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Segunda, 30 Agosto 2021 16:23 | Actualizado em Quarta, 27 Outubro 2021 20:01

Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
 
  • Andrea Crugnola gave the Hyundai i20 N Rally2 a first-ever overall victory with a strong performance on Rally del Friuli Venezia Giulia to lead a Hyundai 1-2 on the event
  • Hyundai España-supported driver Iván Ares scored his first win of the 2021 Spanish Superchampionship campaign with his third consecutive podium finish
  • i30 N TCR drivers locked out the podium in Race 2 of the TCR Russia weekend at Moscow Raceway, with Andrej Maslennikov taking victory from the front row.
 
 The Hyundai i20 N Rally2 was given a fantastic first overall victory in Italy as part of a dominant weekend for Hyundai Motorsport customers. There were also excellent results for i20 R5 drivers in both Spain and Norway and a first win of the 2021 campaign for Hyundai España-backed crews in the national championship. In TCR series competition a podium lock-out at the latest round of TCR Russia showcased the performance of the i30 N TCR. 
 
First i20 N Rally2 overall win heads Hyundai 1-2
 
The Hyundai i20 N Rally2 scored a remarkable first overall victory in its debut in the Italian WRC series at Rally del Friuli Venezia Giulia (August 20-21) in the lead of a 1-2 for Hyundai Motorsport customers. At the wheel Hyundai Italia-supported driver Andrea Crugnola won half of the rally’s six stages in a hugely promising first start in the car ahead of upcoming national championship events. A clean sweep of fastest times for Hyundai Motorsport customers was completed by Luca Rossetti in his BRC Racing Team-run i20 R5, who collected three stage wins of his own on his way to finish second.
 
The Hyundai pair were 25 seconds clear of their nearest challenger at the end of the rally after a dominant performance. Rossetti took maximum points for the Italian WRC as the best placed driver registered for the series and moved to second in the standings with two rounds remaining.
 
Andrea Crugnola - i20 N Rally2
Andrea Crugnola - i20 N Rally2
i20 N Rally2 makes ERC debut with consistent run in Barum
 
Czech driver Martin Vlcek gave the i20 N Rally2 its first start in the European Rally Championship on his home round at Barum Czech Rally Zlin (August 27-29) under the Hyundai Kowax Racing name. The experienced Gentleman driver finished 12th overall – good enough for fifth among those competing for national championship points. The result made him the best of the Hyundai customers on the event, ahead of his compatriot Ondrej Bisaha 19th overall.
 
In the early exchanges the group had been led by Customer Racing Junior Driver Jari Huttunen. Making his first start with the Team MRF Tyres i20 R5 the Finn held a place in the top ten overall until a driver error led to a crash and retirement.
Martin Vlcek - i20 N Rally2
Martin Vlcek - i20 N Rally2
Hyundai España i20 R5 crew score first win of 2021 season
 
Hyundai España-supported driver Iván Ares scored his first win of the Spanish Superchampionship campaign at Rallye de Ferrol (August 20-21). The result came after a strong and consistent performance. After starting the event with a third, and then a second fastest time Ares and co-driver David Vásquez moved into the lead with two stage wins to close the first day of competition.
 
The following day the pair confidently maintained their pace. Another fastest time came among top-four times on every one of the day’s tests, protecting their overnight lead to claim victory and third consecutive podium finish in the premier national series.
Ivan Ares - i20 R5 - Rallye de Ferrol
Ivan Ares - i20 R5 - Rallye de Ferrol
Superb performance ends with a win in Norway
 
Ole Christian Veiby dominated Sommer Rally Grimstad (August 21). Alongside Jonas Andersson he won eight of the nine stages of the Norwegian national championship round in his i20 R5. Missing out only on the fastest time on SS2 the duo gradually extended their advantage throughout the tarmac event to finish 28.9 seconds clear.
Ole Christian Veiby - i20 R5 - Sommer Rally Grimstad
Ole Christian Veiby - i20 R5 - Sommer Rally Grimstad
Estonian driver takes podium from i20 R5 debut
 
Driver Robert Virves scored a third place on his debut with the i20 R5 on the Lõuna-Eesti Ralli (August 28-29). After starting with the second best time from the opening stage – the fastest of those in his class – he temporarily fell out of the podium places before regaining some of the positions lost during the second day of the contest.
 
Four second-best times in class lifted him back to third overall and second place of those on the rally in RC2-spec machinery.
 
In a second car run by Red Grey Motorsport Russian driver Radik Shaymiev finished eighth overall.
 
Overall victory for Hyundai Finland-backed driver in sprint event
 
Hyundai Finland-supported driver Riku Tahko scored overall victory on Askolan Granit-Ralli (August 28), a one-day short rally, comprised of four stages. In his i20 R5 Tahko won half of the competitive sections to win by 11.4 seconds at the top of the final results, with an additional three seconds in hand to next best driver in an RC2 category car.
 
Sordo dominant in local Spanish outing with i20 R5
 
Hyundai Motorsport WRC driver Dani Sordo won every stage of the Rallye Blendio-Cristian López-Trofeo Cantabria Deporte (August 27-28) with new regular co-driver Cándido Carrera. Thanks to going fastest on all 10 of the tests on the tarmac roads during the Cantabrian event he romped to victory by more than three minutes in an all-round dominant display that clearly showed their level, and that of the i20 R5 beneath them.
 
Class podium from America gravel event
 
In the latest round of American Rally Association competition, the Ojibwe Forests Rally (August 27-28) Enda McCormack finished fifth overall. Running in a car prepared by the Irish PCRS squad he took advantage of the reliability of the chassis, as well as its performance potential as he moved forward as the weekend progressed, to eventually come home second in the RC2 class on the gravel event. The result was his fourth podium in five starts in the championship in 2021 – the first season in the US with the i20 R5.
 
Danish driver takes podium from Danish championship double-bill
 
Aboard an i20 R5 prepared by 2Brally Danish driver Simon Vallentin Hansen took a strong third overall on Sydhavsrally (August 27-28) to complete a busy weekend of competition. The Danish championship calendar left teams and crews facing the one-day Sydjysk Rally (August 26) – round four of the season – before round five started the following day.
 
After finishing eighth on the first date, Vallentin Hansen responded with an overall podium on the longer event – double that of a normal national rally on its own. The combined strength of the driver, team and car were demonstrated in three consecutive stage victories to close Friday’s running and put himself in the lead overnight. 
 
Despite consistent pace through the final day to finish as the best car in class on two stages, he would slip back to third, but nonetheless collect a second podium of his first full season of competition with the i20 R5.
Simon Vallentin Hansen - i20 R5 -  Sydhavsrally
Simon Vallentin Hansen - i20 R5 - Sydhavsrally
Frustration for Elantra N TCR squads at latest WTCR round
 
Hyundai Elantra N TCR teams in FIA WTCR competition endured a frustrating weekend at the Race of Hungary at the Hungaroring (August 21-22). In their first event since a Balance of Performance (BoP) change lowered the car’s maximum engine power to 97.5% only home driver Norbert Michelisz managed to progress to the final part of qualifying – ending the session third fastest. ‘Norbi’ continued to lead the way among the Hyundai entrants in Race 1, finishing sixth in his BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse entry as all four Customer Racing drivers in the field scored points – Luca Engstler in 11th, ahead of Gabriele Tarquini and Jean-Karl Vernay.
 
Michelisz, however, would not be allowed to take full advantage of his qualifying position, as he was pushed into a spin at turn one of Race 2, and could only recover to 14th place, where he finished between the pair of Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team entries of Engstler and Vernay.
Norbert Michelisz - Elantra N TCR - WTCR Race of Hungary
Jean-Karl Vernay - Elantra N TCR - WTCR Race of Hungary
Podium sweep for i30 N TCR drivers in TCR Russia
 
i30 N TCR drivers completed the TCR Russia weekend at Moscow Raceway (August 21-22) with a 1-2-3 podium sweep in Race 2. Carville Racing’s Zakhar Slutsky finished second, sandwiched by LUKOIL Racing Team men Andrej Maslennikov and Ivan Lukashevich.
 
Starting the race from second Maslennikov took the lead off the line after a fast start and brave pass at turn 1 and was never headed as the battle for the remaining podium places intensified. It was not decided until the final laps. Lukashevich, who had led the Hyundai drivers in Race 1, took fourth before both he and Slutsky were both promoted a place by another driver’s retirement late in the race.
 
Victory, combined with his seventh in Race 1, lifted Maslennikov to second in the series’ points. In the teams’ standings LUKOIL Racing Team occupy the same position, with Carville Racing third.
Andrej Maslennikov - TCR Russia - Moscow Raceway
Grigory Burlutsky & Lev Tolkachev - TCR Russia - Moscow Raceway
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Manager Andrew Johns said: “Only a few weeks into the competitive life of the Hyundai i20 N Rally2 and already our customers have begun to prove the excellent performance of the new package. In his first start with it Andrea Crugnola took a great overall win – part of a 1-2 for our customers no less. We’ve also had the car make its first start in the ERC. I know that more milestone weekends and victories will follow. Drivers and teams with the Hyundai i20 R5 continue to score great overall wins in national events in Spain and Norway. In TCR racing, the undoubted strength of the cars built in Alzenau continues to be shown. The 1-2-3 in TCR Russia is only the latest superb result for our Hyundai i30 N TCR customers as we enter the crucial part of the season.” 
 

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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