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Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
  • In his first season with the Veloster N TCR Tyler Maxson secured the TC America title with a round to spare after winning two races at Circuit of the Americas
  • Defending champion and i30 N TCR customer Dmitry Bragin remains in contention for the TCR title with one round to go after victory in changing conditions at NRing
  • Customer Racing Junior Driver Grégoire Munster claimed his first overall win with an i20 R5 on the French gravel championship round at Rallye Castine – Terre d’Occitanie.
 The number of Hyundai customers to claim championship titles continues to grow, with Veloster N TCR customer Tyler Maxson the latest to clinch a crown at the wheel of Customer Racing department-built car. There was also a major milestone for one of the rally Customer Racing Junior Drivers, with a first overall win driving the i20 R5.
Maxson clinches maiden TCR title from debut season
Tyler Maxson was crowned TC America champion at Circuit of the Americas (September 18-20) after another superb performance in the series. By winning the first of the three races held at the track over the weekend he built himself an insurmountable lead and guaranteed himself the title in his first season of racing with the Veloster N TCR with a round to spare. He also set fastest lap in the opening race, putting him on pole position for the contest the following day, which he converted into an 11th win of the year.
Tyler Maxson - Circuit of the Americas
Tyler Maxson - Circuit of the Americas
Double victory for i30 N TCR drivers in latest German outing
i30 N TCR drivers Jan Seyffert and Antti Buri each scored both their first wins of the 2020 TCR Germany season, and their first as Hyundai customers, at Hockenheim (September 18-20). Seyffert took advantage of his front row spot to take victory in Race 1 of the weekend, leading a 1-2 finish for the HP Racing International team ahead of Hari Proczyk.
Buri made his way to the front from fifth in Race 2, before pulling away for his first win with the Hyundai Deutschland-supported Hyundai Team Engstler squad.  
Antti Buri - Hockenheim
Jan Seyffert - Hockenheim
Dominant victory from reverse grid pole at Vallelunga
A dominant first i30 N TCR win for Igor Stefanovski in Race 2 of the meeting at Vallelunga (September 18-20) was the highlight of the latest TCR Italy event. The North Macedonian driver started from pole position on the partially reversed grid and was unchallenged throughout the entire race. Behind him Target Competition’s Marc Pellegrini finished fourth – and now lies third in the points’ standings as the best Hyundai customer – with Ettore Carminati in fifth after charging up the order from 13th on the grid.
In Race 1 PMA Motorsport man Felice Jelmini narrowly missed out on a podium place after his battle to take third was brought to a premature end by a crash for another competitor which saw the final ten minutes of the race run behind the Safety Car before being stopped.
Igor Stefanovski - Vallelunga
Felice Jelmini - Vallelunga
Victory in challenging conditions in penultimate TCR Russia round
Defending champion Dmitry Bragin kept himself in contention for the TCR Russia championship with a crucial win in the first race at the NRing (September 18-20) in Nizhny Novgorod. His victory came from a challenging Race 1 at the track, which started on a damp track and ran into wetter conditions through the middle part of the contest. After moving up a position to second through the opening corners, Bragin maintained his pace through the rain and was able to take full advantage when the conditions caught out the leader to take the top position.
Andrey Maslennikov finished second in Race 2 for Lukoil Racing Team, after starting from the front row. Bragin was credited with a sixth placed finish – one spot behind fellow i30 N TCR driver Klim Gavrilov – and now lies third in the championship standings with only one weekend remaining.
Dmitry Bragin - NRing
Andrej Maslennikov - NRing
Homola takes podium for second consecutive TCR Europe weekend
Maťo Homola stood on the podium for the second consecutive weekend in TCR, as the series travelled to Monza (September 25-27). The BRC Racing Team driver started from fifth on the partially reversed grid for Race 2, and was almost immediately part of the battle for the podium, eventually finishing third in his i30 N TCR.
The Monza weekend also saw the TCR Europe debut of Felice Jelmini and the PMA Motorsport team. Despite qualifying only 12th he was able to climb the order to finish an excellent fourth in Race 1, one place ahead of Target Competition driver John Filippi. In total four i30 N TCR finished in the top ten of the opening race – Customer Racing Junior Drivers Daniel Nagy and Jessica Bäckman finishing sixth and seventh respectively.
Jelmini and Filippi also took top-ten finishes from Race 2 – coming home seventh and ninth.
Mato Homola - Monza
Felice Jelmini - Monza
Bryan Herta Autosport duo take podium from Mid-Ohio double-header
Bryan Herta Autosport driver Gabby Chaves and Ryan Norman took a podium from the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge’s unique double-header weekend at Mid-Ohio (September 25-27). After Spencer Brockman and Parker Chase finished as the best Veloster N TCR in a fourth place for the Hyundai USA-supported team in Saturday’s race Chaves and Norman climbed onto the podium after Sunday’s two-hour event. The result helping them protect their points lead after the first event since the series introduced Compensation Weight – which gave all the Hyundai cars an additional 60kg – for the first time.
Race 1 win keeps Danish team in title race
A second win of the inaugural TCR Denmark season at Ring Djursland (September 26) kept i30 N TCR customer Martin Andersen in contention for the title. After starting from the front row Andersen made his move for the lead just before the half-way point of the race to lead home by two seconds.
From eighth on the reversed grid of the day’s second race he initially made quick progress. However, he was handed a penalty for contact with another racer, meaning he had to climb up the order once more, eventually taking points for fourth place.
Martin Andersen - Ring  Djursland
Martin Andersen - Ring Djursland
Junior Driver takes first overall win with i20 R5
Customer Racing Junior Driver Grégoire Munster scored his first overall victory with the i20 R5 at Rallye Castine – Terre d’Occitanie (September 19-20). In his BMA-run entry Munster and co-driver Louis Louka won half of the twelve stages of the event to claim the win by 47 seconds. Not only was the win the pair’s first with the car, but it was also the first overall success for Hyundai customers in the French gravel rally championship, though i20 R5 Jordan Berfa did win the series’ title in 2017.
Gregoire Munster - Rallye Castine
Gregoire Munster - Rallye Castine
Dominant win on Croatian roads
Ondrej Bisaha was a dominant winner on the INA Delta Rally (September 24-26) as won overall by more than two minutes in his Lenner Motors-backed i20 R5. His pace was established one the opening day where he won all four stages run, and he continued to build his lead the following day with impressive top stage times on runs either side of the service that divided the two loops.
Ondrej Bisaha - Delta Rally
Ondrej Bisaha - Delta Rally
Consistent pace, overall podium on Dutch crew’s return to action
i20 R5 driver Bob de Jong returned to action as the Dutch rally championship restarted at the Vechtdal Rally (September 19). With co-driver Bjorn Degandt he set the second fastest time on every one of the event’s six stages. However, their consistency was only rewarded with a third place overall.
Bob de Jong - Vechtdal Rally
Bob de Jong - Vechtdal Rally
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Operations Leader Andrew Johns said: "Any time one of our customers wins a title it is always celebrated, and Tyler Maxson's TC America title is no different. To be so dominant in not only his first year with the Veloster N TCR, but his debut season in TCR altogether is a very promising sign for his career. Likewise it was great to see Grégoire Munster take a first overall win with the i20 R5 in France. The performance there really shows his pace, and hopefully gives him the confidence for his next events with the car."  

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About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Customer Racing and electric racing projects. In WRC, Hyundai Motorsport quickly established a strong reputation taking victory in its debut season in 2014. The team finished as runners-up in the manufacturers’ championship on three consecutive occasions between 2016 and 2018 before claiming its maiden title in 2019. Since the establishment of its Customer Racing activities in September 2015, Hyundai Motorsport has become a trusted partner for teams and drivers looking for success on the rally stages or on racetracks around the world. From its competitive i20 R5 rally car to the competitive i30 N TCR, Hyundai Motorsport-built cars have claimed victory in several championships, including national rally series in France and Spain, as well as consecutive titles in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) in 2018 and 2019. Designed and built at its Alzenau headquarters, the Veloster N ETCR was unveiled in September 2019 and heralds an exciting new era, in which electric racing is set to become one of the company’s pillars. Unified under Hyundai Motorsport, WRC, Customer Racing and electric racing are together playing instrumental roles in driving Hyundai’s global high-performance N brand, and are supporting an important perception shift for the Hyundai brand around the world.

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