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Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
  • BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse i30 N TCR driver Norbert Michelisz leads the FIA WTCR points with one weekend of racing remaining after a strong showing at the Race of Macau
  • Hyundai Portugal supported i20 R5 crew Bruno Magalhães and Hugo Magalhães won the last round of the Portuguese national rally championship and took second in the final standings
  • Callum Devine marked his debut with an i20 R5 in the European Rally Championship with an overall podium in treacherous conditions on Rally Hungary.
 A Hyundai i30 N TCR driver will lead the FIA WTCR standings into the series’ finale after a strong weekend on the Macau street circuit. Meanwhile, Hyundai Motorsport customers confirmed titles with both the i30 N TCR and i20 R5 – the official confirmation of the inaugural TCR Australia drivers’ title and the manufacturers’ championship from the Spanish tarmac rally championship.
Hyundai driver leads WTCR standings out of Macau weekend
BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse i30 N TCR driver Norbert Michelisz leads the FIA WTCR points’ standings with one round remaining after a strong performance at the Race of Macau on the famed Guia Circuit (November 14-17). The Hungarian took the points lead with second place in the first event of the weekend, and then was able to protect his advantage by scoring points in both Race 2 and 3. His performance on Sunday came despite an early exit from the second qualifying session which cost him a likely spot i n the top-five to go with his front row start for Race 1.
Michelisz, together with teammate Gabriele Tarquini, also helped lift the outfit into second in the teams’ championship with only the Race of Malaysia remaining. Like Michelisz BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team’s Nicky Catsburg also scored points from all three contests in Macau – and scooped the award for the fastest lap of the weekend – while also playing an important role in supporting his Hyundai stablemate’s title push.
Luca Engstler scored his first WTCR points on his full debut in the championship in the second LUKOIL backed car. Also making his first start at the Macau circuit the Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Junior Driver finished 14th in the finale race of the meeting. 
Norbert Michelisz - Race of Macau
Nicky Catsburg - Race of Macau
Double victory completes championship winning TCR Australia campaign
Already crowned the first ever TCR Australia champion HMO Customer Racing man Will Brown finished on the podium in all three races of the season’s final weekend at The Bend Motorsport Park (November 15-17).
Having qualified second fastest Brown took his seventh win of the season in Race 1 of the meeting, before adding a second and a third place in the back-to-back races on Sunday to complete a stellar first season of TCR competition for both driver and team. The celebrations for the squad were boosted by Nathan Morcom scoring his first win of the season in the last encounter of the season, stealing the TCR lap record from his teammate in the process.
While Brown was able to confirm the title he mathematically clinched at the previous meeting the finale victory gave Morcom fourth place in the drivers’ standings.
Will Brown - The Bend Motorsport Park
Nathan Morcom - The Bend Motorsport Park
Bronze medal for Hyundai customer in FIA Motorsport Games
Slovakian Maťo Homola was able to take a third place – and so a bronze medal – in the Touring Car Cup event of the first FIA Motorsport Games, held at the Vallelunga Circuit in Italy (October 31-November 3).
In a car prepared by the BRC Racing Team Homola started second for the first of two races that would decide the title, and held the spot throughout. He then finished fifth in Race 2 – his points total from the weekend giving the final step on the podium. Of the other Hyundai customers in the running Customer Racing Junior Driver Jessica Bäckman finished seventh in both races. TCR Eastern Europe regular Dušan Kouřil Jr. proved one of the surprises of the event, taking his i30 N TCR to fifth place in Race 1, though a puncture in Race 2 prevented any challenge for the top places overall. Making his first start as a Hyundai customer in Europe with Target Competition American Mason Filippi took a best result of 11th in Race 1.
Mato Homola - FIA Motorsports Games
Dusan Kouril Jr. - FIA Motorsports Games
Team Hyundai Portugal crew complete national campaign with victory
Bruno Magalhães and Hugo Magalhães scored a second win of the Portuguese rally championship season at the Rallye Casinos do Algarve (October 31-November 2). The pair – who entered the weekend still chasing the national title – did all they could to claim the crown. They led for much of the event, partly thanks to two stage wins. However, even their excellent performance was not quite enough to lift the title, as the points’ leader was able to finish second overall and take enough points to hold their advantage
Magalhães’ fellow Hyundai Portugal supported driver Armindo Araújo completed the podium positions for the national championship.
Bruno Magalhaes - Rally Casinos do Algarve
Armindo Araujo - Rally Casinos do Algarve
Hyundai clinch manufacturers’ title in Spanish Tarmac rally championship
i20 R5 customers in the Spanish tarmac championship clinched the manufacturers’ title for Hyundai at the Rally de La Nucía-Mediterráneo (November 8-9). Hyundai España supported crews accounted for the fastest times on six of the eleven stages. Both Iván Ares and Surhayen Pernía were part of the battle for the lead for much of the event, but it was the latter who ended the weekend as the best placed of the four Hyundai teams on the entry list, finishing second overall.
Surhayen Pernia - Rally de La Nucia
Ivan Ares - Rally de La Nucia
ERC podium on championship debut for Irish driver
Callum Devine made his debut in an i20 R5 at Rally Hungary (November 8-10), the last round of the European Rally Championship. The 2017 recipient of the Billy Coleman Award – Motorsport Ireland’s prize for the best young rally driver – showed his potential in treacherous conditions on the tarmac event.
Despite suffering two punctures on a single stage he and co-driver Brian Hoy ended the first day of competition in the top five overall. Conditions only got worse on day two of the rally, but Devine maintained his pace, and his top five position with it. Then, on a dramatic final stage Devine set the fastest time, propelling himself up to third place, recording an excellent finish on his debut in the championship.
Callum Devine - Rally Hungary
Callum Devine - Rally Hungary
Podium celebrations for Italian crews
Italian teams scored podiums on consecutive weekends at the Franciacorte Rally Show (November 2-3), Rally delle Marche (November 9-10) and the Special Rally Circuit by Vedovati Corse (November 16-17).
Andrea Mabellini started off the run of results, coming home third overall – and second in class – in his Bernini Rally prepared i20 R5. i20 R5 crews filled three of the top-five places in the R5 class – Davide Riccio taking a second Bernini run car to fourth in class ahead of Fabio Nosella, entered by Friulmotor. At the Rally delle Marche it was another Bernini Rally entry that led five i20 R5 crews in the overall standings with third overall for Luigi Ricci.
Finally, at the Special Rally Circuit by Vedovati Corse, held at the Monza circuit Andrea Nucita took his i20 R5 to victory in the R5, with Andrea Mabellini third in class.
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Senior Sales Associate Andrew Johns said: “Our customers’ performances continue to show the excellent quality of the cars built by the Customer Racing department. i30 N TCR customers are again in contention for a title double in FIA WTCR, the top series for the competitive category, so there is still the possibility of adding further to the success of the i30 N TCR worldwide, which also now includes the TCR Australia title. Our rallying customers have also taken some great results recently. With the support of Hyundai España i20 R5 crews won the manufacturers’ title, while Callum Devine’s podium in difficult conditions was an excellent display of the good handling characteristics of the car.” 

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 the teams’ and drivers’ titles in the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) season. 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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* Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA

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