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  1. Hyundai Shell World Rally Team to start with three Hyundai i20 WRC cars at Rally Finland, the eighth round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC), Juho Hänninen (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) and Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) will contest their third consecutive rally together The team will take part in the Helsinki Battle this Saturday where WRC legend Marcus Grönholm will share the seat of the Hyundai i20 WRC with Neuville and Hänninen. Alzenau, GermanyAfter a short summer break, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will resume its debut campaign in the FIA World Rally Championship at Rally Finland next week, the fastest and most spectacular round of the series. The Alzenau-based team secured a well-earned podium result in Poland last month with all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars finishing a WRC event for the first time. The team will be aiming to continue its steep rate of car development, using the rally to collect more data and information for the remainder of the 2014 WRC season. The team will once again field three Hyundai i20 WRC cars with Belgian pairing Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul behind the wheel of car #7, local heroes Juho Hänninen and co-driver Tomi Tuominen returning with the #8 car and New Zealander Hayden Paddon – navigated by John Kennard – at the helm of car #20 (entered under the Hyundai Motorsport N banner). The surface at Rally Finland is formed of compact, smooth gravel roads, where fast and wide sections alternate with narrower and more technical ones. What makes Finland unique, though, are the breath-taking jumps, which can hide bends over the crests. These roads require drivers to be brave, have very precise pace notes and choose the correct line to tackle the jumps. Preparations for Rally Finland were held earlier this month in the region of Jämsä in Finland where the team carried out a test with Neuville and Hänninen, while Paddon will test the Hyundai i20 WRC this coming Sunday. The team’s campaign in Finland will begin this Saturday with the Helsinki Battle, a new event held in the harbour of the Finnish capital city to whet the appetite ahead of next week’s rally, where the WRC stars of today will challenge the legends from the past in a thrilling competition. Two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm – who had a first experience behind-the-wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC at a test last winter - will partner Hyundai drivers Neuville and Hänninen at the event, which will also be streamed live on www.wrc.com. After a rewarding event in Poland, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is aiming to continue its momentum by finishing Rally Finland with all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars entered into the Jyväskylä-based event. Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “Our objective for Rally Finland, as always, will be to get as much data and feedback as possible and that means getting all three cars to the finish. We have an excellent driver line-up with Thierry, Juho and Hayden as they all have a good experience of the event and the skills required to cope with the high-speed stages. Juho is a local so he knows exactly what it takes to be successful in Finland, Thierry finished second last year and Hayden won the Group N category back in 2010. We tested in Finland earlier this month so we have a good understanding of the direction we need to take with the Hyundai i20 WRC set-up. We’ll be introducing some updates in Finland, including an upgraded wet liner cylinder block, using one of the ‘jokers’ that we’re allowed during the year by the FIA.” The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team’s lead crew Neuville and Gilsoul scored a podium finish last year at Rally Finland – on only their second outing at the event – and they are determined for another successful event after their Polish podium. Neuville said: “I’m really looking forward to Rally Finland, it’s a very special event with so many spectators and probably the best jumps of the entire season. Nicolas and I finished in second place there last year in only our second time at the event and - after the strong result in Poland last month - we really hope we can continue the good work in Finland as well. The target for us remains the same as always: to do the best we can to bring our Hyundai i20 WRC to the finish and help the team to continue the development of the car.” “Flying Finn” Hänninen has a proven record at Rally Finland having won his class several times in the past (SWRC, PWRC and Group N). Hänninen, will be co-driven once again by his compatriot Tuominen, so the crew has an extra motivation for their home event: Hänninen said: “Because it’s my home rally some people think there is more pressure on my shoulders to achieve a good result but I have learned during my career that stress doesn’t help. On the contrary, I’m even more motivated because it’s the rally I know much better than all the others and everything is much more familiar to Tomi and I. My first Rally Finland was in 2006 and I’ve always had good fights there and had some very good results in my class. Many times you have to be over the limit but it’s really fun and a big pleasure to drive on the stages.” After competing in unknown territory in Italy and Poland, Paddon goes into Rally Finland with confidence as it’s an event he knows quite well. For his co-driver Kennard, Finland is like a home away from home. Paddon said: "It’s going to be nice competing in an event we know well for the first time this season. Finland is almost a second home for me and John as some of the roads are quite similar to New Zealand and I have enjoyed the fast nature of the stages. Of course it will be a big challenge as all the drivers will be very quick and both the speed and the commitment levels are high. From our side we would like to continue our progression from Rally Poland and continue to get closer to the leaders.” Rally Finland is the eighth round of the 13-event WRC season, and marks the end of a four-week break for the WRC. All the action will be spread over four competitive days and a total of 360km divided into 23 stages. This year’s itinerary will be a mix of traditional and new stages like Päijälä, Pihlajakoski, Jouhtikylä and it will include the 2.2km Harju test – run in the city centre in Jyväskylä – which was last included in a WRC route in 1998. Click here to view the news
  2. Hyundai Shell World Rally Team to start with three Hyundai i20 WRC cars at Rally Finland, the eighth round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC), Juho Hänninen (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) and Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) will contest their third consecutive rally together The team will take part in the Helsinki Battle this Saturday where WRC legend Marcus Grönholm will share the seat of the Hyundai i20 WRC with Neuville and Hänninen. Alzenau, Germany After a short summer break, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will resume its debut campaign in the FIA World Rally Championship at Rally Finland next week, the fastest and most spectacular round of the series. The Alzenau-based team secured a well-earned podium result in Poland last month with all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars finishing a WRC event for the first time. The team will be aiming to continue its steep rate of car development, using the rally to collect more data and information for the remainder of the 2014 WRC season. The team will once again field three Hyundai i20 WRC cars with Belgian pairing Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul behind the wheel of car #7, local heroes Juho Hänninen and co-driver Tomi Tuominen returning with the #8 car and New Zealander Hayden Paddon – navigated by John Kennard – at the helm of car #20 (entered under the Hyundai Motorsport N banner). The surface at Rally Finland is formed of compact, smooth gravel roads, where fast and wide sections alternate with narrower and more technical ones. What makes Finland unique, though, are the breath-taking jumps, which can hide bends over the crests. These roads require drivers to be brave, have very precise pace notes and choose the correct line to tackle the jumps. Preparations for Rally Finland were held earlier this month in the region of Jämsä in Finland where the team carried out a test with Neuville and Hänninen, while Paddon will test the Hyundai i20 WRC this coming Sunday. The team’s campaign in Finland will begin this Saturday with the Helsinki Battle, a new event held in the harbour of the Finnish capital city to whet the appetite ahead of next week’s rally, where the WRC stars of today will challenge the legends from the past in a thrilling competition. Two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm – who had a first experience behind-the-wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC at a test last winter - will partner Hyundai drivers Neuville and Hänninen at the event, which will also be streamed live on www.wrc.com. After a rewarding event in Poland, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is aiming to continue its momentum by finishing Rally Finland with all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars entered into the Jyväskylä-based event. Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “Our objective for Rally Finland, as always, will be to get as much data and feedback as possible and that means getting all three cars to the finish. We have an excellent driver line-up with Thierry, Juho and Hayden as they all have a good experience of the event and the skills required to cope with the high-speed stages. Juho is a local so he knows exactly what it takes to be successful in Finland, Thierry finished second last year and Hayden won the Group N category back in 2010. We tested in Finland earlier this month so we have a good understanding of the direction we need to take with the Hyundai i20 WRC set-up. We’ll be introducing some updates in Finland, including an upgraded wet liner cylinder block, using one of the ‘jokers’ that we’re allowed during the year by the FIA.” The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team’s lead crew Neuville and Gilsoul scored a podium finish last year at Rally Finland – on only their second outing at the event – and they are determined for another successful event after their Polish podium. Neuville said: “I’m really looking forward to Rally Finland, it’s a very special event with so many spectators and probably the best jumps of the entire season. Nicolas and I finished in second place there last year in only our second time at the event and - after the strong result in Poland last month - we really hope we can continue the good work in Finland as well. The target for us remains the same as always: to do the best we can to bring our Hyundai i20 WRC to the finish and help the team to continue the development of the car.” “Flying Finn” Hänninen has a proven record at Rally Finland having won his class several times in the past (SWRC, PWRC and Group N). Hänninen, will be co-driven once again by his compatriot Tuominen, so the crew has an extra motivation for their home event: Hänninen said: “Because it’s my home rally some people think there is more pressure on my shoulders to achieve a good result but I have learned during my career that stress doesn’t help. On the contrary, I’m even more motivated because it’s the rally I know much better than all the others and everything is much more familiar to Tomi and I. My first Rally Finland was in 2006 and I’ve always had good fights there and had some very good results in my class. Many times you have to be over the limit but it’s really fun and a big pleasure to drive on the stages.” After competing in unknown territory in Italy and Poland, Paddon goes into Rally Finland with confidence as it’s an event he knows quite well. For his co-driver Kennard, Finland is like a home away from home. Paddon said: "It’s going to be nice competing in an event we know well for the first time this season. Finland is almost a second home for me and John as some of the roads are quite similar to New Zealand and I have enjoyed the fast nature of the stages. Of course it will be a big challenge as all the drivers will be very quick and both the speed and the commitment levels are high. From our side we would like to continue our progression from Rally Poland and continue to get closer to the leaders.” Rally Finland is the eighth round of the 13-event WRC season, and marks the end of a four-week break for the WRC. All the action will be spread over four competitive days and a total of 360km divided into 23 stages. This year’s itinerary will be a mix of traditional and new stages like Päijälä, Pihlajakoski, Jouhtikylä and it will include the 2.2km Harju test – run in the city centre in Jyväskylä – which was last included in a WRC route in 1998.
  3. When Nicola Met Thierry

    Olympic Gold medallist and Hyundai Brand Ambassador Nicola Adams MBE meets Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver Thierry Neuville for a showdown Consumer video can be viewed here: Press video (available for download and editing) can be viewed here: Release and images can be downloaded from: www.hyundaipressoffice.co.uk High Wycombe, 10 July 2014 –Olympic Gold Medallist Nicola Adams indulged her passion for fast cars when she took to the co-driver’s seat in the Hyundai i20 WRC. The i20 WRC was driven by Hyundai Shell World Rally Team ace, Thierry Neuville, who took Nicola for a spin on Goodwood’s Forest Rally Stage. Nicola Adams commented: “I was so excited to be offered this opportunity and I wasn’t disappointed. It was just so cool. Everything happens so fast and you’ve got to be really skilful to drive one of these cars. Absolutely awesome - this has to be my new sport! She continued: “I think Thierry tried to scare me a little but I got my own back when I invited him into the ring after!" Thierry Neuville commented: “It was a great honour for me to meet Nicola. We both share the same strong determination to win and she really is at the top of her game. I wish her the best of luck in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.” Nicola Adams will be going for Gold again in the Commonwealth Games that start on July 23 in Glasgow. Thierry Neuville recently celebrated his second podium in this year’s World Rally Championship by finishing Rally Poland in third place. He is currently preparing for Rally Finland which will begin on July 31. Click here to view the news
  4. When Nicola Met Thierry

    Olympic Gold medallist and Hyundai Brand Ambassador Nicola Adams MBE meets Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver Thierry Neuville for a showdown Consumer video can be viewed here: Press video (available for download and editing) can be viewed here: Release and images can be downloaded from: www.hyundaipressoffice.co.uk High Wycombe, 10 July 2014 –Olympic Gold Medallist Nicola Adams indulged her passion for fast cars when she took to the co-driver’s seat in the Hyundai i20 WRC. The i20 WRC was driven by Hyundai Shell World Rally Team ace, Thierry Neuville, who took Nicola for a spin on Goodwood’s Forest Rally Stage. Nicola Adams commented: “I was so excited to be offered this opportunity and I wasn’t disappointed. It was just so cool. Everything happens so fast and you’ve got to be really skilful to drive one of these cars. Absolutely awesome - this has to be my new sport! She continued: “I think Thierry tried to scare me a little but I got my own back when I invited him into the ring after!" Thierry Neuville commented: “It was a great honour for me to meet Nicola. We both share the same strong determination to win and she really is at the top of her game. I wish her the best of luck in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.” Nicola Adams will be going for Gold again in the Commonwealth Games that start on July 23 in Glasgow. Thierry Neuville recently celebrated his second podium in this year’s World Rally Championship by finishing Rally Poland in third place. He is currently preparing for Rally Finland which will begin on July 31.
  5. The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has taken its second podium of its rookie WRC season with Thierry Neuville finishing in third place in Poland For the first time, the team has registered a three car finish in a competitive WRC event as Juho Hanninen and Hayden Paddon completed the four-day event All three Hyundai i20 WRC cars finished in the top eight overall while the team also added two more stage wins in its debut WRC season. The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has claimed its second podium result of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season as Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul) claimed third place after an action-packed Rally Poland. In just its seventh WRC event, the rookie team has enjoyed a positive week and has had its hard work rewarded with a debut three car finish as Juho Hänninen (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Tomi Tuominen) and Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver John Kennard) also completed the rally inside the top eight overall. The team has shown competitive pace in this event and has seen all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars and crews demonstrate podium potential as all three drivers registered quick stage times during the weekend. Neuville scored a stage win in the 14.41km Stare Juchy 2 stage on last Saturday, Hänninen topped the times in SS2 (Kruklanki 17.24km) while Paddon, in just his second WRC event as a Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver, finished 0.7s off a stage win in Friday’s SS4 (Wieliczki 12.89km). Neuville had a strong Rally Poland, fighting hard showing competitiveness and determination to make his way from tenth up into the podium positions. Neuville said: “It has been a positive weekend for us and I am pleased with the podium result. To come back from tenth place, where we were at the end of Friday, to third had been great achievement. This rally was hard. You had to find your confidence, and once you have that you can be really fast. It has been a great job from the entire team this weekend. We have worked really well together to tackle the rally in calm and focused way. It is a very nice result to have all three cars finish a WRC event for the first time.” Hänninen has also shown some impressive pace in Poland to claim a stage win on the opening day and regularly be among the pace setters, and with the top six finish gives the Finn his best result of the season and much cause for satisfaction. Hanninen said: “I’m quite happy with the rally and it has been a very good weekend for the team overall. I made no mistakes during the four days and we have shown some strong pace at times. I was happy with the set-up and, generally, it has been running perfectly. Yesterday, we had some issues which slowed us down but thankfully Thierry was able to regain the third position for the team. I lost a bit in this morning’s first stage so I took it steady after that to secure sixth place. There are definitely lots of encouraging aspects to take away from this event.” Paddon registered a second consecutive rally finish in just his second event with the team, and has also claimed his first top eight results in the #20 Hyundai i20 WRC. The Kiwi crew set the second fastest time in SS4 and achieved their objective of gaining confidence in the often tricky conditions. Paddon said: “All in all it was a good rally, one of progression, learning and enjoyment. I am pleased to finish in eighth place and to have contributed to the team’s first three car finish. Everyone has done a great job and personally I am pleased with the progress that John and I have made since Sardegna. Some of the stages here were definitely more suited to my style, and I think we showed what we are capable of when we have the confidence to push. There are still some areas I need to work on but for our second event with the team, we can be pleased. We now need to make another step forward for Finland.” Team Principal Michel Nandan: “We can be very proud of our achievements in this rally. We set the objective of a three car finish and to challenge for some competitive stage times, and we have managed this well. All three driver crews have performed strongly, had good pace and shown the potential of the Hyundai i20 WRC when everything comes together. We have taken two stage wins in Poland and scored our second podium result – all in only our seventh WRC event. Considering the comparative infancy of our team, this is very encouraging. I would like to thank everyone in the team, both at the rally and back at Alzenau, for contributing. We have learned a lot from this rally, in some difficult and changeable conditions, and we look forward to Finland where we will have some updates on the Hyundai i20 WRC which we hope will mark another step forward for our young team.” Overall Classification after Day Four 1. S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 2:34:02.0 2. A. Mikkelsen / O. Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +1:07.7 3. T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2:13.5 4. M. Hirvonen / J. Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:32.4 5. J.M Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +2:33.1 6. J. Hänninen / T. Tuominen (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2:49.9 7. K. Meeke / P. Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC) +4:27.9 8. H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +4:32.1 9. H. Solberg / I. Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:59.0 10. M. Prokop / J. Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +6:11.3 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings S. Ogier 166 points / J.M. Latvala 116 / A. Mikkelsen 83 / M. Østberg 66 / M. Hirvonen 52 / T. Neuville 46 / K. Meeke 38 / E. Evans 36 / M. Prokop 31 / H. Solberg 24 / B. Bouffier 18 / R. Kubica 12 / J. Hänninen 12 / O. Tanak 10 / B. Guerra 8 / C. Atkinson 6 / J. Melicharek 4 / P. Tidemand 4 / H. Paddon 4 / N. Al-Attyiah 3 / M. Gamba 2 / C. Breen 2 / J. Protasov 2 / L. Bertelli 2 / J. Ketomaa 1 / K. Al Qassimi 1 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings Volkswagen Motorsport 262 points / Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 115 / M-Sport World Rally Team 90 / Volkswagen Motorsport II 82 / Hyundai Motorsport 80 / Jipocar Czech National Team 34 / RK M-Sport World Rally Team 19 / Hyundai Motorsport N 8 All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation
  6. The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has taken its second podium of its rookie WRC season with Thierry Neuville finishing in third place in Poland For the first time, the team has registered a three car finish in a competitive WRC event as Juho Hanninen and Hayden Paddon completed the four-day event All three Hyundai i20 WRC cars finished in the top eight overall while the team also added two more stage wins in its debut WRC season. The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has claimed its second podium result of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season as Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul) claimed third place after an action-packed Rally Poland.In just its seventh WRC event, the rookie team has enjoyed a positive week and has had its hard work rewarded with a debut three car finish as Juho Hänninen (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Tomi Tuominen) and Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver John Kennard) also completed the rally inside the top eight overall. The team has shown competitive pace in this event and has seen all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars and crews demonstrate podium potential as all three drivers registered quick stage times during the weekend. Neuville scored a stage win in the 14.41km Stare Juchy 2 stage on last Saturday, Hänninen topped the times in SS2 (Kruklanki 17.24km) while Paddon, in just his second WRC event as a Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver, finished 0.7s off a stage win in Friday’s SS4 (Wieliczki 12.89km). Neuville had a strong Rally Poland, fighting hard showing competitiveness and determination to make his way from tenth up into the podium positions. Neuville said: “It has been a positive weekend for us and I am pleased with the podium result. To come back from tenth place, where we were at the end of Friday, to third had been great achievement. This rally was hard. You had to find your confidence, and once you have that you can be really fast. It has been a great job from the entire team this weekend. We have worked really well together to tackle the rally in calm and focused way. It is a very nice result to have all three cars finish a WRC event for the first time.” Hänninen has also shown some impressive pace in Poland to claim a stage win on the opening day and regularly be among the pace setters, and with the top six finish gives the Finn his best result of the season and much cause for satisfaction. Hanninen said: “I’m quite happy with the rally and it has been a very good weekend for the team overall. I made no mistakes during the four days and we have shown some strong pace at times. I was happy with the set-up and, generally, it has been running perfectly. Yesterday, we had some issues which slowed us down but thankfully Thierry was able to regain the third position for the team. I lost a bit in this morning’s first stage so I took it steady after that to secure sixth place. There are definitely lots of encouraging aspects to take away from this event.” Paddon registered a second consecutive rally finish in just his second event with the team, and has also claimed his first top eight results in the #20 Hyundai i20 WRC. The Kiwi crew set the second fastest time in SS4 and achieved their objective of gaining confidence in the often tricky conditions. Paddon said: “All in all it was a good rally, one of progression, learning and enjoyment. I am pleased to finish in eighth place and to have contributed to the team’s first three car finish. Everyone has done a great job and personally I am pleased with the progress that John and I have made since Sardegna. Some of the stages here were definitely more suited to my style, and I think we showed what we are capable of when we have the confidence to push. There are still some areas I need to work on but for our second event with the team, we can be pleased. We now need to make another step forward for Finland.” Team Principal Michel Nandan: “We can be very proud of our achievements in this rally. We set the objective of a three car finish and to challenge for some competitive stage times, and we have managed this well. All three driver crews have performed strongly, had good pace and shown the potential of the Hyundai i20 WRC when everything comes together. We have taken two stage wins in Poland and scored our second podium result – all in only our seventh WRC event. Considering the comparative infancy of our team, this is very encouraging. I would like to thank everyone in the team, both at the rally and back at Alzenau, for contributing. We have learned a lot from this rally, in some difficult and changeable conditions, and we look forward to Finland where we will have some updates on the Hyundai i20 WRC which we hope will mark another step forward for our young team.” Overall Classification after Day Four 1. S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 2:34:02.0 2. A. Mikkelsen / O. Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +1:07.7 3. T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2:13.5 4. M. Hirvonen / J. Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:32.4 5. J.M Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +2:33.1 6. J. Hänninen / T. Tuominen (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2:49.9 7. K. Meeke / P. Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC) +4:27.9 8. H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +4:32.1 9. H. Solberg / I. Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:59.0 10. M. Prokop / J. Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +6:11.3 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings S. Ogier 166 points / J.M. Latvala 116 / A. Mikkelsen 83 / M. Østberg 66 / M. Hirvonen 52 / T. Neuville 46 / K. Meeke 38 / E. Evans 36 / M. Prokop 31 / H. Solberg 24 / B. Bouffier 18 / R. Kubica 12 / J. Hänninen 12 / O. Tanak 10 / B. Guerra 8 / C. Atkinson 6 / J. Melicharek 4 / P. Tidemand 4 / H. Paddon 4 / N. Al-Attyiah 3 / M. Gamba 2 / C. Breen 2 / J. Protasov 2 / L. Bertelli 2 / J. Ketomaa 1 / K. Al Qassimi 1 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings Volkswagen Motorsport 262 points / Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 115 / M-Sport World Rally Team 90 / Volkswagen Motorsport II 82 / Hyundai Motorsport 80 / Jipocar Czech National Team 34 / RK M-Sport World Rally Team 19 / Hyundai Motorsport N 8 All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation Click here to view the news
  7. Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will field three Hyundai i20 WRC cars in Rally Poland, the seventh round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC), Juho Hänninen (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) and Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) will contest their second consecutive rally together with the same line-up as Rally Italia Sardegna earlier this month The team carried out a test in Poland between Argentina and Sardegna with all three drivers to work on the Hyundai i20 WRC, while using Sardegna itself to prepare for the conditions expected in Rally Poland. Alzenau, Germany – The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will continue its learning curve in the competitive WRC environment at a new-look event for the championship, Rally Poland, this weekend. The team, which experienced a challenging and ultimately productive Rally Italia Sardegna just a few weeks ago, is looking forward to learning more about its ever-evolving Hyundai i20 WRC car at another gravel event, with three cars entered once again. Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul will spearhead the team’s assault on Rally Poland in the #7 car, joined by Finnish pair Juho Hänninen and Tomi Tuominen in the #8 car and Kiwi crew Hayden Paddon and John Kennard in the #20 car entered by Hyundai Motorsport N. This year’s event will be the 71st running of Rally Poland but it is returning to the WRC for the first time since 2009, running stages in Poland and Lithuania over 21 stages totaling 350km. The event, like Rally Italia Sardegna, will incorporate a remote service that will put added pressure on teams and drivers as they negotiate unknown and unfamiliar routes. For Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, the objectives remain, as at all previous rallies, for all cars to complete the rally and to accumulate experience of the new terrain with the Hyundai i20 WRC car. The team tested in Poland after Argentina with all three driver crews taking part; Neuville and Hänninen drove on two days and Paddon on one day. The team also used Rally Italia Sardegna to prepare for this weekend’s rally with some of the road sections in the last event expected to be similar to those faced this weekend. Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We were able to take a number of positive elements away from Sardegna, including our first 1-2 stage wins. I feel that we are stronger as a team as a result of the experience of that event, which was certainly not an easy rally. Poland will be another new event for us and in fact quite new territory for everyone. It hasn’t been on the calendar for many years and a lot of the stages are completely new –including those in Lithuania which is a completely new country for WRC to visit. On Rally Poland, the stages are fast with a sandy surface so we need to have good traction. We carried out some important work on suspension and differential settings in between Argentina and Sardinia, which will be important for this weekend. It will not be easy but that is why we are here: to learn. We have three cars again with the same driver line-up so we will be able to pick up from where we left off in Sardinia –and aim to get all cars to the finish of the rally.” Neuville and Gilsoul demonstrated strong pace during Rally Italia Sardegna, which saw them claim a stage win on Friday, so will be hopeful of another strong event in the #7 Hyundai i20 WRC. Neuville said: “Although Sardegna did not go to plan, we were still able to make some good discoveries for the future and we will use that experience this weekend in Poland. We tested there after Argentina with the Hyundai i20 WRC and the gravel roads are sandy and soft in nature, so it’s a new type of road surface for me. I expect it could be quite tough on the car but I am sure it will be nice and fast to drive on. We will have to see what the weather conditions are like but whatever happens, our aim is to go out there and get another good result for the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team.” Hänninen and Tuominen also scored a stage win in Sardegna and briefly led the rally (their first in WRC). The Finns will be looking to put the disappointment of their Sardinia crash behind them as they aim to register a rally finish in their #8 Hyundai i20 WRC. Hänninen said: “Tomi and I were obviously disappointed with the outcome of Sardegna but we are pleased to be going to Poland where we will be able to get back into WRC action. It looks likely to be another tricky event but we have some recent testing experience from Poland which will be helpful. It is a new event for many people and it will be good to go to a new country when we have the Lithuania stages. We had some positives from the start of the rally in Sardegna, so for Poland I want to make sure we complete the rally and support the ongoing development of the car and the team.” The Kiwi crew of Hayden Paddon and John Kennard had a strong debut event with the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team and will be hoping to accelerate their own learning curve in the #20 car (Hyundai Motorsport N). Paddon said: "I am really looking forward to Poland. I always prefer fast events and since it is an event that has not been in the championship for five years, it’s more of a leveller for a driver like me with less experience. We did a small test in Poland several weeks ago and from this we could see the roads are very fast, but also quite soft in places. We will be expecting rougher conditions on repeat stages, which will make it difficult, so we will have to make the most of the first pass on the stages. Since Sardegna, I have also analysed the data with my engineer and have identified two key areas that I will work on with my driving. We will go into the event trying some parts on the car for the first time but both my engineer and I are confident this will help me get a better feeling for the car in rally conditions. We have had our taster in Sardegna, now we are ready to step it up and try and get closer to the other Hyundai i20 WRC cars." Rally Poland marks the halfway point of the 2014 season, round seven of 13, and represents the first time that the event has appeared on the WRC calendar since 2009. Rally Poland itself is one of the world’s oldest rallies, having hosted its first event in 1921. It featured in the first WRC season in 1973 but left the calendar to become a European Rally Championship event. A one-off return in 2009 was the last time that WRC visited the country. This year’s event will take in two countries with WRC visiting Lithuania for the first time. It will be the 32nd different country to have staged a WRC event in the championship’s history. The schedule will take in three stages on Thursday including one in the dark. Friday will see a remote service in Lithuania with four stages in the country, two either side of the service. The event will have four Super Special Stages held at the Mikolajki Arena in Poland, one on each day of the rally. All in all, it will be a step into the unknown for most teams and drivers but a challenge that Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is relishing as part of its learning year in the WRC.
  8. Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will field three Hyundai i20 WRC cars in Rally Poland, the seventh round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC), Juho Hänninen (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) and Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) will contest their second consecutive rally together with the same line-up as Rally Italia Sardegna earlier this month The team carried out a test in Poland between Argentina and Sardegna with all three drivers to work on the Hyundai i20 WRC, while using Sardegna itself to prepare for the conditions expected in Rally Poland. Alzenau, Germany – The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will continue its learning curve in the competitive WRC environment at a new-look event for the championship, Rally Poland, this weekend. The team, which experienced a challenging and ultimately productive Rally Italia Sardegna just a few weeks ago, is looking forward to learning more about its ever-evolving Hyundai i20 WRC car at another gravel event, with three cars entered once again.Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul will spearhead the team’s assault on Rally Poland in the #7 car, joined by Finnish pair Juho Hänninen and Tomi Tuominen in the #8 car and Kiwi crew Hayden Paddon and John Kennard in the #20 car entered by Hyundai Motorsport N. This year’s event will be the 71st running of Rally Poland but it is returning to the WRC for the first time since 2009, running stages in Poland and Lithuania over 21 stages totaling 350km. The event, like Rally Italia Sardegna, will incorporate a remote service that will put added pressure on teams and drivers as they negotiate unknown and unfamiliar routes. For Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, the objectives remain, as at all previous rallies, for all cars to complete the rally and to accumulate experience of the new terrain with the Hyundai i20 WRC car. The team tested in Poland after Argentina with all three driver crews taking part; Neuville and Hänninen drove on two days and Paddon on one day. The team also used Rally Italia Sardegna to prepare for this weekend’s rally with some of the road sections in the last event expected to be similar to those faced this weekend. Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We were able to take a number of positive elements away from Sardegna, including our first 1-2 stage wins. I feel that we are stronger as a team as a result of the experience of that event, which was certainly not an easy rally. Poland will be another new event for us and in fact quite new territory for everyone. It hasn’t been on the calendar for many years and a lot of the stages are completely new –including those in Lithuania which is a completely new country for WRC to visit. On Rally Poland, the stages are fast with a sandy surface so we need to have good traction. We carried out some important work on suspension and differential settings in between Argentina and Sardinia, which will be important for this weekend. It will not be easy but that is why we are here: to learn. We have three cars again with the same driver line-up so we will be able to pick up from where we left off in Sardinia –and aim to get all cars to the finish of the rally.” Neuville and Gilsoul demonstrated strong pace during Rally Italia Sardegna, which saw them claim a stage win on Friday, so will be hopeful of another strong event in the #7 Hyundai i20 WRC. Neuville said: “Although Sardegna did not go to plan, we were still able to make some good discoveries for the future and we will use that experience this weekend in Poland. We tested there after Argentina with the Hyundai i20 WRC and the gravel roads are sandy and soft in nature, so it’s a new type of road surface for me. I expect it could be quite tough on the car but I am sure it will be nice and fast to drive on. We will have to see what the weather conditions are like but whatever happens, our aim is to go out there and get another good result for the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team.” Hänninen and Tuominen also scored a stage win in Sardegna and briefly led the rally (their first in WRC). The Finns will be looking to put the disappointment of their Sardinia crash behind them as they aim to register a rally finish in their #8 Hyundai i20 WRC. Hänninen said: “Tomi and I were obviously disappointed with the outcome of Sardegna but we are pleased to be going to Poland where we will be able to get back into WRC action. It looks likely to be another tricky event but we have some recent testing experience from Poland which will be helpful. It is a new event for many people and it will be good to go to a new country when we have the Lithuania stages. We had some positives from the start of the rally in Sardegna, so for Poland I want to make sure we complete the rally and support the ongoing development of the car and the team.” The Kiwi crew of Hayden Paddon and John Kennard had a strong debut event with the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team and will be hoping to accelerate their own learning curve in the #20 car (Hyundai Motorsport N). Paddon said: "I am really looking forward to Poland. I always prefer fast events and since it is an event that has not been in the championship for five years, it’s more of a leveller for a driver like me with less experience. We did a small test in Poland several weeks ago and from this we could see the roads are very fast, but also quite soft in places. We will be expecting rougher conditions on repeat stages, which will make it difficult, so we will have to make the most of the first pass on the stages. Since Sardegna, I have also analysed the data with my engineer and have identified two key areas that I will work on with my driving. We will go into the event trying some parts on the car for the first time but both my engineer and I are confident this will help me get a better feeling for the car in rally conditions. We have had our taster in Sardegna, now we are ready to step it up and try and get closer to the other Hyundai i20 WRC cars." Rally Poland marks the halfway point of the 2014 season, round seven of 13, and represents the first time that the event has appeared on the WRC calendar since 2009. Rally Poland itself is one of the world’s oldest rallies, having hosted its first event in 1921. It featured in the first WRC season in 1973 but left the calendar to become a European Rally Championship event. A one-off return in 2009 was the last time that WRC visited the country. This year’s event will take in two countries with WRC visiting Lithuania for the first time. It will be the 32nd different country to have staged a WRC event in the championship’s history. The schedule will take in three stages on Thursday including one in the dark. Friday will see a remote service in Lithuania with four stages in the country, two either side of the service. The event will have four Super Special Stages held at the Mikolajki Arena in Poland, one on each day of the rally. All in all, it will be a step into the unknown for most teams and drivers but a challenge that Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is relishing as part of its learning year in the WRC. Click here to view the news
  9. Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has concluded Rally Italia Sardegna, round six of the 2014 World Rally Championship, with two Hyundai i20 WRCs reaching the finish of a tough rally The event has been another source of precious information gathering for the young team as it continues use the very public platform of the World Rally stage to do its learning Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon were able to help the team further develop the Hyundai i20 WRC to meet the demands of Sardinia’s gravel terrain in today’s final stages. High Wycombe – The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has achieved a number of important objectives in this week’s Rally Italia Sardegna as it continues to evolve the Hyundai i20 WRC rally car for the tough challenges faced in the FIA World Rally Championship. Despite a number of setbacks on Friday, in which the team was forced to retire one of the trio of cars entered into the Sardinia event, the newest squad in WRC persevered and completed the rally with Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul) and Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver John Kennard). Neuville continued from where he left off on Friday, again with the disadvantage of being one of the first on the road, to identify areas of improvement on the Hyundai i20 WRC in tough, slippery terrain. The experience of this rally has been helpful for the team to assess different suspension settings, which will be beneficial for the next rally in Poland. Neuville said: “We have really made good use of our time here in Sardinia to work hard on developing our Hyundai i20 WRC for these challenging conditions. Going out on the road so early means that we have been cleaning the route in most stages but I think Nicolas and I did a good job in the circumstances. We have also been able to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the car in these conditions. Obviously, we are all disappointed with what happened on Friday, which prevented us from fighting further up the classification. The team has done a good job and we can look forward to Poland where we will continue to make improvements.” New Zealander Hayden Paddon has successfully completed his debut rally as a Hyundai Shell WRT driver, learning more and more with each stage. The 27-year-old has adopted a mature approach to his first attempt at Rally Italia Sardegna and has settled into the team with ease. He encountered an engine misfire during yesterday’s final stage after going through the water splash but the team worked hard during the night, using Rally 2 regulations and refreshing the car for the final day. Paddon has not wasted the opportunity, picking up confidence and pace in the final four stages to bring his and the team’s first rally together to an encouraging conclusion. Paddon said: “The guys did a great job last night to repair the car and to get me back out into the rally today. Like yesterday, we were early out on the road so we had to contend with slippery conditions and loose gravel. In this morning’s stages, we had to look after the tyres and that affected the times but I felt more confident in the car today. I knew it was going to be a tough first rally with the team because I have never driven here before, but we have had good progression. We’ve not been pushing and have concentrated on getting to the end of each stage, learning as much as possible both for myself and for the team. Overall, there are definitely things we could have done better but this is not a one off event so we can use this to build for the next event.” Hyundai Shell World Rally Team now has six WRC events under its belt in its debut season in the championship. It is important to remember that the team’s objectives for the entire 2014 season are to build up experience in a competitive rally environment and adapting the Hyundai i20 WRC car performance to the particularities of each stage and each rally. Next week will mark the one year anniversary of the official inauguration of Hyundai Motorsport’s facility in Alzenau, Germany, but for the team the progress made over the past twelve months has been staggering. Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We have had a busy, tough but ultimately very productive rally here in Sardinia. We are not competing this year for stage times but to develop our Hyundai i20 WRC for each rally. Of course, it is nice when we show competitiveness, as indeed we have done in several stages this weekend. This Rally Italia Sardegna has been particularly tough and in some extremely hot temperatures. The team has done a fantastic job, working really hard and we leave here with lots of motivation for the next round in Poland. Thierry and Hayden have done a professional job today and we have used the final stages of the rally to learn more about the car. It is obviously a shame we couldn’t finish with all three cars but we still leave here with lots to discuss back at the factory to prepare for Poland.” Overall Final Classification 1. S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 4:02:37.8 2. M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +1:23.1 3. J.M Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +1:32.8 4. A. Mikkelsen / O. Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +2:39.3 5. E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:41.8 6. M. Prokop / J. Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +6:05.3 7. H. Solberg / I. Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +7:15.8 8. R. Kubica / M. Szczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) 12:19.0 9. L. Bertelli / M. Dotta (Ford Fiesta RRC Super 2000) +15:22.1 10. K. Al Qassimi / C. Pattersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +16:49.3 11. S. Chardonnet / T. De La Haye (Citroën DS3 R5) +17:33.7 12. H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +18:04.3 … 16. T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +27:24.9 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings S. Ogier 138 points / J.M. Latvala 105 / M. Østberg 66 / A. Mikkelsen 63 / M. Hirvonen 40 / E. Evans 36 / K. Meeke 32 /T. Neuville 31 / M. Prokop 30 / H. Solberg 22 / B. Bouffier 18 / R. Kubica 12 / O. Tanak 10 / B. Guerra 8 / C. Atkinson 6 / J. Melicharek 4 / P. Tidemand 4 / J. Hänninen 4 / N. Al-Attyiah 3 / M. Gamba 2 / C. Breen 2 / J. Protasov 2 / L. Bertelli 2 / J. Ketomaa 1 / K. Al Qassimi 1 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings Volkswagen Motorsport 227 points / Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 109 / M-Sport World Rally Team 78 / Volkswagen Motorsport II 64 / Hyundai Motorsport 57 / Jipocar Czech National Team 32 / RK M-Sport World Rally Team 18 / Hyundai Motorsport N 4 All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation
  10. Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has concluded Rally Italia Sardegna, round six of the 2014 World Rally Championship, with two Hyundai i20 WRCs reaching the finish of a tough rally The event has been another source of precious information gathering for the young team as it continues use the very public platform of the World Rally stage to do its learning Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon were able to help the team further develop the Hyundai i20 WRC to meet the demands of Sardinia’s gravel terrain in today’s final stages. High Wycombe – The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has achieved a number of important objectives in this week’s Rally Italia Sardegna as it continues to evolve the Hyundai i20 WRC rally car for the tough challenges faced in the FIA World Rally Championship.Despite a number of setbacks on Friday, in which the team was forced to retire one of the trio of cars entered into the Sardinia event, the newest squad in WRC persevered and completed the rally with Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul) and Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver John Kennard). Neuville continued from where he left off on Friday, again with the disadvantage of being one of the first on the road, to identify areas of improvement on the Hyundai i20 WRC in tough, slippery terrain. The experience of this rally has been helpful for the team to assess different suspension settings, which will be beneficial for the next rally in Poland. Neuville said: “We have really made good use of our time here in Sardinia to work hard on developing our Hyundai i20 WRC for these challenging conditions. Going out on the road so early means that we have been cleaning the route in most stages but I think Nicolas and I did a good job in the circumstances. We have also been able to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the car in these conditions. Obviously, we are all disappointed with what happened on Friday, which prevented us from fighting further up the classification. The team has done a good job and we can look forward to Poland where we will continue to make improvements.” New Zealander Hayden Paddon has successfully completed his debut rally as a Hyundai Shell WRT driver, learning more and more with each stage. The 27-year-old has adopted a mature approach to his first attempt at Rally Italia Sardegna and has settled into the team with ease. He encountered an engine misfire during yesterday’s final stage after going through the water splash but the team worked hard during the night, using Rally 2 regulations and refreshing the car for the final day. Paddon has not wasted the opportunity, picking up confidence and pace in the final four stages to bring his and the team’s first rally together to an encouraging conclusion. Paddon said: “The guys did a great job last night to repair the car and to get me back out into the rally today. Like yesterday, we were early out on the road so we had to contend with slippery conditions and loose gravel. In this morning’s stages, we had to look after the tyres and that affected the times but I felt more confident in the car today. I knew it was going to be a tough first rally with the team because I have never driven here before, but we have had good progression. We’ve not been pushing and have concentrated on getting to the end of each stage, learning as much as possible both for myself and for the team. Overall, there are definitely things we could have done better but this is not a one off event so we can use this to build for the next event.” Hyundai Shell World Rally Team now has six WRC events under its belt in its debut season in the championship. It is important to remember that the team’s objectives for the entire 2014 season are to build up experience in a competitive rally environment and adapting the Hyundai i20 WRC car performance to the particularities of each stage and each rally. Next week will mark the one year anniversary of the official inauguration of Hyundai Motorsport’s facility in Alzenau, Germany, but for the team the progress made over the past twelve months has been staggering. Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We have had a busy, tough but ultimately very productive rally here in Sardinia. We are not competing this year for stage times but to develop our Hyundai i20 WRC for each rally. Of course, it is nice when we show competitiveness, as indeed we have done in several stages this weekend. This Rally Italia Sardegna has been particularly tough and in some extremely hot temperatures. The team has done a fantastic job, working really hard and we leave here with lots of motivation for the next round in Poland. Thierry and Hayden have done a professional job today and we have used the final stages of the rally to learn more about the car. It is obviously a shame we couldn’t finish with all three cars but we still leave here with lots to discuss back at the factory to prepare for Poland.” Overall Final Classification 1. S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 4:02:37.8 2. M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +1:23.1 3. J.M Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +1:32.8 4. A. Mikkelsen / O. Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +2:39.3 5. E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:41.8 6. M. Prokop / J. Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +6:05.3 7. H. Solberg / I. Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +7:15.8 8. R. Kubica / M. Szczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) 12:19.0 9. L. Bertelli / M. Dotta (Ford Fiesta RRC Super 2000) +15:22.1 10. K. Al Qassimi / C. Pattersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +16:49.3 11. S. Chardonnet / T. De La Haye (Citroën DS3 R5) +17:33.7 12. H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +18:04.3 … 16. T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +27:24.9 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings S. Ogier 138 points / J.M. Latvala 105 / M. Østberg 66 / A. Mikkelsen 63 / M. Hirvonen 40 / E. Evans 36 / K. Meeke 32 /T. Neuville 31 / M. Prokop 30 / H. Solberg 22 / B. Bouffier 18 / R. Kubica 12 / O. Tanak 10 / B. Guerra 8 / C. Atkinson 6 / J. Melicharek 4 / P. Tidemand 4 / J. Hänninen 4 / N. Al-Attyiah 3 / M. Gamba 2 / C. Breen 2 / J. Protasov 2 / L. Bertelli 2 / J. Ketomaa 1 / K. Al Qassimi 1 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings Volkswagen Motorsport 227 points / Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 109 / M-Sport World Rally Team 78 / Volkswagen Motorsport II 64 / Hyundai Motorsport 57 / Jipocar Czech National Team 32 / RK M-Sport World Rally Team 18 / Hyundai Motorsport N 4 All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation Click here to view the news
  11. Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will field three Hyundai i20 WRC cars at Rally Italia Sardegna from June 6 to 8. Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) will be joined by Juho Hänninen (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) scoring points for Hyundai Motorsport while young New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon will make his debut in the #20 Hyundai i20 WRC for Hyundai Motorsport N. Alzenau, Germany Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will contest this weekend’s Rally Italia Sardegna from June 6 to 8, round six of the 13-event FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), with three cars as it tackles brand new territory with the ever-evolving Hyundai i20 WRC car. New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon will be making his debut with the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team alongside his co-driver John Kennard for the first round of a seven-rally campaign with the team behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC #20. The Kiwi duo will be scoring points for the Hyundai Motorsport N entry. Paddon and Kennard will join Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul) and Juho Hänninen (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Tomi Tuominen), who was a previous winner of Rally Italia Sardegna in the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Sardegna will offer another new challenge for the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team following the rigours of Argentina, in an event where the Hyundai i20 WRC has yet to turn a wheel. The stages are characterised by their technical and varied nature, featuring fast but narrow roads which leave no room for error, as well as spectacular water splashes and breath-taking jumps. The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has prepared for Sardegna with a comprehensive test in the north of Portugal in March with Neuville and Hänninen tackling similar terrain to what will be faced this weekend. Paddon, meanwhile, had his first taste of the Hyundai i20 WRC on gravel at a test last month. Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We are looking forward to putting the Hyundai i20 WRC through its paces at another new event for our young team. It is also a pleasure to welcome Hayden and John into our squad for the first of seven events. Hayden is a very promising young driver with huge potential and we are pleased to offer him the chance to compete. I am excited to see him grow alongside the team as our debut season continues. This will be another demanding event for us as we understand the nuances of Rally Italia Sardegna; it is a tough event so our main aim for the three crews will be to take care and avoid making mistakes. This approach will allow us to maximise our learning from the event. We are of course hoping to score more points and to continue the development of the Hyundai i20 WRC, which is improving in all areas rally to rally. We can’t forget that this event comes one year on from the official opening of our Alzenau facility – it is truly incredible to see how far we have come in the space of the past twelve months.” Hyundai Shell WRT lead driver Neuville put in a fighting performance at the previous round in Argentina, clinching a solid fifth place. The Belgian is determined to add to the team’s learning curve at Rally Italia Sardegna with another strong finish. Neuville said: “Rally Italia Sardegna is quite tough; stages are technical and quite narrow making it very easy to make a mistake. There can be stones on the line which you need to take care about that can make things even more difficult. We had a good result here last year and we know the event quite well now having contested it three times previously. We will make the most of this event to continue to building the experience together with the team and of course we will look at bringing home some positives from Italy for the remainder of the season.” Winner of Rally Italia Sardegna in 2010, when the event was part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, Hänninen is eager to make a positive return behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC this weekend. Hänninen commented: “Rally Italia Sardegna is an event I know quite well, I have been there four times before and I won it back in 2010. It’s a demanding rally with warm weather and a lot of grip changes. Surface can be hard in some places and sandy and quite slippery in other places. It’s also very narrow which makes it very easy to make a mistake. We carefully prepared for this event and for sure we will do our best to help the team to get as much feedback as possible to develop the Hyundai i20 WRC.” On his first outing with the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, Paddon has clear goals for Rally Italia Sardegna alongside his compatriot co-driver. He said: “We’re delighted to be joining the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, it’s an incredible opportunity and I’ll work very hard to make the most of it. This will be my first time in Sardegna so I’ve been studying a lot of videos online to prepare for it. I know that the stages are narrow and twisty and there could be some rocks on the road so we need to keep out of trouble. Being my first event we will focus on getting to the finish and then, show progression on each throughout the season.” Celebrating its 10th edition this year, Rally Italia Sardegna moves from Olbia to the west coast town of Alghero where the Service Park and Rally Headquarters will be based. The event will kick off on Thursday 5 June with a Super Special Stage hosted in the island’s capital Cagliari followed by three gruelling days of competition divided into 17 stages. This year competitors will tackle 372km of special stages – including 75km of new roads compared to 2013. The main challenges of this year’s edition are the two runs through the massive 59.13km Monte Lerno stage, the longest in the Championship so far.
  12. Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will field three Hyundai i20 WRC cars at Rally Italia Sardegna from June 6 to 8. Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) will be joined by Juho Hänninen (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) scoring points for Hyundai Motorsport while young New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon will make his debut in the #20 Hyundai i20 WRC for Hyundai Motorsport N. Alzenau, Germany Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will contest this weekend’s Rally Italia Sardegna from June 6 to 8, round six of the 13-event FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), with three cars as it tackles brand new territory with the ever-evolving Hyundai i20 WRC car. New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon will be making his debut with the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team alongside his co-driver John Kennard for the first round of a seven-rally campaign with the team behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC #20. The Kiwi duo will be scoring points for the Hyundai Motorsport N entry. Paddon and Kennard will join Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul) and Juho Hänninen (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Tomi Tuominen), who was a previous winner of Rally Italia Sardegna in the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Sardegna will offer another new challenge for the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team following the rigours of Argentina, in an event where the Hyundai i20 WRC has yet to turn a wheel. The stages are characterised by their technical and varied nature, featuring fast but narrow roads which leave no room for error, as well as spectacular water splashes and breath-taking jumps. The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has prepared for Sardegna with a comprehensive test in the north of Portugal in March with Neuville and Hänninen tackling similar terrain to what will be faced this weekend. Paddon, meanwhile, had his first taste of the Hyundai i20 WRC on gravel at a test last month. Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We are looking forward to putting the Hyundai i20 WRC through its paces at another new event for our young team. It is also a pleasure to welcome Hayden and John into our squad for the first of seven events. Hayden is a very promising young driver with huge potential and we are pleased to offer him the chance to compete. I am excited to see him grow alongside the team as our debut season continues. This will be another demanding event for us as we understand the nuances of Rally Italia Sardegna; it is a tough event so our main aim for the three crews will be to take care and avoid making mistakes. This approach will allow us to maximise our learning from the event. We are of course hoping to score more points and to continue the development of the Hyundai i20 WRC, which is improving in all areas rally to rally. We can’t forget that this event comes one year on from the official opening of our Alzenau facility – it is truly incredible to see how far we have come in the space of the past twelve months.” Hyundai Shell WRT lead driver Neuville put in a fighting performance at the previous round in Argentina, clinching a solid fifth place. The Belgian is determined to add to the team’s learning curve at Rally Italia Sardegna with another strong finish. Neuville said: “Rally Italia Sardegna is quite tough; stages are technical and quite narrow making it very easy to make a mistake. There can be stones on the line which you need to take care about that can make things even more difficult. We had a good result here last year and we know the event quite well now having contested it three times previously. We will make the most of this event to continue to building the experience together with the team and of course we will look at bringing home some positives from Italy for the remainder of the season.” Winner of Rally Italia Sardegna in 2010, when the event was part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, Hänninen is eager to make a positive return behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC this weekend. Hänninen commented: “Rally Italia Sardegna is an event I know quite well, I have been there four times before and I won it back in 2010. It’s a demanding rally with warm weather and a lot of grip changes. Surface can be hard in some places and sandy and quite slippery in other places. It’s also very narrow which makes it very easy to make a mistake. We carefully prepared for this event and for sure we will do our best to help the team to get as much feedback as possible to develop the Hyundai i20 WRC.” On his first outing with the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, Paddon has clear goals for Rally Italia Sardegna alongside his compatriot co-driver. He said: “We’re delighted to be joining the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, it’s an incredible opportunity and I’ll work very hard to make the most of it. This will be my first time in Sardegna so I’ve been studying a lot of videos online to prepare for it. I know that the stages are narrow and twisty and there could be some rocks on the road so we need to keep out of trouble. Being my first event we will focus on getting to the finish and then, show progression on each throughout the season.” Celebrating its 10th edition this year, Rally Italia Sardegna moves from Olbia to the west coast town of Alghero where the Service Park and Rally Headquarters will be based. The event will kick off on Thursday 5 June with a Super Special Stage hosted in the island’s capital Cagliari followed by three gruelling days of competition divided into 17 stages. This year competitors will tackle 372km of special stages – including 75km of new roads compared to 2013. The main challenges of this year’s edition are the two runs through the massive 59.13km Monte Lerno stage, the longest in the Championship so far. Click here to view the news
  13. Hyundai i20 WRC makes its UK debut at 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed 300bhp WRC-spec Hyundai i20 to run on the famous Goodwood Hillclimb and the Forest Rally Stage twice daily Hyundai Motorsport’s Dani Sordo confirmed as driver in attendance Over the same weekend, Hyundai Shell World Rally Team to contend the FIA World Rally Championship at Rally Poland with Thierry Neuville and Juho Hänninen at the wheel. High Wycombe – Hyundai Motorsport will wow the crowds at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, with the first public outing of the Hyundai i20 WRC car in the UK.Driven by experienced WRC driver, Dani Sordo, the 300bhp Hyundai i20 WRC will be put through its paces on Goodwood’s principal attraction – the 1.16 mile HillClimb and the Forest Rally Stage twice daily from Friday, June 27-Sunday, June 29. Sordo, who has competed 3 times in the Hyundai i20 WRC so far in the 2014 WRC calendar and secured the young team’s maiden fastest stage times at Rally Portugal said: “I am delighted to be showcasing the Hyundai i20 WRC car to the crowds for the first time to the UK public at such an iconic event in the motorsports calendar. As a driver, it’s great to be a part of the Festival that celebrates the great and the good in motorsport and which engages with so many fans from across the globe. I will, however, be keeping a very close eye on my team mates, Thierry and Juho who will be battling it out in Rally Poland at the same time. I wish them and our team the best of luck.” Thierry Neuville and Juho Hanninen will be competing in the 7th round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship – Rally Poland – which returns to the WRC calendar after a five year absence. The rally, which will be based in Mikolajki, will feature a number of changes to existing stages and some completely new stages – some of them held in Lithuania - which will have no shortage of spectacular jumps and fast, flowing gravel routes. Click here to view the news
  14. Hyundai i20 WRC makes its UK debut at 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed 300bhp WRC-spec Hyundai i20 to run on the famous Goodwood Hillclimb and the Forest Rally Stage twice daily Hyundai Motorsport’s Dani Sordo confirmed as driver in attendance Over the same weekend, Hyundai Shell World Rally Team to contend the FIA World Rally Championship at Rally Poland with Thierry Neuville and Juho Hänninen at the wheel. High Wycombe – Hyundai Motorsport will wow the crowds at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, with the first public outing of the Hyundai i20 WRC car in the UK. Driven by experienced WRC driver, Dani Sordo, the 300bhp Hyundai i20 WRC will be put through its paces on Goodwood’s principal attraction – the 1.16 mile HillClimb and the Forest Rally Stage twice daily from Friday, June 27-Sunday, June 29. Sordo, who has competed 3 times in the Hyundai i20 WRC so far in the 2014 WRC calendar and secured the young team’s maiden fastest stage times at Rally Portugal said: “I am delighted to be showcasing the Hyundai i20 WRC car to the crowds for the first time to the UK public at such an iconic event in the motorsports calendar. As a driver, it’s great to be a part of the Festival that celebrates the great and the good in motorsport and which engages with so many fans from across the globe. I will, however, be keeping a very close eye on my team mates, Thierry and Juho who will be battling it out in Rally Poland at the same time. I wish them and our team the best of luck.” Thierry Neuville and Juho Hanninen will be competing in the 7th round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship – Rally Poland – which returns to the WRC calendar after a five year absence. The rally, which will be based in Mikolajki, will feature a number of changes to existing stages and some completely new stages – some of them held in Lithuania - which will have no shortage of spectacular jumps and fast, flowing gravel routes.
  15. Hyundai Motorsport will run three Hyundai i20 WRCs at Rally de Portugal next week marking the first time for the young team to enter three cars into a WRC event Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 WRC #7) and Juho Hänninen (Hyundai i20 WRC #8) will compete under the Hyundai Motorsport entry, while Dani Sordo will be behind the wheel of the #20 car entered by Hyundai Motorsport N The team tested in the Algarve region ahead of the event to prepare for the second of six consecutive gravel rounds in the WRC calendar. Alzenau, Germany - Fresh from scoring its maiden podium earlier this month at Rally Mexico, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is gearing up for the fourth round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship calendar, Rally de Portugal, which takes place next week. As the championship returns to Europe following its trip to Central America, Hyundai Motorsport will now run three Hyundai i20 WRC cars for the first time in a WRC event with the aim of accelerating its steep learning curve in the series. Thierry Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, who secured the triumphant podium in Mexico, will lead the three-car squad with the Hyundai i20 WRC #7, while Finnish duo Juho Hänninen and Tomi Tuominen will return to the wheel of the #8 car for the first time since Rally Sweden. Both crews will be eligible to score points for the Hyundai Motorsport entry. They will be joined by Spaniard Dani Sordo and his co-driver Marc Martí who will be entered under the recently announced ‘Hyundai Motorsport N’ team, driving the Hyundai i20 WRC #20. The team will also participate with Sordo in the Fafe Rally Sprint this weekend, the spectacular appetiser to the rally, held in the Fafe-Lameirinha stage near Porto. Based in the Algarve region in the south of the country, Rally de Portugal is considered the first traditional loose surface event of the season with its abrasive stages which combine fast and wide roads with more twisty, narrower sections and a frequent change of grip. These conditions require accurate preparation to approach the event in the best possible shape. In order to achieve this, Neuville, Hänninen, Sordo and the team took part in two separate pre-event test sessions in the region. Despite the significant boost in confidence to the entire team following the Mexican podium, the objectives for Rally Portugal remain the same as the previous three WRC events: to continue development of the Hyundai i20 WRC and to acquire more experience in the competitive WRC environment. Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “Our podium in Mexico was unexpected and a really good reward for everyone in the team, having worked so hard in recent months. However, we are back with our feet firmly on the ground and ready for the challenge of Rally de Portugal. We will have three Hyundai i20 WRC cars entered for the first time, which represents a good opportunity to get more feedback from the drivers and to add more mileage. The team has worked hard and done a great job once again to prepare for this rally. It was important for us to get this car built for Portugal because otherwise we would have had to wait until Italy, when we are next back in Europe, which would have lost valuable time. We have a good combination of drivers in Portugal with Thierry, Juho and Dani; each will bring their own skills and experience to help us in the continued development of the Hyundai i20 WRC. Portugal is not an easy event but we have prepared diligently with some positive testing in the region and we have seen that the Hyundai i20 WRC is reliable in those conditions. We are ready for this new challenge, although the weather remains an unpredictable but important factor to be considered.” With a unique mix of experience, speed and consistency, the three Hyundai Shell World Rally Team crews are eager to start the Portuguese round of the WRC with the prime objective of bringing their respective Hyundai i20 WRC cars to the finish on Sunday. Neuville commented: “Scoring a podium at Rally Mexico naturally gives us some extra confidence heading into Rally de Portugal. However, we know very well that this will be a totally different challenge. We need to be focussed at all times and help the team by getting to the finish on Sunday without any problems. We want to push a bit, of course, but the priority is to stay on the road so we can give the team as much information as possible, precisely the same goal we have had since the start of the season.” Hänninen said: “I’m really looking forward to Rally de Portugal, my first rally on gravel with the Hyundai i20 WRC. After doing a lot of testing with the team last year and some specific preparation for this event, I have quite a good feeling with the car and I think we have a good set-up for this rally. Of course the aim for the rally is still to finish without any problems but we would be very happy if we could set some good stage times and maybe even finish in a nice position.” Sordo commented: “I’m happy to be able to compete at Rally de Portugal; it’s an event I like a lot and where I have had some good results in the past. It’s also a very important event for the team as there will be three Hyundai i20 WRC cars for the first time. We tested for two days before the event but we have also the opportunity to do the Fafe Rally Sprint this weekend which will give me some more time in the car on loose surface.” Rally de Portugal will get underway on Thursday 3 April from the Casino Gardens in Estoril. Before returning to the Algarve Stadium Service Park for overnight break, competitors will tackle the traditional Super Special in the country’s capital city Lisbon. The weekend’s itinerary also includes the traditional stages held on the gravel roads of Algarve and Alentejo. Hyundai Motorsport will return to two cars for Rally Argentina in May with Neuville once again driving the Hyundai i20 WRC #7. The team can also confirm that Hänninen will drive the Hyundai i20 WRC #8 at the Villa Carlos Paz based event, partnering the young Belgian. Click here to view the news
  16. Hyundai Motorsport will run three Hyundai i20 WRCs at Rally de Portugal next week marking the first time for the young team to enter three cars into a WRC event Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 WRC #7) and Juho Hänninen (Hyundai i20 WRC #8) will compete under the Hyundai Motorsport entry, while Dani Sordo will be behind the wheel of the #20 car entered by Hyundai Motorsport N The team tested in the Algarve region ahead of the event to prepare for the second of six consecutive gravel rounds in the WRC calendar. Alzenau, Germany - Fresh from scoring its maiden podium earlier this month at Rally Mexico, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is gearing up for the fourth round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship calendar, Rally de Portugal, which takes place next week. As the championship returns to Europe following its trip to Central America, Hyundai Motorsport will now run three Hyundai i20 WRC cars for the first time in a WRC event with the aim of accelerating its steep learning curve in the series. Thierry Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, who secured the triumphant podium in Mexico, will lead the three-car squad with the Hyundai i20 WRC #7, while Finnish duo Juho Hänninen and Tomi Tuominen will return to the wheel of the #8 car for the first time since Rally Sweden. Both crews will be eligible to score points for the Hyundai Motorsport entry. They will be joined by Spaniard Dani Sordo and his co-driver Marc Martí who will be entered under the recently announced ‘Hyundai Motorsport N’ team, driving the Hyundai i20 WRC #20. The team will also participate with Sordo in the Fafe Rally Sprint this weekend, the spectacular appetiser to the rally, held in the Fafe-Lameirinha stage near Porto. Based in the Algarve region in the south of the country, Rally de Portugal is considered the first traditional loose surface event of the season with its abrasive stages which combine fast and wide roads with more twisty, narrower sections and a frequent change of grip. These conditions require accurate preparation to approach the event in the best possible shape. In order to achieve this, Neuville, Hänninen, Sordo and the team took part in two separate pre-event test sessions in the region. Despite the significant boost in confidence to the entire team following the Mexican podium, the objectives for Rally Portugal remain the same as the previous three WRC events: to continue development of the Hyundai i20 WRC and to acquire more experience in the competitive WRC environment. Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “Our podium in Mexico was unexpected and a really good reward for everyone in the team, having worked so hard in recent months. However, we are back with our feet firmly on the ground and ready for the challenge of Rally de Portugal. We will have three Hyundai i20 WRC cars entered for the first time, which represents a good opportunity to get more feedback from the drivers and to add more mileage. The team has worked hard and done a great job once again to prepare for this rally. It was important for us to get this car built for Portugal because otherwise we would have had to wait until Italy, when we are next back in Europe, which would have lost valuable time. We have a good combination of drivers in Portugal with Thierry, Juho and Dani; each will bring their own skills and experience to help us in the continued development of the Hyundai i20 WRC. Portugal is not an easy event but we have prepared diligently with some positive testing in the region and we have seen that the Hyundai i20 WRC is reliable in those conditions. We are ready for this new challenge, although the weather remains an unpredictable but important factor to be considered.” With a unique mix of experience, speed and consistency, the three Hyundai Shell World Rally Team crews are eager to start the Portuguese round of the WRC with the prime objective of bringing their respective Hyundai i20 WRC cars to the finish on Sunday. Neuville commented: “Scoring a podium at Rally Mexico naturally gives us some extra confidence heading into Rally de Portugal. However, we know very well that this will be a totally different challenge. We need to be focussed at all times and help the team by getting to the finish on Sunday without any problems. We want to push a bit, of course, but the priority is to stay on the road so we can give the team as much information as possible, precisely the same goal we have had since the start of the season.” Hänninen said: “I’m really looking forward to Rally de Portugal, my first rally on gravel with the Hyundai i20 WRC. After doing a lot of testing with the team last year and some specific preparation for this event, I have quite a good feeling with the car and I think we have a good set-up for this rally. Of course the aim for the rally is still to finish without any problems but we would be very happy if we could set some good stage times and maybe even finish in a nice position.” Sordo commented: “I’m happy to be able to compete at Rally de Portugal; it’s an event I like a lot and where I have had some good results in the past. It’s also a very important event for the team as there will be three Hyundai i20 WRC cars for the first time. We tested for two days before the event but we have also the opportunity to do the Fafe Rally Sprint this weekend which will give me some more time in the car on loose surface.” Rally de Portugal will get underway on Thursday 3 April from the Casino Gardens in Estoril. Before returning to the Algarve Stadium Service Park for overnight break, competitors will tackle the traditional Super Special in the country’s capital city Lisbon. The weekend’s itinerary also includes the traditional stages held on the gravel roads of Algarve and Alentejo. Hyundai Motorsport will return to two cars for Rally Argentina in May with Neuville once again driving the Hyundai i20 WRC #7. The team can also confirm that Hänninen will drive the Hyundai i20 WRC #8 at the Villa Carlos Paz based event, partnering the young Belgian.
  17. Hyundai Motorsport signs New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon to its WRC team Paddon and his co-driver John Kennard will drive a Hyundai i20 WRC car entered by Hyundai Motorsport N The 26-year-old will drive seven rounds of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship starting with Rally Italia Sardegna and including Rally Australia. Hyundai Motorsport has today revealed that New Zealander Hayden Paddon will join the team at selected rounds of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), starting with Rally Italia Sardegna in June. The 26-year-old will be flanked by his compatriot John Kennard and will be behind the wheel of a Hyundai i20 WRC which will be entered under a separate entry of Hyundai Motorsport N. The duo will join Hyundai Motorsport for seven rounds of its maiden championship including Rally Australia in September where they will join the main team’s drivers Thierry Neuville and Chris Atkinson, who has already been confirmed to drive the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC at that event. Paddon, who won the FIA Production car World Rally Championship in 2011, will have his first taste of the Hyundai i20 WRC in April. Currently residing in Frankfurt, the talented Kiwi is already familiar with the Alzenau-based team having visited the team’s factory recently. Although travelling independently, he will be wishing the team well when he attends Rally Mexico to recce the event. Paddon said: “I’m really proud to be joining Hyundai Motorsport for seven events of the FIA World Rally Championship this year. It is an incredible opportunity to be part of the team in these very exciting times. It’s a chance that we are ready for and are going to work very hard to make the most of to meet the targets and objectives and help the team continue to develop towards 2015. Same as the team, I am here to learn my way through WRC and to succeed in the end. It is also a fantastic opportunity for me to work and learn alongside some very experienced people within the team and of course the other drivers.” Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “As a manufacturer investing in the World Rally Championship, Hyundai Motorsport aims to support the champions of the future. For this reason we decided to engage one more car at selected WRC events under the entry Hyundai Motorsport N. Hayden is one of the very talented drivers on the WRC scene at the moment and we will support him as much as we can to reach the highest level possible. We are very pleased to welcome him and John to our WRC adventure and we look forward to seeing them in action at the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC in a couple of months’ time.”
  18. Hyundai Motorsport signs New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon to its WRC team Paddon and his co-driver John Kennard will drive a Hyundai i20 WRC car entered byHyundai Motorsport N The 26-year-old will drive seven rounds of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship starting with Rally Italia Sardegna and including Rally Australia. Hyundai Motorsport has today revealed that New Zealander Hayden Paddon will join the team at selected rounds of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), starting with Rally Italia Sardegna in June.The 26-year-old will be flanked by his compatriot John Kennard and will be behind the wheel of a Hyundai i20 WRC which will be entered under a separate entry of Hyundai Motorsport N. The duo will join Hyundai Motorsport for seven rounds of its maiden championship including Rally Australia in September where they will join the main team’s drivers Thierry Neuville and Chris Atkinson, who has already been confirmed to drive the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC at that event. Paddon, who won the FIA Production car World Rally Championship in 2011, will have his first taste of the Hyundai i20 WRC in April. Currently residing in Frankfurt, the talented Kiwi is already familiar with the Alzenau-based team having visited the team’s factory recently. Although travelling independently, he will be wishing the team well when he attends Rally Mexico to recce the event. Paddon said: “I’m really proud to be joining Hyundai Motorsport for seven events of the FIA World Rally Championship this year. It is an incredible opportunity to be part of the team in these very exciting times. It’s a chance that we are ready for and are going to work very hard to make the most of to meet the targets and objectives and help the team continue to develop towards 2015. Same as the team, I am here to learn my way through WRC and to succeed in the end. It is also a fantastic opportunity for me to work and learn alongside some very experienced people within the team and of course the other drivers.” Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “As a manufacturer investing in the World Rally Championship, Hyundai Motorsport aims to support the champions of the future. For this reason we decided to engage one more car at selected WRC events under the entry Hyundai Motorsport N. Hayden is one of the very talented drivers on the WRC scene at the moment and we will support him as much as we can to reach the highest level possible. We are very pleased to welcome him and John to our WRC adventure and we look forward to seeing them in action at the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC in a couple of months’ time.” Click here to view the news
  19. Hyundai Motorsport will enter three cars into Rally de Portugal in April Thierry Neuville and Juho Hänninen will be nominated to score points for the Hyundai Motorsport entry, while Spaniard Dani Sordo will participate in the event with a third car The team also confirmed its participation in the Fafe Rally Sprint ahead of Rally de Portugal. Alzenau, GermanyEager to accelerate its learning curve in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Hyundai Motorsport has today announced that three Hyundai i20 WRC cars will be entered into Rally de Portugal, round four of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, in April. The team’s lead driver Thierry Neuville will continue in his role behind the wheel of the #7 car, whilst Finn Juho Hänninen will drive the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC after a promising performance at Rally Sweden earlier this month. After his debut for the team at Monte-Carlo back in January, Neuville and Hänninen will be joined on the Portuguese event by Spaniard Dani Sordo driving the Hyundai i20 WRC #20. The Alzenau-based team has also announced its participation in the Fafe Rally Sprint, the now traditional event organised as a precursor to Rally de Portugal. The one-day event will be held on Saturday 29th March at the iconic Fafe-Lameirinha stage – which was part of the classic Rally de Portugal – and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “Having three cars at Rally de Portugal will be very positive for us and it will allow us to continue our data collection and to accumulate more mileage in our debut WRC season. I think we have a good line-up for Portugal with Thierry, Juho and Dani – each of them will bring their experience and will give us their own unique feedback which will help us in the continuous development of the Hyundai i20 WRC. Thierry’s level of performance combined with Juho’s skills on gravel and Dani’s experience and excellent track record at Rally de Portugal make them a very good choice for the event,” he said. “We are also very happy to take part in the Fafe Rally Sprint the weekend before Rally de Portugal. Of course, this will be a very warm-up for the event but it’s also a fantastic occasion for hundreds of thousands fans gather to see their WRC heroes in action on one of most famed stages in the history of the World Rally Championship,” he concluded. Click here to view the news
  20. Hyundai Motorsport will enter three cars into Rally de Portugal in April Thierry Neuville and Juho Hänninen will be nominated to score points for the Hyundai Motorsport entry, while Spaniard Dani Sordo will participate in the event with a third car The team also confirmed its participation in the Fafe Rally Sprint ahead of Rally de Portugal. Alzenau, Germany Eager to accelerate its learning curve in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Hyundai Motorsport has today announced that three Hyundai i20 WRC cars will be entered into Rally de Portugal, round four of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, in April. The team’s lead driver Thierry Neuville will continue in his role behind the wheel of the #7 car, whilst Finn Juho Hänninen will drive the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC after a promising performance at Rally Sweden earlier this month. After his debut for the team at Monte-Carlo back in January, Neuville and Hänninen will be joined on the Portuguese event by Spaniard Dani Sordo driving the Hyundai i20 WRC #20. The Alzenau-based team has also announced its participation in the Fafe Rally Sprint, the now traditional event organised as a precursor to Rally de Portugal. The one-day event will be held on Saturday 29th March at the iconic Fafe-Lameirinha stage – which was part of the classic Rally de Portugal – and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “Having three cars at Rally de Portugal will be very positive for us and it will allow us to continue our data collection and to accumulate more mileage in our debut WRC season. I think we have a good line-up for Portugal with Thierry, Juho and Dani – each of them will bring their experience and will give us their own unique feedback which will help us in the continuous development of the Hyundai i20 WRC. Thierry’s level of performance combined with Juho’s skills on gravel and Dani’s experience and excellent track record at Rally de Portugal make them a very good choice for the event,” he said. “We are also very happy to take part in the Fafe Rally Sprint the weekend before Rally de Portugal. Of course, this will be a very warm-up for the event but it’s also a fantastic occasion for hundreds of thousands fans gather to see their WRC heroes in action on one of most famed stages in the history of the World Rally Championship,” he concluded.
  21. The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has ended its second WRC event in a positive manner with both cars completing the rally and the team scoring its first WRC manufacturer points Rally 2 regulations allowed Thierry Neuville and Juho Hänninen to rejoin the rally after a tough Friday but both drivers were on strong pace on the final day Neuville took second position in SS19 (Vargåsen 1) while Hänninen claimed the prestigious Colin’s Crest Award for longest jump in the stage – 36m Karlstad, SwedenThe Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has finished Rally Sweden with a flourish today, bringing both of its cars to the end of the rally, making the most of Rally 2 regulations to add valuable mileage and experience in the team’s second WRC event. In the process, the team has claimed eight WRC manufacturer points, opening its points tally. Following a disappointing Friday, in which the Hyundai i20 WRC cars of Thierry Neuville (#7, co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul) and Juho Hänninen (#8, co-driver Tomi Tuominen) were forced to retire after coming into contact with rocks during the stage, today’s concluding stages once again demonstrated promising performance potential from the new team. Although SS21 (Hara 2) was cancelled, the remaining seven stages of the final day offered the team the opportunity to continue its learning in the challenging Swedish conditions and its understanding of the i20 WRC cars in competitive conditions. The team was not focussed on stage times but still derived satisfaction from Neuville finishing runner-up in two stages this week (Thursday’s SS5 and today’s SS19). He had a solid end to his second rally with Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, despite a puncture in SS23 adding some last minute pressure. Neuville said: “It’s been a long weekend for all of the team but one which I am sure will benefit us in the long term. We have made the absolute most out of every stage possible in order to add more experience and to learn as much as we can. We have discovered many positive things on the Hyundai i20 WRC car and I am becoming more and more confident in the cockpit all the time. It is naturally sad that we were unable to complete the day yesterday but we have to live with that. We used the Rally 2 to continue today, which meant a big time penalty, but never gave up, even when we had a puncture in the penultimate stage. We have been quick on some of the stages, and were close runners-up on two occasions this week, which shows great work from the team and a lot of potential for the future. I think we will look back positively on Sweden as a key rally in our ongoing development.” Another positive aspect from the team’s final day was Hänninen being awarded the prestigious Colin’s Crest Award for longest jump, after the Finn launched his Hyundai i20 WRC 36 metres off the famous Vargåsen jump. Hänninen enjoyed a string of competitive stages today and moved himself up into the top 20 overall despite his 25 minute penalty from using Rally 2. Hänninen said: “It has been a very productive event for us and I think we can hold our heads high after our performance in these tricky conditions. I made a mistake yesterday and damaged the car, which forced us to retire, but thanks to Rally 2 we have been able to compete today. We have learned a lot of things and gained lots of experience and that is the reason why we are here. The Hyundai i20 WRC has a very strong base and I am confident that we can go faster with this car in the future. I did a massive jump at Colin’s Crest today, 36m, so that shows that the car is definitely strong. The team has done a great job and it’s been a privilege to be part of Rally Sweden with Hyundai.” The important mileage completed today vindicated the team’s decision to continue competing in Sweden under Rally 2 regulations after yesterday’s collisions. The team has worked diligently to ensure the two Hyundai i20 WRC cars finished the event and will undoubtedly use this experience to prepare for the next round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Mexico in one month’s time. Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “Overall we have had a tough but generally positive week here in Sweden. We knew that our approach to compete in WRC and do our learning in a very public manner would be challenging so it was just important for us to finish the rally with both cars. We are pleased to have achieved this, even though we had to use Rally 2. We didn’t have much luck yesterday with both cars hitting solid rocks, and we had further drama this afternoon when Thierry suffered a puncture, but this is part of our learning. We have seen some good times from both crews. Thierry set a couple of second best stage times and Juho won the iconic Colin’s Crest Award. This was not the target of our weekend but we are very pleased to take them away with us. These are definitely good indicators for the future. In just our second rally, I feel we are getting more confident as a team, and the guys should be proud with all they have achieved in Sweden.” Overall Final Classification J.M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 3:00:31.1 A. Mikkelsen / M. Markkula (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +53.6 M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +59.5 M. Hirvonen / J. Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:26.9 O. Tanak / R. Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +3:00.5 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkwagen Polo R WRC) +4:29.9 H. Solberg / I. Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:47.5 P. Tidemand / O. Fløene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +5:38.2 C. Breen / S. Martin (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +8:55.4 K. Meeke / P. Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC) +11:18.0 19. J. Hänninen / T. Tuominen (Hyundai i20 WRC) +26:41.028. T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +49:28.2 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings J.M. Latvala 40 / S. Ogier 35/ M. Østberg 30 / A. Mikkelsen 24 / B. Bouffier 18 / C. Meeke 17 / M.Hirvonen 13 / O. Tanak 10 / E. Evans 8 / H. Solberg 6 / J. Melicharek 4 / P. Tidemand 4 / M. Gamba 2 / C. Breen 2 / J. Protasov 1 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings Volkswagen Motorsport 72 / Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 56 / Volkswagen Motorsport II 26 / M-Sport World Rally Team 22 / Hyundai Motorsport 8 / RK M-Sport World Rally Team 4 All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation Click here to view the news
  22. The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has ended its second WRC event in a positive manner with both cars completing the rally and the team scoring its first WRC manufacturer points Rally 2 regulations allowed Thierry Neuville and Juho Hänninen to rejoin the rally after a tough Friday but both drivers were on strong pace on the final day Neuville took second position in SS19 (Vargåsen 1) while Hänninen claimed the prestigious Colin’s Crest Award for longest jump in the stage – 36m Karlstad, Sweden The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has finished Rally Sweden with a flourish today, bringing both of its cars to the end of the rally, making the most of Rally 2 regulations to add valuable mileage and experience in the team’s second WRC event. In the process, the team has claimed eight WRC manufacturer points, opening its points tally. Following a disappointing Friday, in which the Hyundai i20 WRC cars of Thierry Neuville (#7, co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul) and Juho Hänninen (#8, co-driver Tomi Tuominen) were forced to retire after coming into contact with rocks during the stage, today’s concluding stages once again demonstrated promising performance potential from the new team. Although SS21 (Hara 2) was cancelled, the remaining seven stages of the final day offered the team the opportunity to continue its learning in the challenging Swedish conditions and its understanding of the i20 WRC cars in competitive conditions. The team was not focussed on stage times but still derived satisfaction from Neuville finishing runner-up in two stages this week (Thursday’s SS5 and today’s SS19). He had a solid end to his second rally with Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, despite a puncture in SS23 adding some last minute pressure. Neuville said: “It’s been a long weekend for all of the team but one which I am sure will benefit us in the long term. We have made the absolute most out of every stage possible in order to add more experience and to learn as much as we can. We have discovered many positive things on the Hyundai i20 WRC car and I am becoming more and more confident in the cockpit all the time. It is naturally sad that we were unable to complete the day yesterday but we have to live with that. We used the Rally 2 to continue today, which meant a big time penalty, but never gave up, even when we had a puncture in the penultimate stage. We have been quick on some of the stages, and were close runners-up on two occasions this week, which shows great work from the team and a lot of potential for the future. I think we will look back positively on Sweden as a key rally in our ongoing development.” Another positive aspect from the team’s final day was Hänninen being awarded the prestigious Colin’s Crest Award for longest jump, after the Finn launched his Hyundai i20 WRC 36 metres off the famous Vargåsen jump. Hänninen enjoyed a string of competitive stages today and moved himself up into the top 20 overall despite his 25 minute penalty from using Rally 2. Hänninen said: “It has been a very productive event for us and I think we can hold our heads high after our performance in these tricky conditions. I made a mistake yesterday and damaged the car, which forced us to retire, but thanks to Rally 2 we have been able to compete today. We have learned a lot of things and gained lots of experience and that is the reason why we are here. The Hyundai i20 WRC has a very strong base and I am confident that we can go faster with this car in the future. I did a massive jump at Colin’s Crest today, 36m, so that shows that the car is definitely strong. The team has done a great job and it’s been a privilege to be part of Rally Sweden with Hyundai.” The important mileage completed today vindicated the team’s decision to continue competing in Sweden under Rally 2 regulations after yesterday’s collisions. The team has worked diligently to ensure the two Hyundai i20 WRC cars finished the event and will undoubtedly use this experience to prepare for the next round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Mexico in one month’s time. Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “Overall we have had a tough but generally positive week here in Sweden. We knew that our approach to compete in WRC and do our learning in a very public manner would be challenging so it was just important for us to finish the rally with both cars. We are pleased to have achieved this, even though we had to use Rally 2. We didn’t have much luck yesterday with both cars hitting solid rocks, and we had further drama this afternoon when Thierry suffered a puncture, but this is part of our learning. We have seen some good times from both crews. Thierry set a couple of second best stage times and Juho won the iconic Colin’s Crest Award. This was not the target of our weekend but we are very pleased to take them away with us. These are definitely good indicators for the future. In just our second rally, I feel we are getting more confident as a team, and the guys should be proud with all they have achieved in Sweden.” Overall Final Classification J.M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 3:00:31.1 A. Mikkelsen / M. Markkula (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +53.6 M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +59.5 M. Hirvonen / J. Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:26.9 O. Tanak / R. Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +3:00.5 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkwagen Polo R WRC) +4:29.9 H. Solberg / I. Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:47.5 P. Tidemand / O. Fløene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +5:38.2 C. Breen / S. Martin (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +8:55.4 K. Meeke / P. Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC) +11:18.0 19. J. Hänninen / T. Tuominen (Hyundai i20 WRC) +26:41.0 28. T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +49:28.2 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings J.M. Latvala 40 / S. Ogier 35/ M. Østberg 30 / A. Mikkelsen 24 / B. Bouffier 18 / C. Meeke 17 / M.Hirvonen 13 / O. Tanak 10 / E. Evans 8 / H. Solberg 6 / J. Melicharek 4 / P. Tidemand 4 / M. Gamba 2 / C. Breen 2 / J. Protasov 1 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings Volkswagen Motorsport 72 / Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 56 / Volkswagen Motorsport II 26 / M-Sport World Rally Team 22 / Hyundai Motorsport 8 / RK M-Sport World Rally Team 4 All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation
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