Hyundai Motorsport conquered the sixth podium result in Chile
- Hyundai Motorsport has claimed a podium finish in the first-ever round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) to take place in Chile.
- Sébastien Loeb scored his maiden podium in Hyundai Motorsport colours, completing a strong weekend in third place overall after a close battle with Sébastien Ogier.
- Andreas Mikkelsen secured manufacturers’ championship points for his seventh place after Thierry Neuville was unable to finish the rally following his Saturday accident.
13 May 2019 - Hyundai Motorsport has taken its sixth individual podium result of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
Hyundai Motorsport has taken its sixth individual podium result with Sébastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena claiming third position after an exciting battle with Sébastien Ogier.
Loeb’s first podium for Hyundai Motorsport was hard-earned and well deserved as he continually improved his pace and performance throughout the weekend. Moving up from eighth place at the end of Friday’s opening stage, the Frenchman emerged as a credible threat to second-placed Ogier on the final morning.
Sunday’s itinerary covered the 14.41km Bio Bio, 18.06km Lircay, and 15.28km San Nicolas stages. Bio Bio was repeated after regroup & technical zone as the Power Stage.
Andreas Mikkelsen finished in seventh place, scoring a few manufacturer points, but it was a contrasting weekend for the Norwegian after his podium finish in Argentina. Thierry Neuville could not participate in the rally on Sunday following his crash on Saturday’s SS8 (Maria Las Cruces). He will return at Rally de Portugal in a few weeks’ time.
The Rally Chile result sees a change at the top of the drivers’ classification with the non-scoring Neuville dropping down to third position, with a 12-point deficit to Ogier and two points to Ott Tänak. Overall, Hyundai Motorsport continues to lead the way with a strong advantage of 29 points.
Crew Notes: Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (#19 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- First podium result as a Hyundai Motorsport crew
- Move up into top-six of the 2019 drivers’ championship
Crew Notes: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger-Amland (#89 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Finished in seventh place after aggressive pace notes
- Supported the team’s push for manufacturer points
- The WRC’s gravel challenges continue at round 7, Rally de Portugal, that takes place from May 30-June 2.
- Team returns to Europe after the South American double-header, all eager to fight for victory as the season reaches its halfway point.
Final Overall Classification – Tour de Corse
- 1. O. Tänak / M. Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC) 3:15:53.8
- 2. S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Citroën C3 WRC) +23.1
- 3. S. Loeb / D. Elena (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +30.2
- 4. E. Evans / S. Martin (Ford Fiesta WRC) +1:36.7
- 5. T. Suninen / M. Salminen (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3:15.6
- 6. E. Lappi / J. Ferm (Citroën C3 WRC) +3:45.4
- 7. A. Mikkelsen / A. Jæger-Amland (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +4:39.0
- 8. K. Meeke / S. Marshall (Toyota Yaris WRC) +7:33.4
- 9. K. Rovanperä / J. Halttunen (Škoda Fabia R5) +7:52.5
- 10. M. Østberg / T. Eriksen (Citroën C3 R5) +8:16.1
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings
After round 6
- 1. S. Ogier 122
- 2. O. Tanak 112
- 3. T. Neuville 110
- 4. K. Meeke 59
- 5. E. Evans 55
- 6. S. Loeb 39
- 7. A. Mikkelsen 36
- 8. E. Lappi 34
- 9. J.M. Latvala 32
- 10. T. Suninen 30
- 11. D. Sordo 26
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings
After round 6
- 1. Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team 178
- 2. Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team 149
- 3. Citroën Total World Rally Team 143
- 4. M-Sport Ford World Rally Team 100
All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.