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Terça, 12 Outubro 2021 07:25 | Actualizado em Domingo, 17 Outubro 2021 14:41

Sébastien Loeb Racing claim TCR Europe teams' crown with Elantra N TCR
 
  • Elantra N TCR squad Sébastien Loeb Racing secure the TCR Europe Teams’ Championship in their first season as a Hyundai Motorsport customer
  • Sami Taoufik’s podium in Race 1 of the series’ finale weekend in Barcelona helped clinch the title in style before the team closed the season by placing two cars in the top four in Race 2
  • Elantra N TCR drivers scored a podium at six of the seven tracks visited during the season, while Czech team Janík Motorsport collected two podiums with their pair of i30 N TCR.
 
 In their first season as Hyundai Motorsport customers with the Elantra N TCR Sébastien Loeb Racing have clinched the teams’ title in TCR Europe after an excellent year in the championship.
 
The combination of Sami Taoufik’s podium and Niels Langeveld’s sixth in the penultimate race of the season finale at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya confirmed the title. A superb team result in Race 2 – Mehdi Bennani taking second ahead of Langeveld in fourth. The finale put a strong exclamation point on the consistency that had been critical to the success of the French outfit’s first season running with Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing-built machinery.
 
Throughout the season the team’s four-driver line-up has performed well, proving the performance of the new-for-2021 Elantra N TCR.
 
This began from the very first weekend of the season at the Slovakia Ring. Langeveld announced the Elantra N TCR’s debut in the series by springing from outside of the top ten to finish fourth – a position he would claim a total of five times to help him to third in the drivers’ championship.
 
Fifth in the final standings would go to Bennani, who claimed a superb lights-to-flag win in Race 2 in Slovakia. Italian Felice Jelmini – stepping up to TCR Europe after a race-winning 2020 campaign with the i30 N TCR in TCR Italy – and Taoufik would only have to wait until the second racing weekend to collect their own first podiums at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.
 
Langeveld would finally breakthrough at his home weekend at Zandvoort with a second place. The all-round performance of the team had established them at the top of the standings – where points are awarded based on each squad’s two best finishing drivers. As such they received a huge boost from the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. Jelmini, on pole, and Bennani, gave them a maximum haul of points from qualifying, before both men stood on the podium as the team stretched their advantage.
 
Race 2 at Spa saw a remarkable performance from Maťo Homola in one of the Janík Motorsport-run i30 N TCR. Gambling on slick tyres for a race which started on a slightly damp track, Homola was able to cut through the pack with increasing ease to finish second. The trip to the podium capped a strong week for the Czech team and the Slovakian driver, and proved to be the first of a run of strong finishes over the next events.
 
Nürburgring proved to be the highlight of the year for Customer Racing Junior Driver Jachym Galáš. Rewarded for progressing through to Q2 for the first time in his debut TCR Europe season he finished fifth in Race 2, winning the Rookie class in the process, after spending the entire race competing against more experienced drivers, including Langeveld who finished just one place ahead.
 
The team’s improving fortunes reached a crescendo at Monza. Both Homola and Galáš qualified in the top-12 at a circuit where top speed is crucial, with Homola going onto claim a fantastic Race 2 win.
 
The season closed with another consistent weekend for Sébastien Loeb Racing’s drivers – the pair of final weekend podiums bringing their combined tally to nine over the course of the year. At least one Elantra N TCR driver scored a top-three finish at six of the seven circuits visited during the campaign, once more proving the all-round capabilities of the car in its first racing season.
 
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Manager Andrew Johns said: “The TCR category is incredibly competitive, and TCR Europe one of the hardest fought series. For Sébastien Loeb Racing to come in for their first year as a Hyundai Motorsport customer, and with the brand new Elantra N TCR and take the teams’ championship is richly deserved and a huge achievement on multiple levels. Through the season the car has shown excellent pace on every track, with podiums from six out of seven weekends as the clear proof. Of course it is impossible to ignore the performance of Janík Motorsport and their drivers, with the team making the step up to TCR Europe and scoring a win with the i30 N TCR.”
 
2021 TCR Europe Teams’ Standings
After 14 races
 
1Sébastien Loeb Racing759
2Comtoyou Racing605
3Volcano Motorsport562
4Team Clairet Sport542
5PSS Racing Team484
 
2021 TCR Europe Drivers’ Standings
After 14 races
 
1M. Azcona432
2F. Girolami353
3N. Langeveld295
4T. Coronel258
5M. Bennani252
 


Sebastien Loeb Racing - Elantra N TCR
Sebastien Loeb Racing - Elantra N TCR
Niels Langeveld - Elantra N TCR
Felice Jelmini - Elantra N TCR
About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Customer Racing and electric racing projects. In WRC, Hyundai Motorsport quickly established a strong reputation taking victory in its debut season in 2014. The team finished as runners-up in the manufacturers’ championship on three consecutive occasions between 2016 and 2018 before claiming its first title in 2019 and repeating the feat in 2020. Since the establishment of its Customer Racing activities in September 2015, Hyundai Motorsport has become a trusted partner for teams and drivers looking for success on the rally stages or on racetracks around the world. From its competitive i20 R5 rally car to the competitive i30 N TCR, Hyundai Motorsport-built cars have claimed victory in several championships, including national rally series in France and Spain, as well as consecutive titles in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) in 2018 and 2019. Designed and built at its Alzenau headquarters, the Veloster N ETCR was unveiled in September 2019 and heralds an exciting new era, in which electric racing is set to become one of the company’s pillars. Unified under Hyundai Motorsport, WRC, Customer Racing and electric racing are together playing instrumental roles in driving Hyundai’s global high-performance N brand and are supporting an important perception shift for the Hyundai brand around the world.
 
Further information about Hyundai Motorsport is available at: 
http://motorsport.hyundai.com
 
About Hyundai Motor Company
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is present in over 200 countries with more than 120,000 employees dedicated to tackling real-world mobility challenges around the globe. Based on the brand vision ‘Progress for Humanity,' Hyundai Motor is accelerating its transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider. The company invests in advanced technologies such as robotics and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to bring about revolutionary mobility solutions, while pursuing open innovation to introduce future mobility services.  In pursuit of sustainable future for the world, Hyundai will continue its efforts to introduce zero emission vehicles equipped with industry-leading hydrogen fuel cell and EV technologies.

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