Hyundai boss hails team's resolve in pressure lifting WRC win

Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo has praised his World Rally Championship operation’s never give up attitude as Ypres Rally win lifts the increasing pressure on the team.

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The Korean marque ended its WRC victory drought in style as Thierry Neuville led home Craig Breen to score a one-two at last weekend's event in Belgium.

It was Hyundai's first win since Ott Tanak's triumph at February's Arctic Rally Finland and arrives after the team witnessed likely wins slip from their grasp in the previous four rallies.

Hyundai has proved it has the fastest package this season but reliability and misfortune has hit the team hard. Rear suspension issues costs Tanak while leading in Portugal and Sardinia and a similar failure of the component robbed Neuville the lead on the final day of June's Safari Rally.

Tanak was then hit by a double puncture in last month's Rally Estonia, an event he was favourite to win given his local knowledge.

Adamo took full responsibility of the failure to convert missed opportunities, but the poor form had put the entire team under pressure.

Speaking following Hyundai's first one-two since Sardinia 2020, Adamo says the result is hugely important for the entire team.

"I think [a never give up attitude] is the only way I know how to win," said Adamo.

"There are many romantic ways to say but I like movies and there is a nice movie called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the actors used to say, 'In the end everything will go well, if it doesn't because it is not the end'.

"I have to say it has been a bit tricky in the last month and I'm really pleased with the way my people have reacted and stayed together as a team.

"I know how much people in the company have been under pressure because it has been a tough month, so it's nice to be here.

Andrea Adamo, Team principal Hyundai Motorsport

Andrea Adamo, Team principal Hyundai Motorsport

Photo by: Romain Thuillier / Hyundai Motorsport

"It is important for all. It is important for the team and also the people at home, let's call them of course team, because the last events have been a bit complicated for us.

"When things like that are happening the worst thing that can happen is having people become scared and be under pressure, and I was really feeling it.

"I was trying to be the shelter for my team and protect everyone and put responsibilities on my shoulder, but let them work hard as they were working before.

"It has not been one of the easiest times of my life let me say."

The one-two has closed the gap to Toyota in the manufacturers' title race to 41 points with four events remaining, while Neuville is only 38 points adrift of Sebastien Ogier in the drivers' championship.

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