Hyundai Motorsport celebrates second consecutive WRC manufacturers’ title | Hyundai N
- Hyundai Motorsport has secured its second consecutive FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ title following a double podium result in Rally Monza*
- Second place for Ott Tänak and third for Dani Sordo allowed the team to win the title by five points after successfully tackling tricky conditions in Italy this weekend
- The team concluded its title-winning year with three victories, 11 individual podiums, two 1-2 results and all five of its crews taking top-three results in the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.
6 December 2020 - Hyundai Motorsport has claimed its second consecutive FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ title* with a double podium result in Rally Monza, the season finale.
Ott Tänak finished a challenging weekend in second place with Dani Sordo in third.
In one of the most demanding and eventful rallies of the season, with wet and often wintry conditions dominating the stages, Hyundai Motorsport scored 33 points to secure its second title with a five-point margin.
A rollercoaster rally saw the overall classification change stage by stage, making for a dramatic and exciting end to a season which has been heavily disrupted by external influences. Three stages remained on Sunday morning - a third run through the 10.31km Grand Prix and a repeat of the longer 14.97 Serraglio test - with crews focused on a trouble-free finish.
Tänak and co-driver Martin Järveoja moved up to second place on the opening stage, swapping places with Sordo and Carlos del Barrio. Although neither crew was pushing for positions, they continued to exchange places until the Power Stage with the Estonians edging slightly ahead of their Spanish team-mates.
Thierry Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul were forced to retire from the rally in exceptionally tricky conditions on the opening day and did not re-join. It was an unrepresentative end to the season for the Belgian crew, who opened their 2020 account with victory in Monte-Carlo back in January.
Following one of the team’s most emotional wins, further podiums would follow at curtailed events in Sweden and Mexico, with Tänak and Järveoja claiming their first trophies for Hyundai Motorsport.
During the enforced lockdown period, as the world collectively tackled the COVID-19 pandemic, the team continued to work tirelessly under ‘home office’ regulations to identify and implement important improvements to its technical package.
When the season resumed at the brand-new Rally Estonia, it was home heroes Tänak and Järveoja who took the advantage, leading a 1-2 result ahead of team-mates Craig Breen and Paul Nagle. Closing the gap in the title hunt, a reinvigorated Hyundai Motorsport continued to show impressive pace on the notoriously harsh gravel roads of Rally Turkey, adding another double podium finish.
The team demonstrated its title credentials in Sardinia by taking another 1-2, with Sordo and Del Barrio scoring their second victory for the team, repeating their success from 2019. The result propelled Hyundai Motorsport into the championship lead, setting up the tantalising and ultimately triumphant showdown in Monza.
Final Overall Classification – Rally Monza
2020 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings
After round 7
2020 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings
After round 7