Hyundai Motorsport celebrates fourth victory in Rally de España
- Hyundai Motorsport has taken victory and third place in Rally de España, the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
- Thierry Neuville claimed his third win of the season with Dani Sordo finishing in third place taking 40 valuable manufacturer points for the team
- Sébastien Loeb finished the rally in fourth after a competitive weekend for Hyundai Motorsport in which the team scored 11 stage wins across all three crews.
28 October 2019 - Hyundai Motorsport has secured a 1-3 finish in Rally de España to increase its lead in the FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers’ battle to 18 points with one round of the season remaining.
It is the team’s fourth victory of the season (following Corsica, Argentina and Sardinia) and its first-ever in Spain.
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul secured their first victory since Rally Argentina with an emphatic performance in their Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. The Belgians’ third win of 2019, and their 12th in total for Hyundai Motorsport, rounded out an extremely competitive weekend in Spain for the team.
Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio finished in third place, pipped only by Ott Tänak in the Power Stage, to score Hyundai’s third double podium of the season. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena secured fourth after the 17 special stages. The result marks Sordo’s second top-three finish of 2019, his tenth in total for the team, and his first home podium since finishing second in 2016.
Two gravel stages – Riudecanyes (16.35km) and La Mussara (20.72km) - were each repeated on the final day, with close battles going right down to the Power Stage. Neuville picked up his fifth stage win of the weekend in the first pass of Riudecanyes, while Sordo set the fastest time in the subsequent two stages. All three Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team crews took stage wins in Spain, a total of 11, underscoring the pace and performance of the car on gravel and tarmac.
Taking 40 points for first and third positions, Hyundai Motorsport has built up an 18-point advantage in the manufacturers’ championship with 43 available at the final round in Australia (November 14-17). Unfortunately, victory wasn’t enough for Neuville to keep his drivers’ title hopes alive, with Ott Tänak securing the title in Spain. The Belgian has, however, moved up to second place on 227 points.
Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Belgians’ third victory of 2019 and the team’s first Rally de España win
- Five stage wins over the weekend across gravel and tarmac
Crew Notes: Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Two stage wins on final morning secured third place
- Sordo’s second podium of the season, following Sardinia victory
Crew Notes: Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (#19 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Led the rally at the end of Friday after three stage wins
- Successfully defended fourth place on Sunday
- Rally Australia will bring the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) to its conclusion in three weeks’ time
- The 14th and final round of the season takes place from November 14-17, based once again at Coffs Harbour
Final Overall Classification – Rally de España
- 1 T. Neuville N. Gilsoul / Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 3:07:39.6
- 2 O. Tänak M. Järveoja / Toyota Yaris WRC +17.2
- 3 D. Sordo C. del Barrio / Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +17.6
- 4 S. Loeb D. Elena / Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +53.9
- 5 J.M Latvala M. Anttila / Toyota Yaris WRC +1:00.2
- 6 E. Evans S. Martin / Ford Fiesta WRC +1:14.2
- 7 T. Suninen J. Lehtinen / Ford Fiesta WRC +1.47.6
- 8 S. Ogier J. Ingrassia / Citroën C3 WRC +4:20.5
- 9 M. Østberg T. Eriksen / Citroën C3 R5 +8:24.6
- 10 E. Camilli B. Veillas / Citroën C3 R5 +8:47.2
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings | After round 13
- 1 Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team 380
- 2 Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team 362
- 3 Citroën Total World Rally Team 284
- 4 M-Sport Ford World Rally Team 218
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings | After round 13
- 1 O. Tanak 263
- 2 T. Neuville 227
- 3 S. Ogier 217
- 4 A. Mikkelsen 102
- 5 E. Evans 102
- 6 K. Meeke 98
- 7 J.M Latvala 94
- 8 D. Sordo 89
- 9 T. Suninen 89
- 10 E. Lappi 83
- 11 S.Loeb 51
All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.