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Hyundai WRT gears up for WRC Titles in 2020

2020 WRC Calendar

Narrowly losing the Drivers WRC title to rival Toyota, Hyundai World Rally Team (WRT) has vowed to go into the new season with an ultimate goal of winning the titles outright, both the drivers and manufacturers. As always, the WRC season kicks off at the Rallye Monte Carlo, 23-26 January.

In 2020, Hyundai WRT will compete in its seventh season with four drivers, new and old. Reigning Champion Ott Tanak will jon Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Sebastien Loeb in the new season. They will all pilot the revised Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.

The i20 Coupe WRC, last season, scored wins on tarmac (Corsica), gravel (Argentina/Sardinia) and mixed surface (Spain). The car has been improved and upgraded for 2020 with one aim – win drivers and manufacturers titles.  

The 2020 WRC calendar features 14 rounds across the globe. There are new territories to explore for competing teams such as; Kenya (July), New Zealand (September) and Japan (November).

2020 WRC Rally calendar

1.   Monte-Carlo      23 – 26 January

2.   Sweden      13 – 16 February    

3.   Mexico 12 – 15 March   

4.   Chile     16 – 19 April

5.   Argentina    30 April – 3 May     

6.   Portugal      21 – 24 May

7.   Italy      4 – 7 June  

8.   Kenya   16 – 19 July

9.   Finland 6 – 9 August

10. New Zealand     3 – 6 September 

11. Turkey  24 – 27 September     

12. Germany    15 – 18 October     

13. Great Britain      29 October – 1 November   

14. Japan   19 – 22 November

Tanak scores win No.2 at WRC Rally Chile

The WRC (World Rally Championship) debut in Chile was a resounding success for title hopeful Ott Tanak, who won the inaugural Chilean rally ahead of Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier. Tanak practically led from start to finish and beat Ogier by just 23 seconds at the finish. Third place went to 9-time WRC Champion Sebastien Loeb, who drove a Hyundai i20 WRC.

In his trusty Toyota Yaris WRC, Tanak got in front from the second of 16 stages on the first day itself. Despite a relatively unknown course in Chile, the Yaris WRC driver was fast and accurate to maintain the lead all the way to the finish. It was his second win of the season which propelled him to second in the standings. Ogier, who finished second now tops the standings with Neuville demoted to third, after a disastrous rally of Chile outing. Neuville crashed out on leg 2, crushing his hopes to maintain his standings lead. 

Tanak took control of the rally from stage two, after he overshot in the first stage; his only error. He then controlled the pace and quickly got to grips with the tricky conditions and new pace notes required for Chile’s WRC debut. A final charge ensured maximum bonus points from the rally-closing Wolf Power Stage.  “It was a very difficult and demanding weekend and I needed a lot of focus and energy to be perfect. We weren’t on the limit all the time. We’ve had two setbacks in a row before this where we lost the rally lead, but we proved we’re back in the fight,” the Estonian said.

Ogier locked horns with countryman Loeb in a furious fight for second. Driving a Hyundai i20 for the first time on gravel, Loeb closed to within 1.1sec of Ogier at the start of the final leg before the Citroen C3 driver battled back to finish 7.1sec clear. The Frenchman’s Power Stage drive was handicapped when a fire extinguisher went off, leaving Ogier light-headed by the end otthe 12.52km test.

Behind Loeb was Elfyn Evans who eased through the short final leg to claim fourth in a Ford Fiesta, more than a minute adrift of Loeb. Team-mate Teemu Suninen held off Esapekka Lappi to secure fifth, his cause aided when Lappi spun his C3 in the final stage.

The WRC returns to Europe later this month for the first of two hot weather gravel road fixtures there. Rally of Portugal is based in Matosinhos, Porto, on 30 May – 2 June.

WRC Rally of Chile results

1. O Tänak  Toyota Yaris 3hr 15min 53.8sec
2. S Ogier Citroën C3 +23.1sec
3. S Loeb Hyundai i20 +30.2sec
4. E Evans Ford Fiesta +1min 36.7sec
5. T Suninen Ford Fiesta +3min 15.6sec
6. E Lappi Citroën C3 +3min 45.4sec

WRC Drivers standings (after round 6 of 14)

1. S Ogier 122pts
2. O Tänak 112pts
3. T Neuville 110pts

Neuville takes back-to-back win at Rally Sardinia to extend lead

The WRC Rally Sardinia, last Sunday, was won by Hyundai WRT’s Thierry Neuville, who beat five-time Champion Sebastien Ogier by the narrowest margin. Neuville trailed Ogier by 0.8sec ahead of the final day’s 6.96km test, but delivered a daredevil drive in his Hyundai i20 to overhaul the Frenchman and claim his third win of the season by 0.7sec.

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Neuville hits the road first at WRC Rally Sardinia

Following his remarkable win at last round’s WRC Rally Portugal, Hyundai WRT’s front man Thierry Neuville and rivals prepares for the next challenge, the Rally Sardinia. As the winner of the last round, Neuville was first to hit the road when the Sardinia (Sardegna) rally started, today.

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Neuville takes WRC Rally Portugal; second win for the Hyundai WRT driver

As expected, Hyundai WRT’s Thierry Neuville has won the WRC Rally Portugal after Sunday’s short leg. Victory at the gruelling four-day dirt road encounter promoted Neuville to the top of the Drivers’ Standings as the series approaches its midpoint.

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Neuville holds clear lead going into final leg of WRC Rally Portugal

  The WRC Rally of Portugal hits the pinnacle today as the crews completed an exciting second leg, yesterday. After a couple of action-packed days, Hyundai WRT front man Thierry Neuville holds a comfortable 39.8-second lead in the classification. Neuville should be able to secure the win in the short Sunday finale. Winning the event means a top spot for the Hyundai i20 WRC pilot in the Drivers’ Standings.

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Tanak storms to victory at WRC Rally Argentina

  As expected, Ott Tanak has scored the victory at the WRC Rally Argentina; his third WRC win and first for Toyota.

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Tanak on the verge of the win at WRC Rally Argentina

  The WRC Rally Argentina is at full swing as competitors hit two-thirds of the event. Five-time Champion Sebastien Ogier’s chance to win the Argentine rally appears to go no where as he struggles to finish fourth overall, after the second leg. The rally winner looks likely to be Ott Tanak as he nailed the second day with a flawless drive and extended his lead at the fifth round WRC.

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Ogier wants to get the win at WRC Rally Argentina

  Believe it or not five-time WRC Champion Sebastien Ogier has never won the Rally Argentina. Three times Ogier has finished second in Argentina, now he wants the top step.

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New routes announced for WRC Wales Rally

  This year’s Wales Rally GB (4-7 October) will feature an exciting new-look route and a shift of focus to the forests and venues of north Wales.

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