Hyundai Motorsport secured the best overall results in Mexico
- Hyundai Motorsport’s WRC 2 crews have registered their best overall classifications of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship season so far
- Nikolay Gryazin finished the reduced 20-stage rally in second place in WRC 2 (seventh overall), ahead of Ole Christian Veiby third in the category (tenth overall).
- Hyundai Motorsport N moves to the top of the team’s championship as a result of the double podium, with Gryazin in second place.
14 March 2020 - Hyundai Motorsport’s WRC 2 crews have secured their best overall result of the season to date in Rally México, the third round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship.
The result ensured Nikolay Gryazin and Ole Christian Veiby finished second and third in the WRC 2 category, helping Hyundai Motorsport N move to the top of the team’s classification. Gryazin’s result vaults him to second place in the drivers’ table after three events.
Rally México offered a new challenge for both crews and marked their competitive debut on gravel with the Hyundai i20 R5. Ultimately, the planned 24 stages were reduced to just 20 but allowed the drivers the opportunity to improve their feeling with the car on loose surface and another rally experience.
Opening with a ceremonial start at Alhóndiga and with two runs through the Street Stage GTO on Thursday evening, the rally stepped up a gear on Friday with the infamous El Chocolate, Ortega and Las Minas stages.
For Veiby and co-driver Jonas Andersson it was a less than positive start as they experienced brake issues on the opening loop that lost them five minutes of time. Gryazin and co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov, meanwhile, put in a steady and trouble-free performance to end the opening day in second place in WRC 2.
Saturday’s itinerary covered nine stages – a repeated loop of Guanajuatito, Alfaro and Derramadero, followed by two runs through the Autodromo Shell V-Power, also run on Friday evening, and the Rock & Rally León test.
Veiby took a clean sweep of stage wins on Saturday morning (SS13-15) but was too far back on the timesheets to make any impression. Gryazin maintained his second position with championship points as the target.
The afternoon loop began with a rear right puncture for Gryazin and a spin just before the finish of SS16 (Guanajuatito 2) for Veiby. The incidents didn’t affect their overall positions, although the Russians had to nurse their Hyundai i20 R5 to the finish after sustaining damage in SS18 (Derramadero). Veiby, meanwhile, added a fourth stage win of the day in SS17 (Alfaro). With rally organisers opting to conclude the rally on Saturday evening, forgoing Sunday’s stages, the Hyundai pair confirmed their results after the SS21 Rock & Rally test.
Crew Notes: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (#20 Hyundai i20 R5 ‘20)
- Steady and consistent performance from the Russians in their first Rally México
- Gryazin moves to second in the drivers’ classification
Crew Notes: Ole Christian Veiby/Jonas Andersson (#21 Hyundai i20 R5 ‘20)
- Brake issues on Friday lost crucial time on the crew’s first competitive Rally México
- Four stage wins on Saturday showed true pace as they secured third in WRC 2
- As a result of global developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the WRC Promoter has already announced that the 2020 Rally Argentina, round four of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), due to take place between April 23 - 26, has been postponed.
- As it stands currently, the next round of the championship will be May 21-24 in Portugal.
Final Overall Classification WRC 2 – Rally México
2020 WRC 2 Championship for Drivers’ Standings
After round 3
2020 FIA WRC2 Championship for Teams’ Standings
After round 3
All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.