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Segunda, 27 Janeiro 2020 18:10 | Actualizado em Sábado, 23 Outubro 2021 19:34

Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
  • i30 N TCR customers Hyundai Team Engstler won both races on the opening weekend of the new TCR Malaysia season
  • The Hyundai USA backed Bryan Herta Autosport team started their title defence in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with a consistent showing at Daytona International Speedway
  • The WRC 3 season began at Rallye Monte-Carlo, with i20 R5 crews showing good pace on the event’s typically treacherous stages.
 New seasons are underway for both our rallying and racing customers with contests around the world already completed with Hyundai Motorsport-built cars having already shown excellent pace at some of the most famous events and venues in the motorsport world.  
Winning start to Hyundai customers’ Malaysia campaign
i30 N TCR customers got off to a superb start at the first races of the TCR Malaysia season at the Sepang Circuit (January 17-18). Coming into the year as the defending series champion Luca Engstler got his campaign off to the perfect start – after heading both qualifying sessions to take pole position the German led every lap on his way to victory to start the weekend.
The Race 1 pole position then put Engstler on the back row of the grid for the second contest of the meeting. However, he was still able to drive up to third on the opening lap, while his teammate – Austrian Nicolas Gruber – had moved into the lead off the start.
Gruber held strong throughout the race to claim a maiden TCR victory on his first outing with the i30 N TCR. Engstler, however, fell back from the podium places in the closing laps after picking up a slow puncture.
Australian Declan Fraser completed the team’s trio of entries for the weekend, taking a best result of fourth away from his i30 N TCR debut.
Luca Engstler - i30 N TCR - TCR Malaysia
Nicolas Gruber - i30 N TCR - TCR Malaysia
Overall podium on i30 N TCR for Dutch squad
Ferry Monster Racing scored an overall podium in their first race with their newly purchased i30 N TCR. The Dutch team, with drivers Dennis de Borst and Lorenzo van Riet, finished in third place in the Dubai 6H at the Dubai Autodrome (January 9-11). The performance also gave them second in class and the fastest lap of those running with TCR machinery from an event where they’d also led the same group in qualifying. 
Ferry Monster Racing - i30 N TCR - Dubai 6H
Ferry Monster Racing - i30 N TCR - Dubai 6H
Bryan Herta Autosport makes consistent start to IMSA title defence
The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge began with the four-hour race at Daytona International Speedway (January 22-24) with five Veloster N TCR among the biggest ever TCR grid for the series. The Hyundai USA supported Bryan Herta Autosport team started their title defence with an expanded three car line-up. Each of the squad’s crews was among the top times in the practice and qualifying sessions, and continued to run in the lead group throughout the race.
At one point during the event the three machines ran first, second and third and remained closely matched to the chequered flag, finishing in fourth, fifth and sixth. The Veloster N TCR contingent were led home by the #98 entry of Mason Filippi and Michael Lewis who narrowly missed out on a podium when an incident on track meant the race ended under a full-course caution. TCR newcomers Gabby Chaves and Ryan Norman, who led the class at half distance, ended in fifth ahead of the #21 car driven by Harry Gottsacker and Mark Wilkins.
The race at Daytona also marked the Veloster N TCR debut for the Forty7 Motorsports team, who fielded two cars in the event. Of the entries it was the #74 of A.J. Muss and Ben Waddell that recorded the better result, coming home ninth.
Mason Filippi/Michael Lewis - Veloster N TCR - IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
A.J. Muss/Ben Waddell - Veloster N TCR - IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
i30 N TCR in indoor racing display
Lewis Kent’s 2020 season began more than a little earlier than many of his TCR UK rivals at the Autosport International Show (January 9-12). The Essex and Kent Racing driver was among those invited to take part in the event’s live display – showcasing the best of UK motorsport in an indoor area. The i30 N TCR – which the team will use in their TCR UK campaign – was the only Touring Car, of any specification, to take part in the demonstration which helps to kick off the British racing season.
i20 R5 crews leave Monte-Carlo without reward for pace
i20 R5 customers showed strong pace on the tricky roads of the Rally Monte-Carlo (January 23-26) but ultimately left without the result their performance deserved. Stéphane
Sarrazin, driving a car prepared by his own team, was among the fastest drivers in the re-named WRC 3 category for R5 privateers in the opening action, and set the fastest time in the category on the opening stage of Friday’s running. However, a mistake in the afternoon put him out of the rally.
Likewise the promising runs of Italian drivers Umberto Scandola and Andrea Nucita were hampered by errors on the rally’s infamous mix of tarmac, ice and snow.
Stephane Sarrazin - i20 R5 - Rallye Monte-Carlo
Umberto Scandola - i20 R5 - Rallye Monte-Carlo
Driver takes overall victory on i20 R5 debut
Spanish driver Blas Pons made his first competitive start in an i20 R5 at the Rally Sant Salvador (January 25), the opening round of the rally championship on the Balearic Islands. Driving his newly purchased car Pons set the best time on the opening run and led for the duration of the six-stage event, taking a further two top times on his way to victory.
Young Irish trio set for i20 R5 campaigns
Motorsport Ireland announced a three-pronged campaign for young rally drivers who will take the i20 R5 to different championships around Europe. Each one selected is a winner of the governing body’s Billy Coleman Award, given to the best up-and-coming talent from the country, and will use the season ahead as they continue to develop their driving career.
Callum Devine will run a full European Rally Championship season, aiming to add to the excellent podium result he scored in treacherous conditions on Rally Hungary to close out 2019. James Wilson will tackle the gravel events of the Irish Forestry championship in his own i20 R5, while Josh McErlean will contest the British Rally Championship.
Callum Devine
Josh McErlean, Callum Devine, James Wilson
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Senior Sales Associate Andrew Johns said: “The seasons in both racing and rallying are now well underway, even though we are not yet out of January. Our Veloster N TCR customers started their season with arguably the biggest event of their year with a good result and a consistent performance for both the experienced drivers and the teams who were new to the car and the TCR category. Similarly, i20 R5 customers in WRC 3 started with one of the most famous rallies in the world and showed promising pace in typically difficult conditions. After both events everyone can be optimistic in looking for top results during the season ahead.”

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