Rally Sardegna Preview
- Hyundai Motorsport heads to Rally Italia Sardegna for the fourth consecutive gravel event in the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
- Twice winners at the popular Mediterranean event, Hyundai Motorsport hopes to extend its advantage in the manufacturers’ championship (currently leading by 20 points).
- Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul, Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger-Amland and Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio will make up the three-crew line-up for round eight.
7 June 2019 - Hyundai Motorsport will be hoping to get back to winning ways as the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) moves into its second half with Rally Italia Sardegna next weekend.
Continuing WRC’s run of consecutive gravel events, Sardinia has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Hyundai Motorsport in the past seasons. The team has claimed two victories at the event (2016 and 2018) with a total of five individual podium results.
A trio of crews will helm the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRCs with reigning Sardinia winners Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul aiming to continue their recent competitive form. Neuville holds third in the drivers’ championship, following a second place in Portugal, just ten points from the lead.
Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger-Amland return to the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team line-up aiming to recreate the form that powered them to second place in Argentina in April. Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio, meanwhile, have their sights set on a competitive and trouble-free rally after a frustrating weekend in Portugal, where they demonstrated their pace and potential on tough gravel routes.
All three crews have had the opportunity to test the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ahead of Rally Italia Sardegna as Hyundai Motorsport seeks to extend its advantage in the manufacturers’ championship. The 19-stage Rally Italia Sardegna covers a competitive distance of 310.52km with a largely unchanged route to last season, an event that was decided in thrilling fashion on the Power Stage with Neuville emerging victorious by 0.7-seconds.
Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Twice winners at Rally Italia Sardegna (2016 and 2018)
- Third in drivers’ championship, just ten points from leader
Crew Notes: Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jæger-Amland (#89 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Aiming to return to podium form in first event since Chile
- Second place in Argentina in April remains crews’ season highlight so far
Crew Notes: Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Strong showing in Portugal undermined by technical issue
- Spaniards ready to fight for first podium of 2019
Weekend at a glance
- 19 stages run over a competitive distance of 310.52 km
- Weekend gets underway with 2 km run at the Ittiri Arena Show
- Friday’s loop is identical to 2018 with 124.20 km of stages in the north-east
- Saturday includes the famous Micky’s Jump within the Monte-Lerno stage on the longest day of the rally – 142.42 km of special stages
- Sunday moves to the coast north of Alghero for a picturesque conclusion to the rally in which hot conditions and gruelling terrain are expected to prevail.