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Quarta, 04 Agosto 2021 22:05 | Actualizado em Domingo, 17 Outubro 2021 15:02

Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
 
  • Bryan Herta Autosport drivers Michael Lewis and Taylor Hagler extended their lead at the top of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge points with victory at Lime Rock Park
  • i30 N TCR customers sit 1-2-3 in the TCR Italy standings after taking a Race 1 win and podiums in both contests in the series’ first visit of the season to Imola
  • Hyundai Rally Team Italia’s Andrea Crugnola finished a hugely impressive second at Rally di Roma Capitale as the ERC and Italian national championship fields combined.
 
TCR customers with all three Alzenau-built cars scored superb results in their latest events. On debut in TCR South America the Brazilian Scuderia CJ team finished on the podium. The Veloster N TCR secured its first race win of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge secure at Lime Rock Park, while i30 N TCR drivers now occupy each of the top three places in the TCR Italy standings. At the latest round of the European Rally Championship the Hyundai Italia-supported i20 R5 driver Andrea Crugnola finished a superb second in Rally di Roma Capitale in a packed entry.
 
Victory stretches points’ lead for Veloster N TCR pairing
 
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge points’ leaders Michael Lewis and Taylor Hagler extended their lead at the top of series with a first win of the year in their Bryan Herta Autosport Veloster N TCR at Lime Rock Park (July 16-17). The event was a strong one for Hyundai customers. In qualifying Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Junior Drivers Tyler Maxson and Tyler Gonzalez took their first pole position in the series, and would go on to complete the podium in their Copeland Motorsports entry at the end of the two-hour race.
 
They lost the lead early to the #98 Hyundai Elantra N TCR started by Ryan Norman. Both of the Bryan Herta Autosport Elantra led the race. Unfortunately, the #98 would be side-lined late in the going while battling in the lead group. Harry Gottsacker and Mark Wilkins finished fifth in the #33 Elantra N TCR.
 
Having taken over the #77 from Hagler for the second part of the event Lewis climbed from fifth to the lead during the final green flag run of the encounter, giving the Veloster N TCR its first win this year and making Hagler the first female victor of a TCR race in the USA.
Two Hyundai TCR models shine over Spa weekend
 
Hyundai customers started the TCR Europe weekend at Spa-Francorchamps (July 29-31) with a 1-2-3 in qualifying. Sebastien Loeb Racing driver Felice Jelmini gave the Elantra N TCR its first pole position in the series ahead of teammate Mehdi Bennani and Maťo Homola third in his Janík Motorsport i30 N TCR.
 
The front row spots put Bennani and Jelmini in position to take podium finishes in Race 1 – coming home second and third respectively. A strong outing for the SLR team was completed by Sami Taoufik in fourth and Niels Langeveld who drove up to eighth after starting from outside the top-10.
 
In Race 2 Homola claimed a first podium for the season, and a first-ever in TCR Europe for the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech-supported Janík Motorsport squad after a masterful tyre choice in changing weather conditions. Reacting to a pre-race shower the vast majority of drivers opted to start on a combination of slick front tyres and treaded rears. However, when the rain stopped a track began to rapidly dry this proved problematic leaving them with a decision to pit for new tyres or to continue as the handling of their cars fell away.
 
Homola meanwhile had gambled by starting on four slick tyres. After holding a place in the rear half of the top ten through the opening laps the conditions increasingly came to him and he was able negotiate his way up the order. He finally took second place with an audacious move around the outside on the final lap.
 
Langeveld finished fifth Race 2 as the best of the Elantra N TCR drivers. The Dutchman moved up to fourth in the championship standings, one place behind Bennani, who completed his weekend in ninth place in Race 2. His Moroccan countryman Taoufik finished sixth.
Felice Jelmini - TCR Europe - Spa-Francorchamps
Mato Homola - TCR Europe - Spa-Francorchamps
Elantra N TCR picks up podium from South American debut
 
The Elantra N TCR picked up a podium on its debut in the TCR South America series at Curitiba (July 24-25). The Brazilian Scuderia CJ squad entered a pair of cars for the race – each crewed by a pair of drivers for the one-hour contest. The #12 of Sergio Jimenez and Beto Montiero qualified a fine second, with teammates Thiago Marques and Giovani Girotto sixth fastest in the #18 car.
 
Jimenez started the car and led after the first exchanges. However, he was given a drive through – deemed to have cut the course in his move to the front. Through the rest of the race he and Monteiro fought back through the field to second place, taking the final position in the closing laps.
 
Girotto was forced to retire the team’s second car, as he became one of several drivers to incur damage due to a punctured tyre.
Scuderia CJ - TCR South America - Curitiba
Scuderia CJ - TCR South America - Curitiba
Victory and podiums put Hyundai customers atop TCR Italy standings
 
i30 N TCR customers sit first, second and third in the TCR Italy standings after the series’ meeting at Imola (July 23-25). After converting his front row start into victory in Race 1 Aggressive Team Italia’s Kevin Ceccon took the lead of the championship. In the opening race of the weekend he led an i30 N TCR 1-2 ahead of Igor Stefanovski after a dominant performance at the front of the pack.
 
Sadly, Ceccon was unable to hold onto the advantage after Race 2, where he was forced to retire with a minor technical issue. He now lays second in the standings behind Target Competition Driver Antti Buri, who started from pole on the partially reversed grid and went on to finish second. His teammate Nicola Baldan is third in the championship after finishing both of the weekend’s contests in the top five.

Ettore Carminati finished Race 1 in ninth position in his i30 N TCR, and was on course for another top ten performance in Race 2 before contact with another driver put him into retirement.
Kevin Ceccon - TCR Italy - Imola
Antti Buri - TCR Italy - Imola
i30 N TCR driver celebrates podium in TCR Russia
 
A final lap pass placed LUKOIL Racing Team driver Ivan Lukashevich onto the Race 2 podium in the TCR Russia weekend at the Igora Drive circuit (July 24-25) after starting from seventh. He was followed home in fifth by Andrey Maslennikov in the second LUKOIL-liveried i30 N TCR and Grigory Burlutsky and Zakhar Slutsky in the pair of Carville Racing cars. Rumos Racing driver Lev Tolkachev completed the five i30 N TCR runners in ninth.
 
In Race 1 Maslennikov’s fourth was the best of the quintet, with Lukashevich sixth Slutsky and Burlutsky seventh and eighth respectively and Tolkachev tenth. 
Ivan Lukashevich - TCR Russia - Igora Drive
Carville Racing - TCR Russia - Igora Drive
Hyundai Rally Team Italia driver takes superb ERC second
 
Andrea Crugnola finished a superb second on Rally di Roma Capitale (July 23-25) where the European and Italian championship fields combined to create field of more than 40 R5 and Rally2 spec cars. The Hyundai Italia Rally Team driver started the event strongly, going fastest on the opening Super Special Stage in his i20 R5. Two more top times on the first full day of competition kept him ahead going into the overnight halt. However, a puncture on Sunday’s second stage would lose him more than 30 seconds, and drop him back to second. Despite a fourth stage win of the weekend, he was unable to recoup the time lost.
 
ERC regular Craig Breen bought his Team MRF Tyres-entered i20 R5 home in ninth overall after consistent run. Fellow Hyundai customers Umberto Scandola, Grégoire Munster and Iván Ares finished 13th, 14th and 15th overall – Ares in his first visit to the tarmac event.
Andrea Crugnola - Rally di Roma Capitale
Craig Breen - Rally di Roma Capitale
Dominant i20 R5 at latest Slovenian national event
 
Hyundai Slovenia-supported driver Rok Turk dominated Rally Zelezniki (date) in his i20 R5. Together with co-driver Viljem Ošlaj he won all ten stages on the tarmac event to increase his advantage at the of the national championship after three wins from three rounds. Overall the pair won by nearly four minutes, such was their performance edge over the rest of the gathered field.
Rok Turk - Rally Zelezniki
Rok Turk - Rally Zelezniki
Final stage drama robs Hyundai Paraguay crew of victory
 
Only a puncture on the final stage prevented Diego Dominguez Jr. from taking overall victory on Rally Colonias Unidas (July 23-25). The Automotor Rally Team driver had risen into the lead with a sequence of three consecutive stage wins to start Day 2 on the event. He started the final test with a 21-second advantage, only to suffer a puncture and have to cede the victory as he came home in second overall.

However, the final stage proved to be the high point of the weekend for his teammate Fabrizio Zaldivar, who set the fastest time to take sixth position overall on a rally where his chase for the major positions had been halted on Day 1 by a minor electrical issue.
 
i20 R5 crew score second consecutive podium in Spain
 
Iván Ares secured a second consecutive podium finish of the Spanish Superchampionship season with a superbly consistent performance on Rally de Ourense (July 16-17) aboard his i20 R5. Ares and co-driver David Vásquez were never outside the top three places on any of the ten stages as they established themselves in the top three in their Hyundai España-backed entry. On the second day of competition they were fastest on two occasions, including on the on the TC+ Power Stage that completed the weekend’s action.
Sarrazin Motorsport pair take top-fives to continue strong start to French season
 
Sarrazin Motorsport driver Benjamin Clemençon continued his fine form at the start of the French gravel season at the Rallye Terre de Langres - Haute-Marne (July 24-25). Following his round one win he finished third overall – and second among the R5 runners on the event after another consistent weekend. In a second i20 R5 on the stages Jean-Marc Manzagol finished fifth overall and fifth in class.
 
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Manager Andrew Johns said: “To have such excellent results from customers with all three of our TCR cars is great to see. Of course Bryan Herta Autosport’s Veloster N TCR team added to their championship lead with victory at Lime Rock Park. In their first event with the Elantra N TCR our South American customers finished second, with same model scoring its first TCR Europe pole position at Spa-Francorchamps. At the same track Janík Motorsport have scored their first podium in the series, in their debut season there. Among our i20 R5 customers Andrea Crugnola’s great pace and fantastic second is a huge result for him and Hyundai Rally Team Italia squad. We’ve also seen a truly dominant performance from Rok Turk in Slovenia on tarmac and another strong weekend on Paraguayan gravel, showing the overall strength of the car and our customer teams around the world.”

 


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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About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond with its range of world-class vehicles and mobility services offered available in more than 200 countries. Employing more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai sold more than 4.5 million vehicles globally. Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with vehicles that are helping to build solutions for a more sustainable future, such as NEXO – the world’s first dedicated hydrogen-powered SUV.
 
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