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Quinta, 22 Novembro 2018 21:58 | Actualizado em Quinta, 06 Agosto 2020 14:41

Focus shifts to celebration and 2019 preparations following Macau return
  • Members of Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing department and the winning Hyundai i30 N TCR customers have returned to Europe following their FIA WTCR title success in Macau*
  • Attention has quickly refocused on remaining events in 2018 and continuing the high levels of support to existing customers, and teams enquiring about new chassis for 2019
  • Gabriele Tarquini is already looking forward to defending his title next year and beginning with pre-season testing.
 In the days immediately following the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) season finale, the Race of Macau, members of Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing and the winning i30 N TCR customer teams have returned to Europe.
While a mood of celebration is well deserved following the stellar end to the car’s first competitive season, attention for Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Deputy General Manager Andrea Adamo and the rest of the department has quickly turned to events still remaining in the 2018 season.
For the winning driver in the augural WTCR season* – BRC Racing Team’s Gabriele Tarquini – his thoughts are already on the work needed to defend his newly won title.
For Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing, what have the days been like immediately following the FIA WTCR championship win?
Adamo: “For us preparations for 2019 started yesterday! We were straight back to work. Macau was obviously a fantastic weekend for us, and a great advert for the i30 N TCR. However, we need to refocus now to be able to support our customers, and continue to build new cars for those teams who have seen its clear performance as they prepare for their 2019 season. We also have our i20 R5 customers in rallying, for some of whom the 2018 season hasn’t finished. We need to be able to offer them the same level of support that helped win the FIA WTCR titles.”
Following the awards ceremony in Macau, what further celebrations have taken place?
Tarquini: “There was a small celebration in Macau on the Sunday evening, with the Gala awards, but I am sure the team will have a further event to mark the title victory. Of course I was very happy to return from Macau to my family – who I almost forget to mention in the Press Conference at the circuit - to be able to celebrate with them as well, and to plan for the break over the winter.”
What plans are there for testing over the winter?
Tarquini: “For sure no teams and manufacturers will stand still during the winter, and new names that are joining for 2019 are still developing their car to be ready.  Personally, my first priority is to make a decision on my role next season. I hope to return to WTCR with BRC Racing Team as defending champion, and with the i30 N TCR, so that has to be the first thing. After that we will, I’m sure, start working towards 2019, and the start of the season in Morocco.”
*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

About the Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing department
Hyundai Motorsport GmbH established its Customer Racing department in September 2015 with the aim of enhancing Hyundai’s motorsport image around the world – in parallel to its WRC program. Following its debut the i20 R5 quickly proved popular with teams and drivers across Europe. The car is designed so that both professional and amateur drivers can compete in the full range of international, regional and national championships where R5-specification designs are eligible. In February 2017 the Hyundai Motorsport announced their second Customer Racing project, a circuit racer designed to the TCR regulations. After extensive testing the i30 N TCR scored a sensational debut win in China. In the hands of privateer teams Hyundai Motorsport-built cars have now claimed victory in several championships, including national rally series in France and Spain the teams’ and drivers’ titles from the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) season*.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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