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.