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Quarta, 16 Outubro 2019 05:23 | Actualizado em Sexta, 24 Janeiro 2020 08:43

Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
 
  • Josh Files claimed the TCR Europe drivers’ title, securing the honour with victory in the final race of the season at Monza
  • Hyundai Veloster N TCR customers Bryan Herta Autosport clinched both the drivers’ and teams’ titles from their debut year in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
  • Surhayen Pernía boosted his chances of a first Spanish tarmac championship crown with a first i20 R5 victory on Rallye Santander Cantabria.
Hyundai Motorsport’s TCR customers clinched the teams’ and drivers’ titles in the leading TCR series in both Europe and America, adding further to the superb season for customers running the i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR around the world. There were also strong performances by i20 R5 crews throughout Europe, led by Tom Cave’s R5 class podium on Wales Rally GB, and a first Hyundai win in the Spanish national tarmac series for Surhayen Pernía.
 
Josh Files takes TCR Europe title with final race win
 
A third win of the season in Race 2 at Monza (October 11-13) clinched the TCR Europe drivers’ title for Target Competition i30 N TCR driver Josh Files. Files came into the final round of the championship with a healthy advantage but needed to drive from ninth to third in Race 1 to limit the ground lost to his nearest rival after a missing out on the bonus points available from qualifying.
 
The same ninth fastest in qualifying, however, gave him a front row start for Race 2, which he took advantage of to take the lead on the opening lap. From there he could manage his pace to hold the front throughout the race to claim victory and seal the title for himself, to add to the teams’ championship already taken by Target Competition at the penultimate round.
 
It was a strong weekend for i30 N TCR customers. Files’ Race 1 move up the order was followed by his Target teammates Maťo Homola, Andreas Bäckman and Dominik Baumann all of whom drove up into the top ten, Baumann gaining 14 places in his charge from 22nd on the grid to eighth.
Veloster N TCR takes IMSA titles in debut season
 
Bryan Herta Autosport captured both the teams’ and drivers’ titles in the first season of racing with the Veloster N TCR in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. Furthermore the Hyundai America backed team finished first and second in both championships after an excellent year from the entire team. The titles were clinched by the #98 car and drivers Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins, who took their third win of the year at the finale at Road Atlanta (October 10-11). The pair rode a perfect strategy to the front of the TCR class in the two-hour race, securing the title in perfect style.
 
Teammates Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker finished the race fourth, with the teams’ strategy again proving crucial to their result. The points they scored were enough to take second in the championship for both them and the #21 entry to complete an amazing weekend.

 
Kiwi duo repeats as Endurance Series class winners
 
Drivers Rhys Gould and Gene Rollinson continued to dominate their class in New Zealand’s South Island Endurance Series. The pair took their Racer Products-run i30 N TCR to seventh overall in the three-hour race at Highlands Motorsport Park (October 4-5). They were the clear winners of Class B – where they compete against teams with other TCR-spec cars, and other machinery with similar power – beating their nearest rival by seven laps around the 4.1km circuit. 
 
First career i20 R5 victory boosts Spanish title hopes
 
Surhayen Pernía scored his first Spanish tarmac championship victory at the wheel of an i20 R5 at the Rallye Santander Cantabria (October 11-12). Running on his home event Pernía and co-driver Alba Sánchez also boosted their hopes of taking a first national title as they closed on the championship leaders with two rallies now remaining in the season.
 
Another Hyundai España supported i20 R5 driver – Iván Ares – led the championship standings ahead of the event. He protected his advantage, and completed a Hyundai 1-2 on the rally. He won four consecutive stages to lead until he suffered a puncture which dropped him to second in the overall standings. Pernía himself closed the event with three best times of his own, stretching his margin of victory out to 45 seconds.
 
Superb third on Welsh WRC stages
 
Tom Cave rounded off a strong year at the wheel of an i20 R5 by finishing 11th overall on Wales Rally GB (October 3-6) in his PCRS prepared car. The Welshman was strong throughout the weekend on the gravel roads of the event setting times that frequently saw him among the top five times for R5 runners on the event. His result not only gave him third among the R5 crews, but also first of the privateer teams on the event finishing behind only those in the premier WRC class and the manufacturer-supported R5 crews.
 
It was a good weekend all-round for the i20 R5 crews on the event. In the shorter national event John Wink and co-driver Neil Shank were dominant winners. In their i20 R5 they won half of the stages of the event to complete as victors by over 90 seconds.
Seven stage wins paves the way for dominant Polish win
 
Returning to the Polish national championship at the Rajd Dolnośląski (October 4-6) Bryan Bouffier dominated the weekend. The Frenchman, together with countryman Xavier Panseri, won seven stages on the tarmac event in their i20 R5 to take the overall win by nearly 40 seconds for a first victory for Hyundai customers in the country. In the same event Kacper Wróblewski matched his best result of the season, as he came home in fourth overall, alongside Jacek Spentany in the Kowex Racing prepared machine.
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. 
Friulmotor boss takes podium from Croatian outing
 
Friulmotor boss Claudio De Cecco finished second overall in his i20 R5 on Rally Poreč (October 11-12) in Croatia. Running with daughter Lisa as co-driver De Cecco won the opening stage of the rally, which also counted towards the Slovenian national championship. Though they ended the first day of competition losing time – and the overall lead – to a puncture, together they added a further three top times through the rally.
 
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Senior Sales Associate Andrews Johns said: “The combination of drivers’ and teams’ titles in both TCR Europe and the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge has made for a fantastic weekend for our TCR customers. Their season-long performance is the perfect illustration of the performance that both the Hyundai i30 N TCR and Hyundai Veloster N TCR offer. Of course our Hyundai i20 R5 crews continue to push for their own championships, and the results in both Portugal and Spain mean that teams supported by Hyundai national markets will go into the closing rounds fighting for titles. There is still work to complete, both for them and for the Customer Racing department in Alzenau, as we continue to push to make sure our customers can compete in whatever series they choose.”


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