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Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
  • Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team’s Nicky Catsburg scored a first FIA WTCR win at Slovakia Ring, as the i30 N TCR returned to the front of the series
  • i30 N TCR driver Lewis Kent completed a superb year in TCR UK, clinching the series title at the final weekend of the season at Donington Park
  • Hyundai Poland supported crew Jari Huttunen and Mikko Lukka clinched the Polish national rally championship, before taking a second WRC 3 win of the 2020 season in Sardinia.
 Hyundai Motorsport customers have enjoyed plenty of success in recent weeks in both international and national level competitions. These include a first win of the year in FIA WTCR, as well as a title win in TCR UK for i30 N TCR customers. On the rally stages Jari Huttunen clinched the Polish national title and then scored a second win of the WRC 3 season as his excellent 2020 season continues.
Driver’s maiden win highlights i30 N TCR performance in WTCR
Nicky Catsburg took his first win with the i30 N TCR at the FIA WTCR Race of Slovakia at the Slovakia Ring (October 9-11). The Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team driver was consistently running towards the front at the three-race meeting. After starting from the front row and leading early in damp conditions in Race 1 he was dominant in the final contest to claim victory – also setting fastest lap. Earlier in the day Gabriele Tarquini took third for BRC Hyundai N Lukoil Squadra Corse in Race 1.
The following week (October 16-18) at Hungaroring defending WTCR winner Norbert Michelisz took his i30 N TCR to the fastest lap in both Race 1 and Race 2 – taking a best result of sixth place in the second encounter. His teammate Tarquini, and Luca Engstler also took top ten results from the weekend where Nico Gruber and José Manuel Sapag made their WTCR debuts in cars run by Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team and Target Competition respectively.
Nicky Catsburg - WTCR Race of Slovakia
Norbert Michelisz - WTCR Race of Hungary
Junior Driver takes first TCR Europe win of 2020
Customer Racing Junior Driver Andreas Bäckman took a dominant win in Race 2 of the TCR Europe weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona (October 9-11). The Swede started from pole position on the partially reversed grid in his Target Competition car and was able to ease away in his i30 N TCR to record a first victory of the season. He was joined in the top ten in the final results by fellow Junior Driver Daniel Nagy, who brought his BRC Racing Team entry home in fifth.
Nagy was sixth in the opening race, where four Hyundai customers finished in the top ten. His BRC teammate Maťo Homola finished fourth after qualifying on pole with Target drivers Bäckman and John Filippi seventh and eighth respectively.
The weekend in Spain also saw the i30 N TCR debut of Argentine José Manuel Sapag, who took a best result of eighth in Race 2.
Andrea Bäckman - TCR Europe - Barcelona
Mato Homola - TCR Europe - Barcelona
Double victory on final weekend seals TCR UK title
i30 N TCR customer Lewis Kent clinched the TCR UK title after winning two of the three races on the final weekend of the season at Donington Park (October 17-18). The Essex & Kent Motorsport driver won the TCR UK class in both Race 1 and Race 2 at the track, while also fighting for the overall Touring Car Trophy (TCT) title.
Despite finishing only second in the final TCR UK event – and on the final step of the TCT podium – he was still able to celebrate with the TCR UK title, having also taken the battle for the TCT title into the final laps of the season.
Lewis Kent - TCR UK - Donington Park
Lewis Kent - TCR UK - Donington Park
Veloster N TCR 1-2 at Road Atlanta
Bryan Herta Autosport drivers Mason Filippi and Michael Lewis took a second win of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season at Road Atlanta (October 15-18) to move to the top of the series’ points. All four of the team’s Veloster N TCR entries were part of the lead battles during the two-hour race. Harry Gottsacker and Mark Wilkins took points for fourth in the #21 car, Spencer Brockman and Parker Chase sixth at the chequered flag in their #29 entry.
The race was also the IMSA debut for the Copeland Motorsports team. Fresh from collecting the titles in the TC America series with the Veloster N TCR the team and driver Tyler Maxson finished a remarkable second. Maxson himself was part of the thrilling wheel to wheel race with Wilkins for victory over the closing laps to take a podium spot in the car started by Tyler Gonzalez.
Mason Filippi, Michael Lewis - Road Atlanta
Veloster N TCR - Road Atlanta
Hyundai customer leads TCR Germany points after Red Bull Ring weekend
Hari Proczyk leads the TCR Germany points’ standings after two strong weekends in the series. The Austrian moved back to the top spot in the championship after winning Race 1 of his home round at the Red Bull Ring (October 16-18). He headed an incredible all-Hyundai top five together with Mitchell Cheah, Hyundai Germany guest driver Patrick Simon, Jan Seyffert and Antti Buri. In Race 2 Proczyk was able to further extend his lead by finishing second behind Hyundai Team Engstler man Buri in Race 2 in an i30 N TCR 1-2
Proczyk was also a winner at the previous round of the season at Sachsenring (October 2-4), where an excellent start from the second row of the grid lifted him into lead of Race 2 off the line. He was then able to hold the position throughout the 30-minute race. Buri – who now sits third in the championship – finished on the podium in Race 1, in third.
Hari Proczyk - TCR Germany
Antti Buri - TCR Germany
i30 N TCR drivers star in TCR Russia finale
A strong final weekend of the season allowed i30 N TCR driver Klim Gavrilov to take second in the final points’ standings for TCR Russia. He took the maximum score from Race 1 at Fort Grozny (October 9-10), by starting from pole position, setting fastest lap and taking the victory.
In the championship he finished one place ahead of TAIF Motorsport’s Dmitry Bragin – who ended his season with a pair of fourth places. There were also strong results at track or Grigory Burlutskiy and Ivan Lukashevich, who finished second and third in the final race of the season – Burlutskiy also picking up the final extra point for fastest lap.
Klim Gavrilov - TCR Russia
Ivan Lukashevich - TCR Russia
Huttunen heads R5 runners with strong run in Sardinia
Jari Huttunen finished an excellent eighth overall on Rally Italia Sardegna (October 8-11), claiming not only his second WRC 3 win of the season, but also the best result of any of the R5 crews entered on the rally. Though the Hyundai Poland Racing driver was only the fastest R5 runner on one stage during the event his consistency in avoiding mistakes, and the reliability of his i20 R5, allowed him to build a comfortable margin at the top of the category, eventually beating his nearest rival by well over a minute. The result allowed him to narrow the gap at the top the WRC 3 standings to just 2 points, with the points’ leader having completed one more round than Huttunen.
In WRC 2 Ole Christian Veiby picked up points for second place – after setting the best R5 time through two stages – as he finished fifth of the R5 runners. Hyundai Italia supported driver Umberto Scandola finished the event as the eighth best R5 entrant.
Jari Huttunen - Rally Italia Sardegna
Umberto Scandola - Rally Italia Sardegna
Hyundai Poland crew complete near-perfect national season
Second place on Rajd Świdnicki secured the Polish rally championship title for Jari Huttunen and co-driver Mikko Lukka. Entering the rally – the final event in a shortened national season – in the lead of the points the Hyundai Poland Racing pairing looked set to complete a perfect season with victory on every round. However, after recovering from a mistake that lost them over 40 seconds to retake the lead the suffered a puncture on the final stage that dropped them back to second, though the disappointment was soon eclipsed by the title celebrations.
APR Motorsport drivers Łukasz Byśkiniewicz and Marcin Słobodzian completed their own seasons with top ten finishes to finish the season fourth and fifth in points.
Jari Huttunen - Rajd Swidnicki
Jari Huttunen - Rajd Swidnicki
Podium result on ERC event in Portugal
Iván Ares finished an excellent third overall on Rally Fafe Montelongo (October 2-4) – the latest round of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). The Spaniard completed the event only 4.7 seconds off the lead, and only a single tenth from second place. He was one of three i20 R5 drivers to set a fastest time on the tarmac roads. While Ares scored three stage wins ERC regulars Craig Breen and Gregoire Munster took a top time apiece.
Munster finished fourth overall in his BMA-run i20 R5 – a result that also gave him a first win in the ERC1 category of the season. A strong event for Hyundai customers was completed by Irishman Callum Devine and Surhayen Pernía who both took top ten results overall.
Ivan Ares - Rally Fafe Montelongo
Gregoire Munster - Rally Fafe Montelongo
Top results for Hyundai Slovenia backed crews
Hyundai Slovenia supported driver Rok Turk dominated Rally Poreč (October 9-10). He and co-driver Blanka Kacin won every stage on the event to take overall victory by more than two minutes in his i20 R5. The result strengthened their position at the top of the Slovenian national championship.
The same weekend Turk’s fellow Team Hyundai Slovenija driver Luca Rossetti ended Rallye Elba on the overall podium and as the best of the R5 runner on the event. Running against not only other crews in similar spec machinery, but also competing against former WRC cars Rossetti and Manuel Fenoli were fastest of all on two of the three stages on the opening day to lead overall. He topped the R5 class on two more stages on the final day of running, to finish third overall.
Rok Turk - Rally Porec
Luca Rossetti - Rallye Elba
Dominant showing in single day event in Spain
i20 R5 drivers Dani Sordo and Surhayen Pernía dominated the ten stages of Rally de Cóbreces (October 16-17) to finish first and second. Sordo won nine stages, with Pernía – his Terra Training Motorsport teammate for the event – clinching the best time on the final stage.
The pair were than a minute clear of their closest rival. Xabier Lujua finished fourth in another i20 R5 and Pauric Duffy finished ninth overall in his PCRS-run Hyundai.
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Operations Leader Andrew Johns said: “It is always very nice to see our customers winning races, and even more so when it happens with such a wide range of teams and in so many different championship. In recent weeks we’ve seen Nicky Catsburg’s win in FIA WTCR and Jari Huttunen’s in WRC 3. We also witnessed, wins for teams supported by Hyundai subsidiaries in Poland and the USA, as well as in TCR Germany, and the TCR UK title clinched by a small, family-run team running with the i30 N TCR. All of this points to – of course – strong cars, but also the excellent support from the Customer Racing department to make this season as successful as possible, despite the obstacles we have all faced.”
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