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Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
  • Max Hesse and Hyundai Team Engstler won the drivers’ and teams’ championships respectively in a dramatic finale for the TCR Germany series
  • HMO Customer Racing i30 N TCR pilot Will Brown clinched the inaugural TCR Australia title with a round to spare
  • Second place within the Slovenian championship runners on Rally Nova Gorica gave Hyundai Slovenia backed Rok Turk the national title in his first year with an i20 R5.
 Hyundai Motorsport customers have added further to the Customer Racing department built cars’ growing list of honours, with superb performances securing titles in the German, Australian and European TCR series, as well as the Slovenian rally championship. Meanwhile, other Hyundai drivers continue to score wins with, increasing their personal tallies as they continue their own campaigns with the ambition of increasing the number of successes still more.
Finale victory secures dramatic TCR Germany title double
Victory in the last race of the TCR Germany season at the Sachsenring (September 27-29) clinched the double of the drivers’ title for Max Hesse and the teams’ honour for the Hyundai Germany supported Hyundai Team Engstler outfit. Furthermore i30 N TCR customers finished 1-2 in both the championship standings and the finale with HP Racing International’s Hari Proczyk ending as Hesse’s nearest challenger in both cases.
The podium results came after a tough first race of the weekend as all the Hyundai customers had to contend with carrying maximum compensation weight that made the cars more than 100kg heavier than their nearest rival. While Proczyk claimed fourth place, Hesse could only finish eighth as his lead was reduced to a handful of points before Race 2. However, the 18-year-old turned in a mature performance in Sunday’s event. He patiently worked his way from fifth on the grid to the lead to be in position to take the title after the season came to a dramatic crescendo with a final lap sprint following a safety car period.
Hyundai Team Engstler - TCR Germany
Max Hesse - TCR Germany
Brown takes first TCR Australia title
i30 N TCR driver Will Brown secured the inaugural TCR Australia title after a consistent showing at the series’ penultimate round at Sandown Raceway (September 20-22). The HMO Customer Racing man started the meeting with a commanding points’ lead and sealed the championship win by beating his nearest challenger in all three of the encounters at the Melbourne track. Brown’s second place in Race 1 was his best finish of the weekend, needing only a pair of seventh places from Sunday’s contests to clinch the title with a round to spare.
His teammate Nathan Morcom lies fifth in the championship standings after scoring a pair of top-ten finishes, one on each day of competition.
HMO Customer Racing - TCR Australia
Will Brown - TCR Australia
Hyundai driver leads TCR Europe points ahead of the final round

Josh Files will lead the TCR Europe field into the final round of the season, after protecting his championship lead over two races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (September 20-22). Files’ Spanish weekend started well in his Target Competition run i30 N TCR, taking the four points on offer for qualifying second behind his teammate Andreas Bäckman, who took his second consecutive pole position. However, a mistake prevented Files from matching his starting position in the results. He rebounded to take fifth place in Race 2, despite starting from ninth on the grid to be able to lead the championship into the finale at Monza.
Customer Racing Junior Driver Bäckman, meanwhile was able to celebrate his first win in the championship after converting his pole position into Race 1 victory. The points he scored, together with those he collected for topping qualifying, kept him in mathematical contention for the title and – added to a seventh place for Dominik Baumann – helped Target Competition clinch the teams’ championship one round early. Away from the Italian squad it was a strong weekend for M Racing’s Nelson Panciatici, who finished fifth and sixth in the races to climb to fourth in the championship, sandwiched between Bäckman and Luca Engstler in his M1RA run i30 N TCR.
Josh Files - TCR Europe
Andreas Bäckman - TCR Europe
Class victory in New Zealand endurance series opener
Drivers Gene Rollinson and Rhys Gould claimed class victory and an impressive sixth overall with their i30 N TCR in the first round of the South Island Endurance Series at Teretonga Park (September 21) in New Zealand. The pair’s pace meant they not only beat their rivals in class – set by engine capacity of the different cars – in the three hour contest but also put them ahead of several teams running GT machinery in the race.
Rok Turk caps first Hyundai i20 R5 season with national championship win
By finishing second among the domestic championship entrants on the Rally Nova Gorica (September 19-21) Hyundai Slovenia backed Rok Turk won the national championship with two events still remaining on the season. Lifting the championship title capped off a fine year for Turk and co-driver Blanka Kacin in their debut season with the i20 R5, and Hyundai customer team Friulmotor.
Turk’s performance gave him third overall on the rally, with Hermann Gassner Jr. two places behind, completing the top five in his i20 R5, a finish which saw him second in the Mitropa Cup results.
Rok Turk - Rally Nova Gorica
Rok Turk - Rally Nova Gorica
Tempestini adds to dominant Romanian season
Simone Tempestini scored a fourth win of the Romanian national season, with a typically dominant performance at the Transilvania Rally (September 26-29). On an event which also hosted the international TER Series Tempestini and co-driver Sergiu Itu won seven of the nine stages run in their i20 R5. Overall, they led home by over a minute in both international and domestic competitions, the result helping to cut the points’ gap at the top of the series as they aim to defend their national title.
Simone Tempestini - Transilvania Rally
Simone Tempestini - Transilvania Rally
Comeback drive ends with Spanish podium
Iván Ares won the last seven stages of the Rallye Villa de Llanes (September 27-28) to mount a superb comeback after a puncture lost him more than two minutes to the rally leader. The problem pushed Ares from second down to tenth in the overall standings before he began his run that also saw him claim the bonus points on the TC Plus power stage. With each quickest time he rose up the order, eventually retaking the second place he had lost. Counted together he was nearly a minute faster than the overall winner following the puncture, allowing him to limit the points lost in the Spanish tarmac championship standings.
Ivan Ares - Rallye Villa de Llanes
Ivan Ares - Rallye Villa de Llanes
Podium on return to action for Hyundai Italy supported crew
Umberto Scandola and Guido D’Amore were among three i20 R5 in action at Il Nido dell'Aquila (September 27-28) where the Italian Gravel championship returned after its summer break. The pair, who is supported by Hyundai Italy through the S.A. Motorsport team, completed a consistent event. Their times improved throughout, helping them climb to third at the start of the second leg of the rally. They maintained that position with good stage times to be able to stand on the overall podium.
Bernini Rally-run crew Luigi Ricci and Alessandro Biordi made sure a second i20 R5 in the top ten at the end of the event, claiming seventh position.
Umberto Scandola - Il Nido dell'Aquila
Umberto Scandola - Il Nido dell'Aquila
De Jong continues strong 2019 with podium finish
Bob de Jong finished third overall on the Hellendoorn Rally (September 20-21) in his native Netherlands. He and co-driver Bjorn Degandt started the event with three consecutive stage wins before settling into a consistent rhythm that paved the way for a podium finish and second place among the runners in the Dutch Open championship, the 2019 title having already been secured by de Jong at the previous round.  
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Senior Sales Associate Andrew Johns said: “Championship victories in Australia and Germany have continued a remarkable season for our Hyundai i30 N TCR customers. Their strength all year, and that shown by the Hyundai Slovenia team in the Hyundai i20 R5,  has been very impressive and championship wins are well-deserved reward for their hard work and the drivers’ excellent performances. That they were able to secure the TCR Australia and Slovenian Rally titles with events to spare only goes to prove the combination of pace and reliability in the Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing built cars.”   

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