Spectacular start to 2019 WRC for Hyundai Motorsport
- Hyundai Motorsport has made a spectacular start to the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), fighting for victory in an epic Rallye Monte-Carlo
- Thierry Neuville took the battle down to the wire, ending up just 2.2-seconds from eventual rally winner Sébastien Ogier after a gripping Power Stage
- Sébastien Loeb, in his first rally for Hyundai Motorsport, claimed a fighting fourth having been in podium contention all weekend.
27 January 2019 - In a thrilling start to the new 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Hyundai Motorsport was involved in a high-octane charge for victory at Rallye Monte-Carlo with Thierry Neuville.
In a thrilling start to the new 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Hyundai Motorsport was involved in a high-octane charge for victory at Rallye Monte-Carlo with Thierry Neuville finishing in a close second place behind Citroën’s Sébastien Ogier.
The closest ever Monte-Carlo rally went right down to the wire with Neuville extracting maximum performance from his Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC alongside co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul. After 300km, just 2.2-seconds separated the top-two, a sensational start to a new championship.
For Hyundai Motorsport, a fighting fourth place finish for Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena in their first rally with the team underscored a positive opening weekend. Despite just one day of testing prior to the rally, the crew claimed two stage wins and were firmly in the podium hunt.
Sunday’s itinerary included two runs through the 18.41km La Bollène-Vésubie – Peira Cava (SS13/15) and 13.58km La Cabanette – Col de Braus stages (SS14/16), the latter being run as the Power Stage. Neuville claimed his third stage win of the rally in SS15, taking the team’s total for the weekend to five, and scored three extra points in a captivating Power Stage.
It was a fantastic start to the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) for Hyundai Motorsport, as the team took an early lead in the manufacturers’ championship with 30 points.
Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger-Amland also impressed during the weekend, pushing hard for a podium on Saturday morning, prior to their untimely retirement. It was an encouraging performance for the Norwegians with plenty of positives to take onto Rally Sweden.
Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Second place represents Belgian crew’s best Monte-Carlo result
- Three stage wins over the weekend and three Power Stage points
Crew Notes: Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (#19 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Podium contenders all weekend in first event for Hyundai Motorsport
- Fourth places helps propel team to top of the manufacturers'table
New season off to a flyer
- Team’s 44th podium in WRC and second in Monte-Carlo
- Early lead in manufacturers’ championship after first of 14 rounds
Final Overall Classification – Rallye Monte-Carlo
|1||S.Ogier / J.Ingrassia||Citroën C3 WRC||3:21:15.9|
|2||T.Neuville / N.Gilsoul||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+2.2|
|3||O.Tänak / M.Järveoja||Toyota Yaris WRC||+2:15.2|
|4||S.Loeb / D.Elena||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+2:28.2|
|5||J.M Latvala / M.Anttila||Toyota Yaris WRC||+2:29.9|
|6||K.Meeke / S.Marshall||Toyota Yaris WRC||+5:36.2|
|7||G.Greensmith / E.Edmondson||Ford Fiesta R5||+13:04.6|
|8||Y.Bonato / B.Boulloud||Citroën C3 R5||+13:56.5|
|9||S.Sarrazin / J.J Renucci||Hyundai i20 R5||+14:06.8|
|10||A.Fourmaux / R.Jamoul||Ford Fiesta R5||+16:03.4|
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers' Standings After round 1
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers' Standings After round 1
|1||Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team||30|
|2||Citroën Total World Rally Team||25|
|3||Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team||25|
|4||M-Sport Ford World Rally Team||14|
All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.