Career-best matching second in latest German round
Hermann Gassner Jr. matched his career best result – set earlier this year also in an i20 R5 – by finishing second on Rallye Erzgebirge (October 4-5). Driving a car prepared by his family’s Gassner Motorsport team the crew of Gassner Jr. and Ursula Mayrhofer gave, arguably, their best performance to date in the German national championship. The pair won the last six stages of the rally, and while the string of top times made little difference to the overall results, it saw them close in on the leader to finish only seven seconds behind. The points cemented them further in second in the championship in their first full season campaigning in the four-wheel-drive car.
Podium result takes Portuguese title battle to the final round
Team Hyundai Portugal driver Bruno Magalhães made sure to take the battle for the Portuguese national championship into the final round of the season as he finished on the podium at Rali Vidreiro (October 4-5). Taking third place overall he ended the rally only eight seconds behind the leader at the end of a tight battle for the top positions. The result extended his streak of podium finishes in the series to three as he continues to push through the second half of the campaign, his first year with the Hyundai Portugal supported i20 R5 squad.
His teammate Armindo Araújo finished the rally fifth overall, with Manuel Castro driving a third i20 R5 into the top ten overall, in ninth in the final standings.