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Terça, 20 Agosto 2019 15:02 | Actualizado em Quarta, 16 Outubro 2019 22:07

Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
 
  • Josh Files extended his lead at the top of the TCR Europe standings by taking his Hyundai i30 N TCR to a double podium in the series' races in Oschersleben
  • Hyundai Motorsport WRC driver Thierry Neuville shocked the TCR Germany paddock with victory on his TCR debut as a guest driver in TCR Germany at the Nürburgring
  • Second place on the Rally de Acosta Ñu lifted Hyundai Paraguay supported driver Diego Dominguez to the top of the national championship standings.
 
 Both new and experienced Hyundai Motorsport customers were able to score strong results in recent weekends, highlighting the positive qualities of the cars built for privateer teams to take to series around the world.
 
Double podium stretches TCR Europe championship lead
 
Josh Files extended his advantage in the TCR Europe standings thanks to a pair of third places from the series’ weekend at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (August 2-4), including driving from ninth on the grid in Race 1. The results left him 78 points ahead of fellow i30 N TCR driver Luca Engstler with two weekends of racing remaining.
 
Customer Racing Junior Driver Engstler’s best result came in Race 2 when he climbed from 12th to seventh on a track where overtaking opportunities are rare. Szolt Dávid Szabó, his teammate at the M1RA team scored points on his debut with the Hyundai – finishing a very impressive eighth despite qualifying 21st as he grew used to the car. Dominik Baumann, another making his first start in an i30 N TCR, was also able to quickly adapt to the car. The German scored two fourth places with his Target run car. Customer Racing Junior drivers Andreas and Jessica Bäckman completed strong outing for the team. Andreas stunned qualifying to take his first TCR Europe pole position, with sister Jessica an excellent sixth fastest. She then used the top-ten starting spot to take sixth place in Race 2.
Josh Files - TCR Europe - Oschersleben
Luca Engstler - TCR Europe - Oschersleben
Max Hesse closes championship lead after back-to-back weekends
 
Hyundai Team Engstler driver Max Hesse now sits second in the TCR Germany standings after strong results at the series back-to-back dates at Zandvoort (August 9-11) and Nürburgring (August 16-18). The young German scored his first win in the series in Race 1 at the Dutch circuit, and then scored maximum points the following weekend. There WRC driver Thierry Neuville joined the series regulars in the Hyundai Germany backed guest car and surprised the paddock by first taking pole position, and then a light-to-flag win in Race 1, while Hesse scooped the points for victory by finishing second. Both drivers then braved torrential rain on slick tyres during Race 2 with Hesse taking victory and Neuville sixth after starting tenth on the partially reversed grid.
Thierry Neuville - TCR Germany - Nürburgring
Max Hesse - TCR Germany - Nürburgring
Strategy and performance gives Veloster N TCR third IMSA win
 
Bryan Herta Autosport recorded a third win of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season at Road America (August 2-4). It was the pairing of Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker who scored their first victory of the year due to a combination of smart strategy and strong performance by car and team. Tyre selection proved crucial in a race during which the weather went from wet to dry and back again. Starting on slick tyres Filippi had to face the worst of the conditions in the early laps, but then quickly made ground as the track dried. Crucially, by pitting only once for wet tyres they avoided losing too much time and were superbly placed following two late safety cars to take the victory. Their teammates Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis protected their championship lead. The duo combined to finish fourth despite being forced to pit twice by the changing weather, with Lewis picking up two positions on the final lap to make sure of their top spot.
Mason Filippi, Harry Gottsacker - IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge - Road America
Mark Wilkins, Michael Lewis - IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge - Road America
Moscow Raceway victory helps extend point lead
 
Both i30 N TCR customers in TCR Russia scored a pair of podiums across the weekends at ADM Raceway (August 3-4) and Moscow Raceway (August 17-18). The scores increased Dmitry Bragin’s lead at the top of the championship in his TAIF Motorsport entry. He bettered his second place in the earlier meeting with victory in Race 1 at the Moscow track. He then limited the points’ loss in the reverse grid Race 2 – where victory left him starting eighth – by powering to fourth. In his Lukoil backed car Ivan Lukashevich scored a pair of third places, finishing on the Race 1 podium on both weekends.
Dmitry Bragin - TCR Russia - Moscow Raceway
Ivan Lukashevich - TCR Russia - Moscow Raceway
Hyundai customer stays atop TCR Australia standings
 
Will Brown continues to lead the TCR Australia standings for the HMO Customer Racing team. Brown started the meeting at Queensland Raceway (August 2-4) strongly, qualifying his i30 N TCR third fastest. However, contact on the opening lap forced him out of contention and he spent the remaining two races moving back up the order, finishing eighth in Race 3 where he set the fastest lap. Teammate Nathan Morcom fared better, taking three top-ten finishes including a fourth to close the weekend.   
Will Brown - TCR Australia - Queensland Raceway
Nathan Morcom - TCR Australia - Queensland Raceway
Jari Huttunen takes WRC2 podium on home rally
 
Jari Huttunen recovered from losing a minute to a punctured tyre to finish second in the WRC2 category, and the third fastest R5 entrant, on Rally Finland (August 1-4). In a car provided by the Kowax Racing team he was consistent throughout, setting the best time in the class on three occasions. In spite of the setback on Friday afternoon’s stages he only missed out on WRC2 victory by only 14 seconds, proving the performance of the car on the famously high speed roads of the event.
Jari Huttunen - Rally Finland
Jari Huttunen - Rally Finland
Debut victory on Ulster Rally for Irish crew
 
Craig Breen marked his first competitive appearance in an i20 R5 by taking overall victory on the tarmac of the Ulster Rally (August 17). In a car prepared by Melvyn Evans Motorsport he was fastest on five of the event’s nine stages as he quickly grew accustomed to the car. The Irishman was joined in the battle for the lead by British championship runner Tom Cave in his own i20 R5. He appeared destined to join Breen on the overall podium until a mistake on the penultimate stage.
Craig Breen - Ulster Rally
Craig Breen - Ulster Rally
First national win for Hyundai Portugal supported driver
 
Bruno Magalhães celebrated his first Portuguese rally championship win with Team Hyundai Portugal at the Rali Vinho da Madeira (August 1-3). He finished third overall to take a spot on the podium.  The crew set the fastest time overall on the opening stage, and then topped the times for the national series on a further 12 tests to secure a maiden victory with the i20 R5 and maximum points for the series as both he and teammate Armindo Araújo closed in on the championship leader. Finishing fourth overall Miguel Nunes also stood on the podium for the Madeira rally championship, second fastest of those competing in the series.
Bruno Magalhaes - Rali Vinho da Madeira
Miguel Nunes - Rali Vinho da Madeira
Hyundai Paraguay backed crew take national championship lead
 
Second place overall on the Rally de Acosta Ñu (August 9-11) lifted Diego Dominguez into the lead of the Paraguayan national series. The Hyundai Paraguay backed driver was fastest overall on five of the event’s 12 stages as he challenged for a third win of the season. Unfortunately, a penalty for hitting a chicane marker, and then a costly puncture on the final test ended his push for victory. However, second overall, and a strong performance across the weekend, gave them enough points to overhaul the championship leader, and assume the top spot with two rounds of the season remaining.
Diego Dominguez - Rally de Acosta Nu
Diego Dominguez - Rally de Acosta Nu
Frenchman takes Polish podium on i20 R5 return
 
Bryan Bouffier finished third overall on Rajd Rzeszowski (August 8-10) in his first event this year with the i20 R5. He was one of the fastest drivers on the event. He won three of first seven stages, and held the overall lead before he lost more than a minute when he rolled into a ditch. The car was not badly damaged, though the delay dropped him to fourth. He continued to push, setting the best time on the final two tests to climb back to third and the final step on the podium. A second i20 R5 in the top-five overall was provided by driver Kacper Wróblowski, who took deserved reward for a consistent run to match his season’s best result in the Kowax Racing run car.
Bryan Bouffier - Rajd Rzeszowski
Bryan Bouffier - Rajd Rzeszowski
German podium streak continues in Sulingen
 
Hermann Gassner Jr. collected his third consecutive overall podium in the German national champion, as he finished third on Rallye Sulingen (August 8-10). The result in the i20 R5 leaves him second in the championship standings after a consistent run where he never fell outside of the top three. Seventh overall on the same event allowed Dutchman Bob de Jong to extend his lead in the Dutch Open Rally Championship. He started with the best time on the opening stage before settling into the top ten places despite admitting to being too cautious on the two runs 25km through the IVG military range. 
 
Hyundai Czech mark start of rallying partnership with a top ten
 
Ondřey Bisaha finished tenth overall on Rally Barum (August 15-18) in the first event for the partnership of Lenner Motors i20 R5 and Hyundai Czech. In his debut event with the car the Czech driver was constantly learning the capabilities of the chassis, and steadily improved to move into the top ten on the final stage.
 
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Senior Sales Associate Andrew Johns said: “It has been a very strong period for all our customers, both in the Hyundai i20 R5 and Hyundai i30 N TCR. It is especially positive to see drivers able to score excellent results in their first weekends in their Hyundai. A crucial part of success for the customer racing department is to produce cars that drivers feel comfortable in quickly and can adapt to very easily, and the recent results have shown exactly that. We look forward to supporting both new and more familiar customers in the weeks and months to come with championship victories now within reach in several series.”


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