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Terça, 15 Dezembro 2020 10:46 | Actualizado em Domingo, 24 Outubro 2021 00:10

Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
 
  • Jari Huttunen clinched the WRC 3 title* with third place on Rally Monza, the season finale that was run in difficult wet and snowy conditions
  • The Finn also led an i20 R5 1-2-3 at the Tor Modlin Rally Show carrying a special livery to celebrate the success of his partnership with Hyundai Poland
  • Hyundai España-supported driver Iván Ares finished third at the Rally Comunidad de Madrid show event that completed the Spanish national championship.
 
*subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA
 
 At the end of a season unlike any other Hyundai customers continue to collect excellent results. Jari Huttunen completed his superb year in the i20 R5 with third place in class at Rally Monza to clinch the WRC 3 title* – just the latest honour for him and the car. Meanwhile, Iván Ares closed out his own consistent campaign in the Spanish tarmac championship with a final podium of 2020.
 
Podium secures WRC 3 title to round off superb season
 
Third place in the final rally of the season at Rally Monza (December 3-6) completed a WRC 3 title winning campaign for i20 R5 crew Jari Huttunen and Mikko Lukka. On an event which presented the competing teams with heavy rain and deep snow on stages split between the famous Monza circuit and the foothills of the Italian Alps, the Finnish pair put in a strong performance worthy of the honour they collected.
 
They were the fastest RC2 crew on the opening stage and repeated the achievement on the final stage of Saturday’s running. Their final result – third of both the RC2 and WRC 3 runners– put them eighth overall, equaling their best ever finish on a WRC event and completing a superlative international season to match their dominant form in the Polish national championship.
 
The Monza event also gave Motosport Ireland Rally Academy driver Josh McErlean a WRC debut. Driving maturely in conditions which caught out many far more experienced drivers he scored a 17th placed finish overall – seventh among those crews entered for WRC 3. Umberto Scandola claimed a milestone of his own, giving the i20 R5 its first overall WRC stage win. The treacherous conditions and the correct decision to take snow tyres for Saturday afternoon’s mountain stages aligned perfectly for the Hyundai Italia-supported driver to top the times on SS11 by over 12 seconds.

 
Jari Huttunen - Rally Monza
Jari Huttunen - Rally Monza
i20 R5 crews lock out podium in Polish show event
 
Following his WRC 3 title win Jari Huttunen returned to Poland for a final event of 2020 to celebrate the success of his partnership with Hyundai Poland. The Polish national champion was one of four i20 R5 drivers at the Tor Modlin Rally Show (December 11-12) as Hyundai customers controlled the top of the times throughout.
 
Carrying a special golden livery on his Hyundai Poland Racing car Huttunen was fastest on eight of the nine stages. His fellow Polish championship regular and i20 driver Łukasz Byśkiniewicz took the remaining top time and second overall in his APR Motorsport-prepared entry. The podium on the event was completed by Czech driver Martin Vlček of Kowax 2B Rally Team.
Martin Vlcek - Tor Modlin Rally Show
Jari Huttunen - Tor Modlin Rally Show
Dominant performance in Argentine double-header
 
Point Cola Racing i20 R5 driver Alejandro Cancio won both the fourth and fifth rounds of the Argentine national championship – held over a single weekend at the Rally de Cordoba (December 10-13). Running with the Chile-based team Cancio won three stages to take maximum points from the first half of the double-header with a margin of 1:40 over his nearest challenger. In the second event he was even more dominant, setting the top time on five of the seven tests to end the rally victorious over three minutes ahead of the second placed crew.
Podium for Hyundai Paraguay crew on national championship return
 
Paraguay’s premier rally championship returned to action for the first time since March at the Rally Carmen del Paraná (December 5-6). Among the crews entered for the event – only the second round of a much shortened season – were Diego Dominguez and Edgardo Galindo in their Hyundai Paraguay-supported, Automotor Rally Team-run i20 R5. The pair won two stages and was consistently among the leading times on their way to finishing third among the R5 runners on the gravel event.
Hyundai España crews complete national season with show event run
 
Iván Ares finished third on Rally Comunidad de Madrid (December 12), the show event that closed the Spanish tarmac championship season. One of three Hyundai España-backed crews on the Jarama Circuit-based rally Ares finished third overall – only 15 seconds behind the overall winner. That margin was largely down to the 15 seconds of penalties he collected for clipping the chicanes marked out on the different stages. The result completed a consistent year for Ares and co-driver David Vázquez in which they finished on the podium in each national round they contested. Surhayen Pernía finished fifth in another of the i20 R5 on the stages. Antonio Lopez rounded out the trio of Hyundai customers on the entry list.
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Operations Leader Andrew Johns said: “Jari Huttunen’s WRC 3 title is the best possible way to end the season for the Customer Racing department. In this most difficult of years the only way for him to take the crown was the perfect combination of the skill of him and Mikko Lukka, the performance of the i20 R5 and the support of our engineers and sales staff. Everyone involved can take enormous pride from the end result. It shows how far the department has come since the debut of the car in 2016, and shows more of what there is to come in 2021 as we continue to support our existing customers, but also introduce brand new designs in the i20 N Rally2 and Elantra N TCR to championship around the world.”
 
*subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA
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