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Quarta, 30 Outubro 2019 05:32 | Actualizado em Sábado, 11 Janeiro 2020 12:56

Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
 
  • A double podium in Race 2 of the WTCR Race of Japan kept driver Norbert Michelisz and the BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse team in contention for teams’ and drivers’ titles
  • Mason Filippi won both TCR America races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Copeland Motorsports, completing an amazing first season of racing for the Veloster N TCR
  • With a dominant victory in the final round of the season Simone Tempestini clinched the Romanian national rally title in his first year with the i20 R5.
Hyundai Motorsport’s customers in the FIA WTCR series continued their push for both the teams’ and drivers’ championships in Japan, where they claimed a double podium. There were also wins for Hyundai TCR cars in season finales in China and the USA. Dominant performances in the final rallies of the season in Romania and Slovenia showed the performance of the i20 R5, and completed remarkable season where Hyundai crews won the title in both countries.
 
Victory in Japan keeps i30 N TCR driver in championship battle
 
Norbert Michelisz added a fourth win of the FIA WTCR season to his tally at the Suzuka Circuit (October 25-27). The Hungarian scored points in each of the three races in his BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse i30 N TCR, keeping up the pressure on the championship leader with two weekends remaining on the schedule. His victory in Race 2, which temporarily gave him the points’ lead, came with teammate Gabriele Tarquini also on the podium in third place.
 
Tarquini left Japan having finished in the top-ten in each of the three contests – a seventh place finish in Race 1 and a fourth in Race 3 sandwiching his podium visit. Combined with Michelisz’s successful weekend the points kept the duo third in the teams’ championship, closing the gap to the leading squad. BRC Hyundai N Lukoil Racing Team – the second i30 N TCR customer team in the series – currently sit fourth in the championship.

 
Norbert Michelisz - Race of Japan - i30 N TCR
Gabriele Tarquini - Race of Japan - i30 N TCR
Engstler takes victory from final TCR China weekend of 2019
 
Continuing his cameo appearance in the closing rounds of the TCR China series Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Junior Driver Luca Engstler claimed pole position and Race 1 victory at the Zhouzhou International Circuit (October 26-27). The young German, who scored two wins in his first appearance in the series with the i30 N TCR last month, dominated the first race of the weekend after starting at the front to claim the top spot on the podium.
 
In race 2 he added second place to his weekend – the last of the series’ season – despite spinning after behind hit by a rival.
 
Strong performance in Donington races closes TCR UK season                               
 
Lewis Kent ended his TCR UK season with two podiums at Donington Park (October 19-20). The young British driver performed strongly throughout the weekend, which he entered chasing the title. He was able to outpace his rival in qualifying to start from the second row of the grid. However, after first lap contact had to fight back up the order from the rear of the field in Race 1. His charge ended in third place of the TCR runners to see him make up points on the championship leader, who he overtook during his recovery drive.
 
The second race also saw him move the order. After a battle of position that lasted several laps Lewis lifted himself into second in the TCR category and began to chase down the leader for a position that would have given the championship win. However, while he was able to take time out of the gap in the closing laps he finished in second place in the TCR UK class, confirming him in the same position in the final 2019 standings.
Lewis Kent - Donington Park - i30 N TCR
Lewis Kent - Donington Park - i30 N TCR
Double victory on Copeland Motorsports’ TC America return
 
Copeland Motorsports and driver Mason Filippi returned to the TC America paddock at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (October 18-20), with victory in both races at the last weekend of the championship. Filippi put the team’s Veloster N TCR on pole for the first 40 minute encounter, and from then on was never headed throughout the weekend. He won Race 1 by 2.6 seconds, but also set the fastest lap which placed him on pole for Race 2 the following day. Again, he leaped into the lead from the rolling start and controlled the pace from the front, once more taking the chequered flag more than two seconds clear of those behind.
Mason Filippi - Las Vegas - Veloster N TCR
Mason Filippi - Las Vegas - Veloster N TCR
Race 1 victory provides final weekend highlight for Italian TCR customers
 
Three i30 N TCR lined-up for the final weekend of racing in the TCR Italy championship at Monza (October 19-20). Series regular Marco Pellegrini was joined by Damiano Reduzzi – returning to the series with his Trico WRT run car. Felice Jelmini made his TCR class debut in a third Hyundai on the grid, entered by PMA Autosport. The weekend started well for Jelmini as he qualified second on the grid in an i30 N TCR 1-2 behind Target Competition man Pellegrini. However, a poor start in treacherously slippery conditions dropped him back into the pack where early contact put him out of contention.
 
Pellegrini also battled against the difficult conditions – at one point falling to 10th place. However, in a remarkable few laps – including one where he passed five cars – he moved into the lead to claim a third win of the season. Any hopes he had of a double victory to finish the season were dashed when he was penalized in Race 2, as Reduzzi and Jelmini drove to finish fifth and sixth respectively.

 
Marco Pellegrini - Monza - i30 N TCR
Felice Jelmini - Monza - i30 N TCR
Dominant display nets national championship in Romania
 
Simone Tempestini’s fifth win of the Romanian championship season clinched the national title for him and co-driver Sergiu Itu in their first season with the i20 R5 and customer team Friulmotor. The pair won seven of the eight tests on TESS Rally Brasov (October 18-19) to secure overall victory by over two minutes. The performance, and the end result, was typical of the crew’s season in domestic competition, where they have won all-but-one the events they entered and totaled 49 fastest stage times across the season.
Simone Tempestini - i20 R5 - Rally Brasov
Simone Tempestini - i20 R5 - Rally Brasov
Hyundai Slovenia crew finish national season with victory after superb performance
 
Already crowned the national champions for the season Rok Turk and Blanka Kacin ended the Slovenian national season with a dominant performance at Rally Idrija (October 26-27). The Hyundai Slovenia supported pairing won every one of the rally’s nine stages in their Friulmotor prepared i20 R5. They claimed overall victory – their fourth of their domestic campaign – with nearly 90 seconds in hand over their nearest rival.
First i20 R5 victory in German national championship
 
Hermann Gassner Jr. claimed a first overall win in the German national championship at the wheel of an i20 R5 with a superb performance on the 3-Städte Rallye (October 18-19). He and co-driver Ursula Maryhofer won all-but-one stage on the season-ending rally to give the Hyundai car its first overall success in the championship. The result also left the crew just a single point short of claiming the national title after an incredible run of podiums which saw them come home in the top-three on every round this season.
Hermann Gassner Jr. - 3-Städte Rallye - i20 R5 (Image by Matthias Österreicher)
Hermann Gassner Jr. - 3-Städte Rallye (Photo by Matthias Österreicher)
Hyundai Czech backed team wins European Rally Trophy
 
Driver Ondřej Bisaha and the Hyundai Czech supported Lenner Motors team won the European Rally Trophy, contested as part of the Rallye International du Valais (October 16-19). One of the teams invited to contest the Trophy – held as part of a single event – Bisaha and co-driver Petr Těšínský led those in contention for the title almost uninterrupted through the event – only being headed for a single stage in the overall standings. Their performance also left them eighth overall in the final results where he was up against crews with far greater experience of the famed event.  
 
Top-tens for i20 R5 customers on French tarmac
 
Three i20 R5 customers finished in the top-ten overall on the Critérium des Cevennes (October 25-26). The trio was led home by Raphaël Astier, who finished fourth overall in his CPI racing owned car. Sarrazin Motorsport driver Ludovic Gal finished seventh overall with Jordan Berfa in ninth place in his Turbo ABP Competition run entry.
 
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Senior Sales Associate Andrew Johns said: “In recent results we have seen again the strong performance of all three Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing-built cars – the Hyundai i20 R5, i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR. Teams with each have taken victories after very strong performances. In Romania and Slovenia crews have completed dominant seasons where they claimed multiple wins to clinch the national titles. With our TCR customers we have been able to celebrate a strong finish to the season in the UK, as well as wins in Asia where our FIA WTCR customers continue to push for a successful defense of the teams’ and drivers’ titles they secured last year.”


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