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Quarta, 15 Setembro 2021 21:53 | Actualizado em Terça, 26 Outubro 2021 13:37

Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
  • At Rally 1000 Miglia Hyundai Rally Team Italia driver Andrea Crugnola added four stage wins and second position overall to the growing list of successes for the i20 N Rally2
  • On the series’ return after the summer Luca Engstler swept the TCR Germany weekend at the Lausitzring, where i30 N TCR drivers took five of the six podium places from the two races
  • Bryan Herta Autosport’s three cars locked out the podium at Laguna Seca, their pair of Elantra N TCR leading home from the points-leading Veloster N TCR team.
 Hyundai Motorsport customers have enjoyed a remarkable sequence of results in recent weekends, with drivers and teams taking excellent finishes at events around the world. In its first weeks of competitive action the i20 N Rally2 continues to gather both stage wins and podiums on a variety of surfaces. Their own superb results have put crews with the i20 R5 in strong positions approaching the closing events of national series across Europe, while teams with all three of the TCR cars built in Alzenau have celebrated at least a podium from their latest outings.
Solberg delivers stage victories on i20 N Rally2’s competitive gravel debut
Oliver Solberg took stage wins in his i20 N Rally2 on the car’s first competitive outing on gravel at the Acropolis Rally (September 9-12). On the pace from the opening stage the Swede topped the WRC2 and RC2 ranks on SS2 to move into the class lead and top ten overall. However, damage later in the day forced him out of contention and forced him to restart on day 2.
The same pace remained when he resumed, shown in an impressive seventh fastest time overall on SS8 that claimed a second WRC2 stage win before he would have to bow out of the action once again after an incident on SS9.
Oliver Solberg - Acropolis Rally - i20 N Rally2
Oliver Solberg - Acropolis Rally - i20 N Rally2
Hyundai Italia crew add to early accolades for i20 N Rally2
Hyundai Rally Team Italia driver Andrea Crugnola added further to the growing list of stage wins for the i20 N Rally2 in its first weeks of competition at the Rally 1000 Miglia (September 3-4). In his first start with the car in the main national championship Crugnola set the best time on four of the event’s seven stages. As a result, he and co-driver Pietro Elia Ometto were part of a fight for the overall lead, where the position was swapped back and forth several times. Unfortunately, he would lie second in the final standings. However, he was still able to move up to third in the championship, and gain ground on those ahead in the points.
Andrea Crugnola - Rally 1000 Miglia - i20 N Rally2
Andrea Crugnola - Rally 1000 Miglia - i20 N Rally2
First i20 N Rally2 podium from Czech driver on Rallysprint event
Czech driver Martin Vlĉek scored his first podium with the i20 N Rally2 in only his second start with the car as he finished second on Rally Vyškov (September 10-11). He and co-driver Karolína Jugasová were inside the top three times one every one of the eight stages on the rallysprint with the Kowax 2Brally-run entry. Their pace improved across the event, culminating in stage wins on the final two runs of the weekend to cement his podium place.
A second Hyundai in the top five was provided by Vladimír Hanuš, who finished fifth in his i20 R5, also prepared by the Kowax 2Brally squad.
Gravel victory extends championship lead for i20 R5 crew
A third win of the season at the Rally dei Nuraghi e del Vermentino (September 10-11) allowed Umberto Scandola to further extend his lead in the Italian gravel rally championship. Aboard his i20 R5 Scandola won the opening stage and led into the overnight halt. He would lose that advantage over the opening stages the following morning – despite never being outside of the top three on any test – before responding with back-to-back top times on the day’s second pass through the stages to build an advantage he protected on the finale.
A strong weekend for the Scandola family and i20 R5 crews was completed by Mattia Scandola – Umberto’s nephew – who finished an impressive seventh overall to complete the Under-25 class podium.
Umberto Scandola - Rally dei Nuraghi e del Vermentino
Umberto Scandola - Rally dei Nuraghi e del Vermentino
Second successive Norwegian victory after another dominant performance
Ole Christian Veiby scored his second consecutive victory with the i20 R5 in the Norwegian national championship at Rally Sørland (September 4). Alongside co-driver Jonas Andersson he won three of the four stages on the gravel event to complete the weekend more than 30 seconds clear at the top of the results.
Ole Christian Veiby - Rally Sorland - i20 R5
Ole Christian Veiby - Rally Sorland - i20 R5
National championship victory for Hyundai Slovenia crew
Hyundai Slovenia-supported driver Rok Turk notched another win in the Slovenian rally championship on Rally Nova Gorica (September 9-11). Turk scored eight stage wins in his Friulmotor-run i20 R5, and led for most of the event before a minor problem on the final loop of stages saw him lose the lead. However, his earlier pace had given him enough of an advantage that he could hold onto second overall, and the victory among those crews registered for the national series.
Rok Turk - Rally Nova Gorica - i20 R5
Rok Turk - Rally Nova Gorica - i20 R5
Portuguese podium maintains excellent form and title challenge
Bruno Magalhães continued his recent strong form in the national rally championship in Portugal with second place on Rali da Água - CIM Alto Tâmega (September 4-5). The Team Hyundai Portugal driver arrived at the event following his first victory of the season at the previous round, and appeared to carry that performance onto the tarmac roads. Two stage wins to close the opening day put him in position to assume the lead after the first run of Day 2, before holding the position throughout the opening loop.
In the final three stages he would fall back into second. However, the result – as well as two bonus points from the Power Stage – allowed him to close in on the championship lead with three dates remaining on the schedule.
Bruno Magalhaes - Rali da Agua - i20 R5
Bruno Magalhaes - Rali da Agua - i20 R5
Podium finish for returning Pernía on latest Superchampionship event
On his return to the stages of the Spanish Superchampionship Surhayen Pernía finished second overall in his i20 R5 on Rally Princesa de Asturias - Ciudad de Oviedo (September 9-11). Despite not having started an event in the series since May he was immediately on the pace of the regular starters – taking victory on SS3 to underline his credentials. He would claim another top time on the second day of competition amid a string of top-three times as he secured a return to the podium.
Stage winning pace rewarded with a career-best result in Belgium
Customer Racing Junior Driver Grégoire Munster equaled his career-best result in the Belgian rally championship at the Omloop van Vlaanderen (September 3-4) with fourth position overall. Aboard his BMA-prepared i20 R5 Munster showed superb pace on the event, particularly over the course of the second day of running where he set two best overall stage times, and a further two that put him fastest in class.
His performance lifted him from sixth to fourth in the first two stages of the day before he began cutting into the 13-second gap to the podium places. At the end of the final stage only 1.5 seconds separated him from a first overall national podium.
Gregoire Munster - Omloop van Vlaanderen - i20 R5
Gregoire Munster - Omloop van Vlaanderen
Langeveld and Galáš lead Hyundai customers at the Nürburgring
Niels Langeveld shone in his Sebastien Loeb Racing Elantra N TCR in TCR Europe at the Nürburgring (September 3-5). The Dutchman was the best of the six Hyundai customers on track throughout the weekend, and left the circuit as the best placed of the group in the championship standings in third.
In Race 1 he converted a third in qualifying into a matching podium finish. The following day, from eighth on the grid, he methodically picked his way through a tightly-contested battle for the middle of the top ten to take fourth. That group also included Customer Racing Junior Driver Jáchym Galáš, who enjoyed his best round yet after stepping up to TCR Europe for the 2021 season.
After qualifying eighth he picked up points in Race 1 in his i30 N TCR. From third on the grid in Race 2 he showed he had the pace to battle wheel-to-wheel with the much more experienced competitors – Langeveld included. Coming home in fifth the Czech driver picked up victory in the Rookie class with his best result of the season. His Janík Motorsport teammate Maťo Homola also collected a top ten from Race 1, as did Elantra N TCR men Sami Taoufik and Mehdi Bennani.
Niels Langeveld - TCR Europe - Nürburgring
Jachym Galas - TCR Europe - Nürburgring
Luca Engstler dominates TCR Germany weekend as series makes racing return
Luca Engstler and the Hyundai Team Engstler team dominated TCR Germany, as the series returned to action after a summer hiatus at the Lausitzring (September 10-12). In the opening race of the meeting Engstler led from lights to flag for victory at the head a Hyundai 1-2-3-4. He was chased home by his teammate Martin Andersen and Jonas Karklys – both drivers standing on the podium for the first time in their debut seasons in the championship. Nico Gruber completed the top four in a third car from the Hyundai Deutschland-backed Engstler Motorsport squad, winning the Junior class in the progress.
Andersen took pole from the weekend’s second qualifying session but lost out to a fast starting Engstler on the run to turn 1. The Dane kept up his challenge through the race, finishing less than a second behind at the chequered flag. Gruber finished fourth to win the Junior category once again and extend his advantage in the class. Robin Jahr and Karklys both scored top tens in sixth and eighth respectively.
Luca Engstler - TCR Germany - Lausitzring
Martin Andersen - TCR Germany - Lausitzring
Hyundai USA team sweep IMSA Laguna Seca podium
Bryan Herta Autosport’s three Hyundai locked out the podium places at the Laguna Seca round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (September 9-11). Fittingly, at a race weekend sponsored by Hyundai USA, Hyundai customers led the TCR class for every single lap of the two-hour contest on the California circuit. After Customer Racing Junior Driver Tyler Maxson led the opening two laps from pole for Copeland Motorsports the position would pass through the hands of all three Bryan Herta Autosport cars, as well as a Van der Steur Racing’s Veloster N TCR and Mason Filippi in the second Copeland entry.
The winners were decided between Mark Wilkins in the #33 Elantra N TCR and Parker Chase in the sister #98 entry with the former completing the final pass with only two laps to go. The win was the first for Wilkins in the car he shares with Harry Gottsacker. The podium was completed by the team’s Veloster N TCR driven by Michael Lewis and Taylor Hagler, who maintain the championship lead ahead of Parker Chase with two rounds remaining.
Win and podium for i30 N TCR drivers set up season finale
Four i30 N TCR drivers will go into the TCR Italy finale with a chance to clinch the title after a strong showing at the penultimate weekend at Imola (September 3-5).
Title contenders Nicola Baldan and Kevin Ceccon each took a trip to the podium. For Target Competition man Baldan it was for a second place in Race 1. After starting third he took second place and closely shadowed the leader all the way to the line, challenging for the victory until the final corners of the race to finish less than three-tenths of a second behind.
Ceccon took full advantage of a spot on the front row of the partly-reversed grid of Race 2 – moving into the lead at the drop of the green flag and was never headed on his way to a third win of the season. They will be joined in the title fight by Antti Buri, who finished fifth in Race 1, and Eric Brigliadori. Converting to the Hyundai for the crucial final part of the season after previously running with another manufacturer Brigliadori was only 20th in qualifying, but used the pace of the car to excellent effect to take ninth in Race 1 before storming to fourth in the final standings for Race 2.
The weekend also saw strong results for Igor Stefanovski – with two top tens – and Dušan Kouřil Jr., who took a career best fourth in Race 1, as a total of nine Hyundai customers took places on the grid.
Kevin Ceccon - TCR Italy - Imola
Nicola Baldan - TCR Italy - Imola
First TCR Russia win for i30 N TCR driver
Carville Racing i30 N TCR driver Zakhar Slutsky scored his first win in TCR Russia in a dramatic first race of the weekend at the Kazan Ring (September 11-12). On a damp track he made great progress from the fourth row of the grid to join the battle for third on the opening lap. After claiming the position and breaking away he was able to take second and then the lead inside of the first five laps before building a gap that was deliver the victory.
LUKOIL Racing Team driver Ivan Lukashevich, meanwhile had fallen back in the opening laps, but as the contest continued and track conditions improved his i30 N TCR came alive and he roared up the order, setting fastest lap on his way to a remarkable second place.
Slutsky – this time from the front row – was part of the lead battle in Race 2. Despite getting the best start of the lead drivers he was pushed back into second place. He would cross the line there, only to be demoted him to sixth. His loss was Grigory Burlutsky’s gain in the second Carville Racing entry, as he was handed second place.
Top five for Uruguayan driver on his Elantra N TCR debut
Rodrigo Aramendia was the better of the pair of Scuderia CJ Elantra N TCR at the Rivera weekend of TCR South America (September 11-12). In the first of two planned race meetings in his home country the Uruguayan was third fastest in qualifying in his first competitive outing with the car.
He would take a best result of fifth from Race 2, finishing one place ahead of teammate Enrique Maglione in the second of the Brazilian squad’s entries.  
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Manager Andrew Johns said: “The results scored by our customers in recent weeks have been incredible. The number of wins and podiums they have taken with Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing-built models has shown the strength of the range we offer to teams. Three crews with the i20 N Rally2 have continued to add to the car’s early successes, now on both tarmac and gravel events, while others prove that the i20 R5 remains very capable of competing at the front of national championships across Europe with celebrations in Portugal, Spain, Norway and Slovenia. In the TCR category all three models produced in Alzenau have propelled teams to the podium, and teams with each of them remain in title contention after their latest batch of superb results. After three months the Hyundai Deutschland-supported Hyundai Team Engstler dominated at the Lausitzring, and Bryan Herta Autosport recorded a remarkable IMSA 1-2-3 in California. Add to that a driver’s first victory with the car in Russia and that four i30 N TCR customers will start the final round in Italy with a shot at the title and the strengths of the Hyundai are plainly clear.”
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