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Quarta, 04 Setembro 2019 07:57 | Actualizado em Sexta, 22 Outubro 2021 17:53

Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
  • Luca Engstler secured the TCR Asia drivers’ title by finishing on the podium in both races of the championship’s finale weekend at the Bangsaen street circuit
  • Veloster N TCR teams lie first and second in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge standings, after another strong result at Virginia International Raceway
  • Dani Sordo dominated the field at the Rally de Neuquén in Argentina, running as an invitational entry with Chilean team Point Cola Racing.
 i30 N TCR customers celebrated the end of a remarkable TCR Asia season in Thailand, ending the year as both drivers’ and teams’ champions. Elsewhere, others continue to notch up race wins and podiums, strengthening their own championship credentials with attention increasingly focused on the closing rounds of the season.
Hyundai Junior clinches TCR Asia title
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Junior Driver Luca Engstler clinched the TCR Asia title with pole position and a pair of podiums from the series finale on the street circuit in Bangsaen, Thailand (August 30-September 1). The crown completed a superb season for i30 N TCR customers in the series, where they also collected the teams’ championship and gave Hyundai the Car Model of the Year honour.
Engstler finished second in Race 1, but only after driving back through the field after a lap one incident. He then finished third in Race 2 to seal the title in style. Diego Moran, Engstler’s Liqui Moly Team Engstler teammate and main rival, won both contests of the finale weekend. As a result he closed the season with three consecutive victories at the wheel of his i30 N TCR to secure second in the standings ahead of Solite Indigo Racing driver Pepe Oriola, who ended the season with second in Race 2, sandwiched between Moran and Engstler in an eighth i30 N TCR 1-2-3 in the ten round season.
The technical street circuit also saw Eurasia Motorsport driver Hua Yang Gao score a first podium of the season – third in Race 1. He finished the season fifth in the standings, behind teammate Daniel Miranda.
Luca Engstler - TCR Asia - Bangsaen
TCR Asia - Bangsaen
Sunday double strengthens TCR Australia advantage
Will Brown enjoyed a return to the front of the TCR Australia field at Winton Motor Raceway (August 30-September 1). The HMO Customer Racing driver claimed his first pole position of the season from qualifying, and started the weekend with second place in Race 1 to keep himself on the front row for Sunday’s Race 2. From there he made no mistake. After taking the lead on the opening lap he pulled away, easing out to an eight second lead before the chequered flag. The same pace was on show in Race 3 to complete the double victory for Brown. From pole position he galloped clear to win by more than 10 seconds, and extend his lead in the championship to 116 points. Nathan Morcom, in the team’s other i30 N TCR, finished fourth on both Sunday events after starting the weekend with a fifth in Race 1. 
Will Brown - TCR Australia - Winton Motor Raceway
Will Brown - TCR Australia - Winton Motor Raceway
Bryan Herta Autosport Veloster N TCR 1-2 in IMSA standings
Bryan Herta Autosport’s pair of Veloster N TCR teams sit first and second in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge points after another strong run at the series’ most recent meeting at Virginia International Raceway (August 23-24). Drivers Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker scored their third consecutive podium, finishing second in the two-hour race to climb up to second in the points.  They now sit just five markers behind teammates Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis, who rebounded from a late penalty to take fourth position to protect their championship lead with two rounds remaining in the season.
Mason Filippi, Harry Gottsacker - Virginia International Raceway
Mark Wilkins, Michael Lewis - Virginia International Speedway
i30 N TCR driver remains second after tough Imola weekend
Marco Pellegrini held on to second position in the TCR Italy championship after the two races at Imola (August 30-September 1). The Target Competition driver was running well throughout much of the event, but was unable to bank the points his performance in the i30 N TCR deserved. He was forced to retire from a podium place in Race 1 in the closing laps, and was battling for the Race 2 lead when he was forced off the track, losing time that dropped him into the back half of the top ten. Two weekends of racing remain in the championship.
Sordo revels in invitational run aboard an i20 R5
Running as an invitational entry in the Rally de Neuquén (August 30-September 1) in Argentina Dani Sordo was dominant in an i20 R5 prepared by Chilean team Point Cola Racing. On the gravel roads he was quickest overall on nine of the event’s 13 stages to complete the rally as the overall winner by nearly two minutes. Furthermore Martin Scuncio, one of the team’s regular drivers in their domestic campaign, finished an impressive fifth overall after a strong run that included beating Sordo to the top time on SS3.
Dani Sordo - Rally de Neuquen
Martin Scuncio - Rally de Neuquen
Australian podium clinches Pacific Cup for Paddon
Hayden Paddon secured the Pacific Cup title at the wheel of a Walkem Motorsport run i20 R5 by finishing third on the Eureka Rush (August 24-25). The Kiwi, running with co-driver Samantha Gray, was comfortably fastest on the early stages of the rally. They won each of the first three stages and had built a lead of over 30 seconds before a problem forced them out of the afternoon. On their return the following day they again showed dominant pace on the stages by winning three of the four tests to secure the crucial points to make sure of the Pacific Cup at the end of season that included rallies in both New Zealand and Australia.
i20 R5 crew leads the way in South America
Hyundai Paraguay supported driver Diego Dominguez leads the South American CODASUR rally championship after the Rally Santa Cruz de la Sierra (August 23-25). A consistent run on the gravel event, highlighted with third position on the day 2 stages, was rewarded with a fifth place finish among those contesting the continental championship. The result maintained his lead in the standings with the crews now facing only one more round in the championship, in Uruguay during November.
Friulmotor crews finish 1-2 on team’s home event
Friulmotor run i20 R5 finished first and second in the Coppa Italia element of the Rally del Friuli Venezia Giulia (August 30-31), with drivers Filippo Bravi and Rok Turk sharing the event’s six stage victories between them, including setting identical times on one occasion. Their similar pace kept them in a close fight with each other for the overall win, but it was Italian Bravi and co-driver Enrico Bertoldi who finished 3.6 seconds clear of Slovenian Turk, who in turn was ten seconds ahead of the next best crew.

Filippo Bravi
Rok Turk
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Senior Sales Associate Andrew Johns said: “Being able to celebrate any title win with our customers is fantastic, but do so after such a dominant year in TCR Asia is very special. That i30 N TCR drivers have stood on all three steps of the series’ podium in all-but-two races of the season is an incredible achievement. Such is the strength of both our TCR and R5 projects that we have many drivers and teams in contention for titles in the closing rounds of their championships. Assured of the performance of the cars we look forward to supporting them in search of the victories they deserve.”

About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and Customer Racing projects. In WRC, Hyundai Motorsport quickly established a strong reputation taking victory in its debut season in 2014. The team amassed ten wins up to the end of the 2018 season and finished as runners-up in the manufacturers’ championship on three consecutive occasions. Since the establishment of its Customer Racing activities in September 2015, Hyundai Motorsport has become a trusted partner for teams and drivers looking for success on the rally stages or on racetracks around the world. From its competitive i20 R5 rally car to the competitive i30 N TCR, Hyundai Motorsport-built cars have claimed victory in several championships, including national rally series in France and Spain, as well as the teams’ and drivers’ titles in the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) season. Unified under Hyundai Motorsport, WRC and Customer Racing are together playing instrumental roles in driving Hyundai’s global high-performance N brand, and are supporting an important perception shift for the Hyundai brand around the world.

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