Hyundai Motor secures important points at Rallye México
- Hyundai Motorsport has concluded Rally México with Thierry Neuville in fourth overall, Dani Sordo in ninth, and Andreas Mikkelsen in 11th place.
- Sordo obtained important manufacturer points for a top-ten finish, having fought for the rally lead earlier in the weekend.
- Neuville and Sordo both added extra points to their respective drivers’ championship totals with solid runs to third and fourth in the Power Stage.
12 March 2019 - Hyundai Motorsport has added essential points to its FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ total.
Hyundai Motorsport has added essential points to its FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ total. These points resulted in Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo scoring for their respective fourth and ninth place finishes in Rally México.
Sunday’s itinerary included the 21km Alfaro test, the 25.07km Mesa Cuata stage (including large sections of the El Chocolate route), as well as the rally-ending 10.72km Las Minas Power Stage.
There was little drama on the final day with all crews focused on bringing home as many points as possible after a learning weekend for the team.
Neuville used the final three stages to cement a hard-fought fourth position. The result concluded a tough event for the Belgian, which was dictated by a slow puncture on Friday morning, and an unfavourable road position throughout the event.
Neuville and Sordo both added extra points to their individual championship totals for finishing third and fourth in the Power Stage.
Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Two wins in the V-Power Shell Stage in the Belgians’ 100th WRC event
- Fourth place and three Power Stage points added to their championship tally
Crew Notes: Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Spaniards’ first WRC event of 2019 hampered by Friday retirement
- Fought for rally lead and showed front-running potential, including two Power Stage points
Crew Notes: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger-Amland (#89 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Three stage wins over the weekend proved Norwegians potential in Mexico
- Rally leaders on Friday frustrated to forfeit front-running position
- The first complete tarmac rally of the 2019 season, Tour de Corse, will take place March 28-31
- Hyundai Motorsport will field a three-crew line-up with Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul, Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio and Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena.
Final Overall Classification – Rally México
|1||S. Ogier||J. Ingrassia||Citroën C3 WRC||3:37:08.0|
|2||O. Tänak||M. Järveoja||Toyota Yaris WRC||+30.2|
|3||E. Evans||S. Martin||Ford Fiesta WRC||+49.9|
|4||T. Neuville||N. Gilsoul||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+1:27.0|
|5||K. Meeke||S. Marshall||Toyota Yaris WRC||+6:06.2|
|6||B. Guerra||J. Zapata||Škoda Fabia R5||+15:35.5|
|7||M. Bulacia||F. Cretu||Škoda Fabia R5||+18:51.5|
|8||J.M Latvala||M. Anttila||Toyota Yaris WRC||+18:55.9|
|9||D. Sordo||C. del Barrio||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+22:44.1|
|10||R. Triviño||M. Martí||Škoda Fabia R5||+26:21.7|
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings After round 3
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings After round 3
|1||Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team||86|
|2||Citroën Total World Rally Team||78|
|3||Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team||77|
|4||M-Sport Ford World Rally Team||45|
All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.