Wales Rally GB preview
- Hyundai Motorsport returns to the gravel roads of Wales Rally GB for round twelve of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season
- Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul and Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger-Amland will be joined by Craig Breen/Paul Nagle in the trio of Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC cars
- The team expects to strengthen its current 19-point lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship with three rallies of the 2019 season remaining.
27 September 2019 - Hyundai is aiming to reinforce its championship aspirations at Wales Rally GB, round twelve of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, as it seeks a strong all-round performance on the gravel roads.
A gruelling Rally Turkey saw the team add a tenth podium result to its season total, increasing its lead in the manufacturers’ standings to 19 points. There are still 129 points up for grabs in the final three rounds of the championship, making the Welsh rally another important weekend in the extremely competitive title chase.
The Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC coped well with the rigours of the rough Turkish roads as all crews secured stage wins across a turbulent weekend. The 75th running of Wales Rally GB will offer another stern test; the rally is famed for its unpredictable conditions, inconsistent grip levels and tree-lined forest routes.
This year’s rally sees the return of the Oulton Park stage after 26 years as the event’s opening spectacle, based in Liverpool. Once back in Wales, operating from the new Service Park location of Llandudno, crews will compete on more familiar terrain, but it won’t be without its difficulties. Friday’s second Aberhirnant stage will be run in night-time conditions, while Saturday’s schedule covers over 150km with no luxury of lunchtime service.
Hyundai Motorsport will field a three-crew line-up of Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul, Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger-Amland and the return of Irishmen Craig Breen/Paul Nagle after their strong outing at Rally Finland in early August. All three crews have had the opportunity to test the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC on gravel ahead of Wales Rally GB, so will be raring to fight at the front.
Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Belgian holds third place in the drivers’ standings, 30 points adrift of the lead
- Finished second in Wales Rally GB in 2017
Crew Notes: Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jæger-Amland (#89 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Moved up to fourth in the drivers’ classification with third place in Turkey
- Wales Rally GB represents an important event for the Norwegian crew
Crew Notes: Craig Breen/Paul Nagle (#42 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Irish crew returns to Hyundai Motorsport after an encouraging Rally Finland performance.
- Target of supporting the team’s manufacturers’ push
Weekend at a glance
- 22 stages run over a competitive distance of 309.76km
- After the ceremonial start in Liverpool on Thursday, Oulton Park race circuit returns to the itinerary for the first time in 26 years to host the event’s opening 3.58km stage
- Nine stages based in the mountains of Snowdonia on Friday cover 116,52km
- Saturday is the rally’s longest day with seven stages totalling a distance of 151.24km
- Five stages on Sunday bring Wales Rally GB to a close including the Brenig Power Stage.
Hyundai Motorsport Crews' Info