Hyundai Motorsport celebrates double podium finish in Rally Italia Sardegna

The Hyundai Motorsport team has today claimed a fantastic double podium in Sardinia, securing second and third place with the Hyundai i20 WRC

Hyundai Motorsport celebrates double podium finish in Rally Italia Sardegna
Daniel Sordo and Marc Marti, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Daniel Sordo and Marc Marti, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Daniel Sordo and Marc Marti, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Daniel Sordo and Marc Marti, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Daniel Sordo and Marc Marti, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Daniel Sordo and Marc Marti, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Daniel Sordo and Marc Marti, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Daniel Sordo, Hyundai Motorsport
Hayden Paddon and John Kennard, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Hayden Paddon and John Kennard, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Hayden Paddon, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport

Hyundai Motorsport has contested its most competitive rally of the season so far claiming an impressive double podium result in Sardinia today with second and third place. The result gives the team 19 manufacturer points and improves its position in the Championship.

Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC)

Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) claimed his fourth stage win of the weekend in this morning’s opening stage and went on to secure a well-deserved second place overall. The Kiwi, alongside co-driver John Kennard, led the rally from the start of Friday’s action and only relinquished that lead on Saturday afternoon’s loop. On the one-year anniversary of his debut with the team in Sardinia, it is Paddon’s first ever WRC podium, and Hyundai Motorsport’s sixth in total.

Paddon commented: “To finish on the podium is an absolutely amazing feeling. Words can’t really do justice to how I’m feeling right now. We had a strong weekend from the start but we just tried to take each stage as it came without looking too much at the timesheets. We knew it would get tougher once we lost the start position advantage so the fact we could hold our own against the World Champion was just fantastic. We had our issues on Saturday afternoon, and thought that was the rally over, but thankfully we pushed on through, kept digging deep and made it through the Sunday in a comfortable second. Considering our buffer to Thierry in third, we took today very easily, not taking any risks and we have a debut podium as a reward. It’s been great to have such support from back home and I’m sorry they’ve had some late nights. I hope it’s been as worthwhile for them as it has been for us. We couldn’t have done this without the team, so my thanks to everyone at Hyundai Motorsport, too. Let’s hope this is the start of more results to come.”

Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC)

Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) had a troubled start to the rally when, on Friday, he experienced mechanical complications but he has fought hard in the face of difficulty. Third place is the perfect reward for his efforts, which included a stage win on Saturday afternoon’s SS16. The result is the Belgian’s second podium of the season after finishing runner-up in Sweden in February, and his fifth in total for the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team with his co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul. It is the second time that Hyundai Motorsport has had two drivers on the podium after the team’s 1-2 at Rallye Deutschland last year.

Neuville commented: “For sure, it has not been an easy weekend so to come away with a podium result is absolutely great. I am very happy for myself and for the team after all of the work we’ve had to put in this weekend. From the very first day, we found these Sardinian stages to be very demanding and often quite rough, which has been tough for the car and from a driving point of view. We have battled a few problems but the team has worked exceptionally well to keep the car running strongly. Overall, it has been a competitive weekend for the team, and we were able to take a stage win and set some other quick stage times. We have benefited from road position at times but we can all be very proud of our achievements. We kept focused and worked our way into the podium positions, so we just had to take it easy today to consolidate the double podium result.”

Dani Sordo (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC)

For Dani Sordo and his co-driver Marc Marti, the weekend was one of frustration. The Spanish duo showed excellent pace on the opening day but were hampered from the outset with a 10 second penalty for a start line infringement during Thursday evening’s Super Special. A strong Friday ended with a technical problem, and even on Saturday - under Rally 2 - he endured more drama, forcing him to start Sunday also under Rally 2 regulations. He had a clean run this morning but will be looking to put this rally behind him and bounce back in Poland.

Sordo said: “First of all, this has been a positive weekend for Hyundai Motorsport, even if it is was a disappointing one for me personally. A double podium is a great result and I’m pleased for the whole team. My own weekend was unfortunately not as good. We definitely had the potential to get a podium but we had problems on all days. I got a ten second time penalty on Thursday and then on Friday, although we were quick and chasing down the top three, we had a mechanical problem at the very end of the day, which forced us to retire. We were also unable to finish Saturday but this morning we had some nice stages and could score some points for the Manufacturers’.”

The Hyundai i20 WRC cars have shown competitive pace all weekend but the demands of the tough Sardinian terrain have taken their toll on drivers, cars and teams over the three days of rally action. By working meticulously to deal swiftly with the issues they encountered, the Hyundai Motorsport’s mechanics and engineers ensured this double podium result was possible.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “What a weekend! We have experienced the full range of highs and lows but we leave Rally Italia Sardegna with a truly amazing double podium. Hayden has performed exceptionally this weekend and he has shown why he is a real star of the future in World Rally. He acquitted himself professionally and calmly - even in the face of issues - and he thoroughly deserves second place. It is particularly fitting on his one-year anniversary as a Hyundai Motorsport WRC driver.

Thierry, too, had a positive end to a tricky rally and it’s great to see him score another podium, which adds valuable manufacturer points to our total. Unfortunately, Dani wasn’t able to translate his clear pace into a similarly positive result, but he did everything we expect of him and he’ll be back in Poland. All in all, this has been a hard rally but one which we have tackled in a very mature way. The team performed admirably and worked so hard to ensure we got all cars to Sunday’s final stages. It’s this work ethic that makes these results even more special.”

Overall Final Classification

  1. S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 4:25:54.3
  2. H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +3:05.4
  3. T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +4:22.5
  4. E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +5:34.8
  5. M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +7:50.1
  6. J.M Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +8:06.7
  7. Y. Protasov / P.Cherepin (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +14:57.7
  8. P. Andreucci / A. Andreussi (Peugeot 208 T16) +15:03.3
  9. J. Kopecky / P. Dresler (Skoda Fabia R5) +17:41.7
  10. K. Al Qassimi / C. Patterson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +19:12.0

20. D. Sordo / M. Martí (Hyundai i20 WRC) +53:20.0

2015 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings

S. Ogier 133 points / M. Østberg 67 / A. Mikkelsen 64 / J.M. Latvala 56 / E. Evans 53 / T. Neuville 50 / K. Meeke 47 / D. Sordo 38 / H. Paddon 32 / M. Prokop 27 / O. Tanak 23 / K. Al Qassimi 9 / Y. Protasov 8 / S. Loeb 6 / N. Al-Attyiah 6 / A. Al-Kuwari 6 / D. Dominguez 4 / P. Andreucci 4 / N. Fuchs 2 / G. Saba 2 / R. Kubica 2 / J. Kopecky 2 /J. Ketomaa 1 / F. Villagra 1

2015 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings

Volkswagen Motorsport 179 points / Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 115 / Hyundai Motorsport 113 / M-Sport World Rally Team 99 / Jipocar Czech National Team 34 / Hyundai Motorsport N 31 / Volkswagen Motorsport II 31 / FWRT SRL 3

All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.

shares
comments
Ogier cruises to Rally Sardinia success
Previous article

Ogier cruises to Rally Sardinia success

Next article

Rally Italia Sardegna: Back from the brink for Citroën's Mads Østberg

Rally Italia Sardegna: Back from the brink for Citroën's Mads Østberg
Load comments
How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers Prime

How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers

After winning his eighth WRC title, Sebastien Ogier has drawn the curtain on his full-time rallying career. To understand Ogier's legacy, many of his former rivals, team-mates and colleagues have shared their thoughts on a vastly successful career

WRC
Nov 26, 2021
Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies Prime

Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies

Richard Burns was a determined driver who took on the best rally drivers in the world during a boom period in the early 2000s, and beat them. On the 20th anniversary of his crowning glory in winning the 2001 WRC title, and 16 years on from his death on the same date, we pick out his 10 greatest drives

WRC
Nov 25, 2021
The internal focus that made Burns a legendary world rally champion Prime

The internal focus that made Burns a legendary world rally champion

At the turn of the millennium, WRC was full to the brim with rallying's great and good - and 20 years ago on this day, Richard Burns became England's first world rally champion. Although Burns' natural talent drove him to the top, his steely determination and mental strength was the key attribute behind his title-winning form

WRC
Nov 25, 2021
How Ogier emerged from Loeb's shadow to form his own WRC legend Prime

How Ogier emerged from Loeb's shadow to form his own WRC legend

OPINION: Adding an eighth WRC title to his name, Sebastien Ogier has bowed out from full-time rallying in style. Having been compared throughout his career with nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb, Ogier has convincingly demonstrated that he can stand on his own as one of the greatest rally drivers in history

WRC
Nov 22, 2021
How confronting self-doubt drove Ogier to become a WRC legend Prime

How confronting self-doubt drove Ogier to become a WRC legend

This weekend's Rally Monza marks the end of an era in the World Rally Championship, as Sebastien Ogier prepares to bring down the curtain on his full-time career with an eighth title. For all his enduring success, the Toyota driver reveals in an exclusive interview that lingering insecurities have compelled his quest for perfection

WRC
Nov 18, 2021
The third generation McRae on his way to the WRC Prime

The third generation McRae on his way to the WRC

The McRae family name is steeped in rallying history, with eight British titles between Jimmy, Colin and Alister - plus the small matter of the 1995 WRC title too. Next on the conveyor of talent is Alister's 17-year-old Max McRae, who’s setting out in Australia to conquer the world of rallying and return the famous name to the WRC...

WRC
Nov 12, 2021
Inside Hyundai’s radical approach to prepare for the WRC hybrid era Prime

Inside Hyundai’s radical approach to prepare for the WRC hybrid era

As the World Rally Championship undergoes its biggest shift in regulations for a generation, teams are taking radical measures to prepare for its new era. Hyundai's unique approach involved conducting a private 1500km rally in Italy and Motorsport.com went to see how the team is preparing for 2022

WRC
Nov 4, 2021
How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain Prime

How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain

While all pre-event chat focused on the two World Rally Championship title fighters, their closest challenger charged into the spotlight on Rally Spain. Thierry Neuville's star turn and another strong drive from Elfyn Evans in his fight with Sebastien Ogier made for an intriguing event as the 2021 campaign nears its crunch point

WRC
Oct 18, 2021