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Segunda, 24 Junho 2019 22:23 | Actualizado em Segunda, 02 Agosto 2021 23:04

2019 Nürburgring 24 Hours – update after 18 hours
  • The Hyundai Motorsport N entered Veloster N TCR led the TCR class with six hours of the 2019 Nürburgring 24 Hours remaining
  • A lost wheel forced Nico Verdonck to stop on circuit shortly before the end of the 18th hour, requiring a vehicle to tow the Veloster N TCR
  • The i30 N TCR crew continue their own recovery up the order, despite an additional minor delay.
 After building up a two lap lead over their nearest rivals in class a lost wheel near the end of the eighteenth hour of competition put a severe dent in the Hyundai Motorsport N team’s hopes of TCR class success at the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
Having moved into the lead minutes before the half-way point the four-man crew of Marc Basseng, Manuel Lauck, Moritz Oestreich and Nico Verdonck worked on extending their advantage at the top of the class. However, as the final quarter of the race approached Verdonck was forced to stop on circuit, requiring a tow vehicle to recover the car.
Though the Veloster N TCR remained in the lead at the 18 hour mark, it did with its lead unfortunately ebbing away.
The margin was initially gained despite the team opting to change the front brakes, as they were able to complete the switch in less time than it took to refuel the car in the pitlane.
The i30 N TCR ran faultlessly on its return to the circuit following overnight repairs to damage sustained on Saturday evening. Unfortunately a routine precautionary check during a pitstop revealed a water leak, a hangover from yesterday’s accident. The necessary fix caused another delay for the team before they could return to the circuit.
The team repaired the car to return to the race, though the time lost dropped the car from the lead of the class to third. Shortly after, and now inside of the last six hours of the race, the i30 N TCR returned to the garage, the after effects of the previous accident continuing to hound the car.
Attention now turns to the final hours of the race, with the focus on trying to make up the lost time to score the best result possible, both in the TCR class and overall.
Hyundai Motorsport N positions after 18 Hours
#170 – Hyundai i30 N TCR
66 laps completed
TCR class: 4th
Overall position: 114th
#171 – Hyundai Veloster N TCR
103 laps completed
TCR class: 1st
Overall position: 41st

Veloster N TCR - Nürburgring 24 Hours
i30 N TCR - Nürburgring 24 Hours
Nürburgring 24 Hours
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) and Customer Racing projects. In WRC, Hyundai Motorsport quickly established a strong reputation taking victory in its debut season in 2014. The team amassed ten wins up to the end of the 2018 season and finished as runners-up in the manufacturers’ championship on three consecutive occasions. 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. Unified under Hyundai Motorsport, WRC and Customer 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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