Deutschland supported Hyundai Team Engstler claimed a first victory in only their second weekend competing in TCR Germany
  • Paraguayan i20 R5 crew Diego Dominguez and Edgardo Galindo scored a third win of the season, as they chase the national title.
 
 Hyundai Motorsport customers in both the i20 R5 and i30 N TCR collected wins and podiums in the latest rounds of national and international competitions, with many now moving into the final events of season-long championship battles.
 
i30 N TCR heads race and championship in TCR Europe
 
A pair of top-six finishes from the TCR Europe weekend at Assen (August 18-19) lifted Target Competition i30 N TCR driver Dušan Borković back into the championship lead with two weekend’s worth of racing remaining. The Serbian raced from tenth to sixth in the opener, overtaking his closest title rival in the process, to take the top spot in the standings back, and then protected his newly won lead by finishing third in Race 2 at the Dutch track.
 
The performance was just one in a successful weekend in the series for Hyundai customers. In the opening race Hungarian Dániel Nagy claimed his first-ever international win in his M1RA run entry after a close wheel-to-wheel battle. He was joined on the Race 1 podium by Target driver Kris Richard in third. The Swiss completed his weekend with sixth place in Race 2, while Reece Barr in the third Target Competition entry claimed tenth place to close out the points’ positions. 
Daniel Nagy - i30 N TCR - TCR Europe - Assen
Dusan Borkovic - i30 N TCR - TCR Europe - Assen
Latest TCR customer takes maiden win in TCR Germany
 
Hyundai Team Engstler made their debut in TCR Germany at the Nürburgring (August 4-5), with two i30 N TCR entered for Luca Engstler and Théo Coicaud. Despite some minor difficulties in finding the opportunity for a flying lap in qualifying both drivers recorded a pair of top-ten results from the weekend. The performance of the i30 N TCR was underlined in Race 2 by Engstler as he fought from 18th on the grid up to sixth in the red flag shortened contest.
 
Just two weeks later the duo reaffirmed the strength of the car at Zandvoort (August 18-19). Engstler gave the i30 N TCR a first win in the very competitive championship in fine style. He took a lights-to-flag victory in Race 2 of the weekend for the Hyundai Deutschland supported team, with Coicaud powering to second from fifth place on the grid in the early laps after a brief Safety Car period to spark celebrations. For Engstler it was a first career win in the series, in only his second weekend at the wheel of the i30 N TCR. The success also saw him close the points gap in the championship standings, and he now lies well within reach of the leaders. 
Luca Engstler - i30 N TCR - TCR Germany - Zandvoort
Theo Coicaud - i30 N TCR - TCR Germany - Zandvoort
i30 N TCR dominant in latest US outing
 
The combination of Bryan Herta Autosport and the i30 N TCR proved unbeatable at the latest round of the Pirelli World Challenge at Utah Motorsports Campus (August 11-12). The two cars runs by the Hyundai America supported team finished first and second in both of the 40-minute races over the weekend, with Canadian Michael Lewis winning both encounters from Pole Position, ahead of teammate Mark Wilkins.
 
The results gave Lewis his third and fourth wins of the season – the most in the series - and brought the pair’s tally of 1-2 finishes to six from the ten events so far this season.  Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai lead the teams’ and manufacturers’ championships respectively with just two races remaining in the 2018 season. Lewis, meanwhile, lies second in the drivers’ standings by just a handful of points going into the finale.
Michael Lewis - i30 N TCR - Pirelli World Challenge - Utah
Bryan Herta Motorsport - Pirelli World Challenge - Utah
Silverware to show from TCR UK’s Oulton Park day trip
 
Young British driver Lewis Kent claimed a second podium of the TCR UK season during the series’ one-day meeting at Oulton Park (August 4). After finishing fifth in the opening race of the weekend Essex & Kent Motorsport man started the second event from the outside of the front row, before going on to finish third, holding the runaway championship leader at bay to keep a hold on the position.
Lewis Kent - i30 N TCR - TCR UK - Oulton Park
Lewis Kent - i30 N TCR - TCR UK - Oulton Park
i20 R5 crews busy in WRC2  
 
Hyundai customers enjoyed a strong showing in the WRC2 category at both Rally Finland (July 26-29) and Rallye Deutschland (August 16-19). While Hyundai Motorsport Driver development crew Jari Huttunen and Antti Linnaketo showed the performance of the i20 R5 on their home event with second place, the best customer through the fast Finnish stages was Pierre-Louis Loubet, who took fifth in class for BRC Racing Team despite incurring a 50-second penalty.
 
As the Finnish gravel gave way to the very different challenge of German tarmac roads Loubet and fellow i20 R5 WRC2 regular Nicolas Ciamin were joined by José Antonio Suárez on the entry list, the Spaniard adding the event to an already busy schedule in his home country. On this occasion it was Ciamin, run by Sarrazin Motorsport, who emerged as the best of the Hyundai customers in seventh, though without a 40-second penalty he would have been further up the standings.
Pierre-Louis Loubet - i20 R5 - Rally Finland
Nicolas Ciamin - i20 R5 - Rallye Deutschland
Podium places move Spanish crews up the standings
 
Only a late puncture prevented Iván Ares from taking victory on the Rallye de Ferrol (July 21-22). In pursuit of their second Spanish tarmac championship crown Ares and co-driver José Pintor held a 15-second lead with two stages remaining, only to fall to third with the time lost to a flat front-left.
 
Their misfortune allowed José Antonio Suárez in another of the Hyundai Motor España entered i20 R5 to move up to second place overall. In addition to the bonus points for winning the event’s TC+ Power Stage, the finish lifted Suárez to third in the championship while Ares, despite the disappointment of missing out on the victory, moved in the lead of the standings.
 
Ivan Ares - i20 R5 - Rallye de Ferrol
Ivan Ares - i20 R5 - Rallye de Ferrol
A pair of podiums in Paraguay
 
Diego Dominguez and co-driver Edgardo Galindo took two podiums in the space of a few weeks in the Paraguayan national championship. First at the Rally de la República Alto Paraná (July 27-29) the pair, supported by the national Hyundai importer, claimed a third victory of the season. Four consecutive fastest times to complete the opening day of the rally propelled the duo into the lead, and they were then able to measure their pace at the front of the gravel rally – winning another stage in the process – to win overall by ten seconds.
 
Their championship continued at the Rally de Cordillera (August 11-12). A familiar succession of stage wins on the final loop on the opening day put the Hyundai crew in the lead overnight to bank the all-important championship points on offer at the half-way point. However, problems following the resumption– started by a puncture in the first kilometres of the opening stage – would see them drop to fourth before the conclusion of the morning.
 
With the problem fixed in service they were able to recover some of the time and positions lost, moving back into third after setting the second fastest time on the Power Stage finale.
Diego Dominguez - i20 R5 - Rally de Cordillera
Diego Dominguez . i20 R5 - Rally de la Republica
i20 R5 remains the car to beat in Portugal
 
With only two events left to contest in the championship Armindo Araújo continues to lead the Portuguese championship in his Team Hyundai Portugal run i20 R5. He and Luís Ramalho finished fourth amongst the national runners at the Rali Vinho da Madeira (August 3-5) to preserve their lead.
 
They were joined at the team by Giandomenico Basso. The Italian was drafted into the team to continue his season in the Tour European Rally (TER) Series he won in an i20 R5 last season. Unfortunately, a small technical issue early in the rally prevented him from challenging for the top positions.
Armindo Araujo - i20 R5 - Rali Vinho da Madeira
Armindo Araujo - i20 R5 - Rali Vinho da Madeira
Season’s best for Korda crew on home event
 
Hungarian crew Szabolcs Várkonyi and Gergely Makai scored their best result of the season so far on home soil at the International Baranya Kupa (August 3-4). Competing in the Korda Racing prepared i20 R5 they finished sixth overall on the event, a spot that made them the fourth best R5 crew on the rally and – more importantly – the second of those registered for the international championship.
Szabolcs Varkonyi - i20 R5 - Int. Baranya Kupa
Szabolcs Varkonyi - i20 R5 - Int. Baranya Kupa
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Deputy General Manager Andrea Adamo said: “The success of the Customer Racing department can be judged on the results of the teams and drivers running the cars we have built, so to have so many in contention for their respective championships is hugely important. In TCR Europe and TCR Germany we have seen the Hyundai i30 N TCR take wins in very competitive series, and deliver strong enough consistency to put our customers among the front runners. Likewise in R5, we have crews in Portugal and Paraguay who have shown again and again the pace needed to compete year-long for the title, and now face the final rounds with a chance of taking the crown.”
 

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