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Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
  • Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Junior Driver Ole Christian Veiby scored overall victory on Rali Terras d'Aboboreira as he prepares for Rally Portugal later this month
  • Driver Mehdi Bennani and the Sebastien Loeb Racing team gave the Hyundai Elantra N TCR victory on its first weekend of TCR Europe competition at the Slovakia Ring
  • Josh Buchan broke through for his first wins with the i30 N TCR, taking a pair of victories from the TCR Australia event at Sydney Motorsport Park.
 Hyundai Motorsport customers look set for a strong season ahead after very promising results in a range of events. Ole Christian Veiby scored overall victory in Portugal aboard an i20 R5 as he readies himself for a return to WRC 2 competition later this month. On the track Elantra N TCR customers took victory in their first racing weekend with the brand-new car in TCR Europe and Josh Buchan celebrated his first TCR Australia wins with the i30 N TCR and moves into third in the series’ standings to start the second half of the campaign.
Junior Driver takes overall win on Portuguese gravel
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Junior Driver Ole Christian Veiby scored overall victory on Rali Terras d'Aboboreira (April 30-May 1) in his i20 R5. He was fastest on two of the six competitive stages on the Portuguese gravel roads in his first visit to the event. His final winning margin was just under three seconds, beating not only regulars in the national championship, but several other crews running to prepare for Rally Portugal later this month.
The teams starting their domestic season at the event included Hyundai Team Portugal and driver Bruno Magalhães. A consistent run, including a second fastest time to start the Saturday stages, gave him and co-driver Carlos Magalhães fourth place among the national crews. The entry also included Irish drivers Josh McErlean and Pauric Duffy. In his PCRS-run i20 R5 Customer Racing Junior Driver McErlean finished an impressive 11th overall on the unfamiliar roads ahead of his WRC 3 start in Portugal.
Ole Christian Veiby - Rali Terras D'aboboreira
Bruno Magalhaes - Rali Terras d'Aboboreira
Second podium continues Breen’s strong form in Italian series
Craig Breen continued his strong performances with the i20 R5 in the Italian rally championship by taking second on Targa Florio (May 6-8). With Belgian Louis Louka alongside as co-driver for the first time Breen finished the famous Sicilian event less than three second behind the victor. Going fastest on the final stage – his second top time of the weekend – allowed the Irishman to halve the gap to the lead, but had to be satisfied with second. The result, his second podium in three starts in the Italian championship, places him second in the current points’ standings.
Craig Breen - Targa Florio
Craig Breen - Targa Florio
Consistent run ends in overall win for Italian crew
i20 R5 driver Luca Hoelbling led throughout the Rally della Valpolicella - Trofeo Città di Negrar (May 7-8) to claim the overall win in his SA Motorsport Italia prepared car. After going fastest on the opening stage he consistently set times in the top-four on the remaining tests on the tarmac event. He finished 13.4 seconds clear of his closest competitor.
Luca Hoelbling - Rally della Valpolicella
Luca Hoelbling - Rally della Valpolicella
Double podium for Hyundai Paraguay-backed crews
Two Hyundai Paraguay-supported i20 R5 crews stood on the podium at the Super Prime Arroyos y Esteros (May 8-9) in Paraguay. Fabrizio Zaldivar finished as overall victor on the event which saw crews take on four runs on the same 4.5km gravel route. He built a lead by going fastest on each of the first three stages and was able to protect that advantage in the finale. Diego Dominguez Jr. completed the top three in the final standings after the pair of Hyundai customers had finished 1-2 in both the first and second visits to the stage.
Top ten overall for Czech crew in national event
Martin Vlček completed the top ten overall in his Kowax 2BRally-run i20 on Rallye Šumava Klatovy (May 8-9) in the Czech Republic. He and co-driver Karolína Jugasová were consistent across the weekend – the second round of the national championship in the country. They finished inside the top ten on five of the 12 stages on the event and only lost ninth overall on the final stage to a crew running a former WRC car.
Elantra N TCR takes victory on TCR Europe debut
The Elantra N TCR scored a win on its debut weekend in TCR Europe, with driver Mehdi Bennani claiming a lights-to-flag win in Race 2 of the season opening meeting at the Slovakia Ring (May 7-9). Starting the reverse grid race on pole after qualifying only tenth the Moroccan moved his Sebastien Loeb Racing entry to the lead before turn one. He was able to hold off a charging group behind to claim a first sprint race win for the new-for-2021 model.
The new design had shown it’s potential in a wet second practice session when Niels Langeveld – Bennani’s teammate in another of the four Sebastien Loeb Racing cars – was second fastest. Felice Jelmini and Bennani went on to qualifying ninth and tenth respectively, providing the squad with a front row lock out for the reverse grid encounter.
However, they we also able to take strong results from Race 1 as, led by Langeveld in fourth, all four of the team’s cars were in the top ten at the chequered flag before a post-race penalty relegated Sami Taoufik from eighth.
The Slovakia weekend also marked the TCR Europe debut of Czech squad Janik Motorsport and their two i30 N TCR. After a tough first race the team collected their first points with Maťo Homola finishing 12th in Race 2.
Mehdi Bennani - TCR Europe - Slovakia Ring
Mato Homola - TCR Europe - Slovakia Ring
First i30 N TCR wins of 2021 season in Australia
HMO Customer Racing driver Josh Buchan broke through for his first victories with the i30 N TCR in TCR Australia at Sydney Motorsport Park (April 30-May 2). Buchan and his teammate Nathan Morcom were on the pace from the start of the weekend. They progressed through to the final part of qualifying first and second before going on to qualify second – Buchan – and sixth – Morcom.
In the opening race of the weekend Buchan battled wheel-to-wheel for the lead in the opening laps before opening up an advantage to claim a first win for Hyundai customers in the series this season. He repeated the feat in Race 2 in – arguably – even better fashion as he led uninterrupted after starting from pole position. Unfortunately, he was denied a clean sweep at the team’s home event after being beaten to the first corner in Race 3 before a succession of incidents and Safety Car periods left him with no time to retake the top position as he finished second. Morcom completed an excellent few days for the squad with third place, while Tilton Racing driver Brad Shiels rounded off his weekend in tenth.
The results propelled both Buchan and Morcom up the championship standings. They now fill third and fourth place in a season already over the half-way mark.
Josh Buchan - TCR Australia - Sydney Motorsport Park
Nathan Morcom - TCR Australia - Sydney Motorsport Park
Double podium finish starts fresh TCR Italy campaign
Kevin Ceccon marked his first competitive outing in an i30 N TCR with a pair of TCR Italy podiums at Monza (April 30-May 2). Racing with the Aggressive Team Italia squad he finished third in both races at the famous track. He was one of seven Hyundai customer entries in the first weekend of the season, with i30 N TCR drivers showing strong pace in a variety of conditions during the event.
In a wet Race 1 Igor Stefanovski sprinted from fourth on the grid to lead before first corner. He was able to hold off those chasing for several laps, until being forced to surrender the place. He would slip back to be classified fourth – one spot behind Ceccon. Antti Buri crossed the line third. However, a penalty moved him back to fifth in his first race with the Target Competition team. Nicola Baldan, his new teammate, set fastest lap as he finished sixth having started tenth.
Ceccon, Baldan and Buri were again in the top ten in Race 2. The two Target entries finished sixth and ninth respectively – Buri again suffering a post-race penalty that pushed him down the order.
Kevin Ceccon - TCR Italy - Monza
Nicola Baldan - TCR Italy - Monza
Class win at the Nürburgring after faultless run
Hyundai Motorsport N’s i30 N TCR claimed TCR class honours in the Nürburgring 24 Hours Qualifying Race after a faultless run in the six-hour contest. The combination of experienced TCR drivers Luca Engstler and Jean-Karl Vernay and Nürburgring Nordschleife regular Hendrik Still won the class by two laps of the 25km circuit at the end of a race where the pace and reliability of the car were equally important. The event was the latest step in the team’s preparations for June’s Nürburgring 24 Hours, where the team will compete in the TCR class with both an i30 N TCR and Elantra N TCR.
i30 N TCR - Nürburgring 24 Hours Qualifying Race
Elantra N TCR - Nürburgring 24 Hours Qualifying Race
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Manager Andrew Johns said: “The 2021 season was always going to be hugely important for Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing, and I am pleased to see our customers showing the capabilities of all our cars as we build up to a busy year of rally and race action. The strong results for both Ole Christian Veiby and Craig Breen again show the excellent performance of the Hyundai i20 R5 – and surely promise further victories in podiums in both the national and international events to come. The importance of the Hyundai Elantra N TCR’s first victory in TCR Europe cannot be underestimated. It is a brand new design for this year. As category is so closely contested that we knew it had to be competitive immediately. We have certainly seen that in Slovakia, where with Bennani’s composed drive he was able to take a win on the car’s debut weekend in the series.” 

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 first title in 2019 and repeating the feat in 2020. 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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Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is present in over 200 countries with more than 120,000 employees dedicated to tackling real-world mobility challenges around the globe. Based on the brand vision ‘Progress for Humanity,' Hyundai Motor is accelerating its transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider. The company invests in advanced technologies such as robotics and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to bring about revolutionary mobility solutions, while pursuing open innovation to introduce future mobility services.  In pursuit of sustainable future for the world, Hyundai will continue its efforts to introduce zero emission vehicles equipped with industry-leading hydrogen fuel cell and EV technologies.
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