Hyundai Motorsport Preview: Round 5 – Argentina
- Hyundai Motorsport heads overseas for back-to-back WRC events in South America, starting with Rally Argentina, the fifth round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship
- Following victory at Tour de Corse, the team leads the manufacturers’ standings on 114 points with Thierry Neuville at the head of the drivers’ classification
- Andreas Mikkelsen returns to the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC for Rally Argentina with Dani Sordo completing the trio of crews.
18 April 2019 - Hyundai Motorsport has its sights set on victory as the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) moves overseas to Argentina for the first of two consecutive events in South America.
Rally Argentina will see crews return to tough gravel stages with soft and sandy roads in the valleys contrasting with rockier, punishing stages high up in the mountains. The event is popular with crews and fans alike with around a million spectators lining the routes to cheer on their WRC heroes.
Hyundai Motorsport has enjoyed plenty of support and success in recent years, having taken back-to-back victories in Argentina in 2016 (Hayden Paddon) and 2017 (Thierry Neuville), as well as a double podium last season (Neuville second and Dani Sordo third).
The team heads to Argentina following a dramatic victory at Tour de Corse at the end of March, in which Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul sealed a last-gasp win. The result has sent Hyundai Motorsport to the top of the WRC manufacturers’ standings on 114 points, and gives Neuville a slender lead in the drivers’ table after four rounds.
Rally Argentina sees Andreas Mikkelsen return to the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC alongside co-driver Anders Jæger-Amland. Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio will complete the three-crew Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team line-up. With testing prohibited outside of Europe, all three crews tested in the north of Portugal in preparation for this event – as well as the following round in Chile.
Crew Notes: Neuville/Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Championship leader heads to Argentina following victory in Tour de Corse
- Winner of Rally Argentina in 2017 and runner-up in 2018
Crew Notes: Mikkelsen/Jæger-Amland (#89 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Norwegians aiming to show gravel pace after impressing in Mexico
- Finished fifth in Argentina in the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC last season
Crew Notes: Sordo/Del Barrio (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Spaniards claimed their best result of the season in Corsica
- Scored third place in Argentina twelve months ago
About the rally
- Rally Argentina consists of 18 special stages run over a distance of nearly 350km.
- A shakedown and opening super special in Villa Carlos Paz gets the rally underway on Thursday before moving onto the fast and sandy gravel of Calamuchita Valley on Friday. A repeat loop of three stages – Las Bajadas/Villa del Dique, Amboy/Yacanto, Santa Rosa/San Agustin – will be split by a short lunchtime super special.
- Saturday’s action centres in the Punilla Valley with a similar structure. A trio of stages – Tanti-Mataderos, Mataderos-Cuchilla Nevada and Cuchilla Nevada-Characato – will be run twice with the 6.04km super special in the middle.
- Sunday’s itinerary ventures up high into the Traslasierra Mountains for popular and iconic tests including Copina-El Condor and Mina Clavero-Giulio Cesare. A second run through El Condor will act as the rally-concluding Power Stage.
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