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Hyundai Motorsport customer results round-up bulletin
  • Norbert Michelisz and BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse added to their leads at the top of the Kumho FIA TCR World Tour standings after the two races at Mid-Ohio
  • Elantra N TCR driver Maťo Homola and i30 N TCR man Attila Bucsi split TCR Eastern Europe honours at the Slovakia Ring, continuing Hyundai Motorsport customers’ series dominance
  • i20 N Rally2 crew Rok Turk and Blanka Kacin took superb overall victories at events in both Croatia and their native Slovenia.
 Hyundai Motorsport customers further boosted their title hopes as they approach the mid-point of the year with great results in both circuit racing and rallying. Norbert Michelisz and BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse were able to add to their advantage in the Kumho FIA TCR World Tour over the course of two races at Mid-Ohio where the Bryan Herta Autosport team scored a first win of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season. Teams running Hyundai cars continued their dominant runs in both TCR Asia and TCR Eastern Europe with podium sweeps of weekends in both series, while – in his first race back in the Elantra N TCR he won the 2023 title with – Josh Buchan scored a podium in all three TCR Australia races at the most recent event. Two dominant overall victories for Rok Turk and Blanka Kacin carried on an excellent start to their season and podiums across Europe underline the strength of the i20 N Rally2 in national series.
Elantra N TCR customers extend lead after Mid-Ohio World Tour stop
Norbert Michelisz and BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse added to their leads at the top of the drivers’ and teams’ standings at the Kumho FIA TCR World Tour weekend at Mid-Ohio (June 7-8). Together with team-mate Mikel Azcona, Michelisz locked out the front row in qualifying for the Elantra N TCR. At the start of Race 1 polesitter Azcona took the lead, though Michelisz had to slot into third. Azcona pulled away and looked set for victory before he slowed in the second half of the race with a mechanical problem that caused him to slip to third after Michelisz passed him on the final lap. Néstor Girolami finished fourth to add more valuable points for the team.
From tenth on the partly reversed grid for Race 2, Azcona made his way up to finish fourth after an action-packed race. Michelisz, similarly made good progress to fifth, while Girolami finished eighth after sustaining damage in some of the close quarters racing in the middle of the order.
Michelisz now sits 22 points ahead of his nearest rival in the individual standings, with Azcona a further two points behind. In the teams’ standings BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse are now 20 points clear after starting the weekend with a lead of just one point.
Also on the Mid-Ohio grid, for their Kumho FIA TCR World Tour debut, were Bryan Herta Autosport driver Mark Wilkins and Harry Gottsacker. A week on from their roles in the class-winning car in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, both drivers scored their best results in Race 1 – Wilkins in tenth and Gottsacker 11th.
Norbert Michelisz - Elantra N TCR - Kumho FIA TCR World Tour
Mikel Azcona - Elantra N TCR - Kumho FIA TCR World Tour
Hyundai Motorsport customers continue dominance in TCR Eastern Europe
Maťo Homola and Attila Bucsi again split the weekend’s wins in TCR Eastern Europe between them at the Slovakia Ring (June 7-9), following the same pattern as the previous rounds at Balaton Park and Red Bull Ring.
In his home round of the championship, Slovakian Homola put his Janík Motorsport Elantra N TCR on pole ahead of team-mate Adam Kout. The pair converted those positions into first and second after the start – though they were briefly led after a blatant jump start by a rival.
Homola held the lead through to the chequered flag, but a puncture forced Kout out of second, handing the place to M1RA Motorsport i30 N TCR driver Bucsi, with Jiří Zbožínek taking third – his first podium in the series for Janík Motorsport. Žarko Knego also scored his best finish of the season – fifth in his Auto Klub Dubrovnik-entered Elantra N TCR.
Both Bucsi and Homola made quick progress from their spots towards the back of the top ten at the start of Race 2 – moving up to second and third on the opening lap before leading a charge to close the gap to the early leader. An audacious move by Bucsi gave him the lead, but Homola was unable to craft a way to follow him past on track. However, Homola was still classified second after a penalty was handed to the driver ahead. The same penalty promoted Kout to third to secure another podium sweep for Hyundai Motorsport customers.
Mato Homola - Elantra N TCR - TCR Eastern Europe
Attila Bucsi - i30 N TCR - TCR Eastern Europe
Race 2 win helps defending TCR China champion keep pace in standings
Martin Cao was the highest placed Elantra N TCR driver in both TCR China races on the Shanghai International Circuit (June 7-9) as he maintained his strong start of the season. The Hyundai N team driver took advantage of a front row start for the second competition of the weekend to take a second victory of the year only four races into the campaign. The result, coupled with a fifth place from ninth on the grid in Race 1, kept him close to the early championship leader in the points.
The weekend also brought a best finish so far this season for Evolve Racing driver Lo Sze Ho, who came home one place behind Cao in Race 1.
Martin Cao - Elantra N TCR - TCR China
Martin Cao - Elantra N TCR - TCR China
Z.Speed drivers sweep podium in both TCR Asia encounters
Hyundai N by Z.Speed drivers dominated the second weekend of the TCR Asia season at Sepang (June 7-9). Zhang Zhendong enjoyed a perfect weekend, taking pole position and winning both races at the Malaysian track in his Elantra N TCR. In both contests he led a 1-2-3 for the Hyundai Motorsport customer team. In Race 1 he was chased home by Irishman Max Hart and Indonesian driver Benny Santoso, each in their own Elantra N TCR. Hart finished second again in Race 2, this time with Korean Doyun Hwang completing the podium places. 
Zhang Zhendong - Elantra N TCR - TCR Asia
Doyun Hwang - Elantra N TCR - TCR Asia
Bryan Herta Autosport take first win of IMSA season from Mid-Ohio endurance race
Preston Brown and Denis Dupont delivered a first win of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season for Bryan Herta Autosport at Mid-Ohio (June 7-9). The TCR class featured close racing throughout the four-hour contest and all four cars entered by the Hyundai Motor America-supported team featured in the battle for the major positions.
The race win was decided by pit strategy, with all the leading teams trying to eke out fuel during the closing stints of the race. Dupont was the last of the front runners to take a final splash of fuel inside of the last 20 minutes of the race – and so had the shortest stop. Quick pit work put him back out in the lead which he held for the final laps of the race. Harry Gottsacker and Robert Wickens combined to finish fourth. The #77 of Taylor Hagler and Bryson Morris finished eighth and the Victor Gonzalez Racing Team entry of Morgan Burkhard and Chase Jones in ninth was the fourth and final Elantra N TCR in the top ten.
Denis Dupont/Preston Brown - Elantra N TCR - IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
Harry Gottsacker/Robert Wickens - Elantra N TCR - IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
Buchan scores podiums in every race on return to Elantra N TCR cockpit
Josh Buchan finished on the podium in all three TCR Australia races at The Bend Motorsports Park (May 31-June 2) as he switched back to the Elantra N TCR he won the title with in 2023 after starting the season in an i30 N TCR. He showed excellent pace to qualify second but had to start Race 1 from seventh – his car swap counting as an engine change in the series’ regulations. Undeterred, a superb opening lap brought him back to third position which he held for the rest of the event.
Buchan’s progress up the order from eighth in Race 2 was slower – he actually lost a spot on the opening lap. However, his was still able to bring the #1 car back through the field, taking third place on lap six and securing a return trip to the podium and pole position for the finale.
Unfortunately, he was unable to take full advantage after a slow start left him only fifth at the end of the conclusion of the opening lap. Again, he was able to harness the performance of the Elantra N TCR together with his own racecraft to recover up the order – laying down a new lap record as he did so - to complete the weekend with a second place.
His HMO Customer Racing team-mate Tom Oliphant scored a best finish of fifth at the wheel of an i30 N TCR.
Josh Buchan - Elantra N TCR - TCR Australia
Josh Buchan - Elantra N TCR - TCR Australia
Podium finish is the highlight of Pergusa trip
Elantra N TCR driver Michele Imberti completed the TCR Italy meeting at Pergusa (June 7-9) with third place in a chaotic Race 2 on the high-speed track. He inherited the position after a mid-race incident that prompted a Safety Car intervention. Once the clean-up was completed, Imberti was able to defend his position for the handful of laps that remained to secure the final spot on the podium.
Target Competition driver Federico Paolino finished seventh, with Trico WRT man Damiano Reduzzi ninth, despite having to pit from seventh with a puncture picked up in the incident that caused the interruption. Such was the rate of attrition in the race that Alex Ley – who entered the weekend as the points’ leader – was still able to finish 13th even though he lost two laps after taking damage to his Elantra N TCR early in the race.
Imberti was also the best placed Hyundai Motorsport customer in Race 1, finishing fifth with South Korean trio Junesung Park – who was an innocent victim in Race 2’s major incident – Junui Park and Hwarang Kim seventh, eighth and ninth.
Michele Imberti - Elantra N TCR - TCR Italy
Junesung Park - Elantra N TCR - TCR Italy
i30 N TCR driver collects career-first TCR UK podium
Darron Lewis took his first-ever TCR UK podium in Race 2 of the day on the Oulton Park Island circuit (June 8). At the wheel of a JH Motorsport-prepared i30 N TCR, Lewis finished third in the contest after avoiding the drama around him, including a multi-car crash that triggered a lap 1 red flag. Behind him, Callum Newsham brought his i30 N TCR home fourth. Newsham had picked his way through the chaos of the start perfectly. Despite starting eleventh, he was second when the race was brought behind the Safety Car but was then made to do all the hard work again when the race restarted in the original grid order.
In Race 1, Newsham came off worse after contact with a rival while disputing fourth place and finished two laps down. Lewis finished sixth after picking up a five-second penalty. In an i30 N TCR entered by Capture Motorsport Steve Laidlaw finished ninth and sixth respectively in the two races.
Darron Lewis - i30 N TCR - TCR UK
Callum Newsham - i30 N TCR - TCR UK
1-2 for i20 N Rally2 crews on Croatian event
i20 N Rally2 crews finished 1-2 on the Delta Rally (June 6-9), with Rok Turk and Blanka Kacin overall victors by nearly two minutes. The pair had been part of a close battle for victory during the opening day of the rally but found themselves clear in the lead after their rivals suffered an accident on SS10. Even then they refused to ease off their terrific pace – taking victory on three of the last four stages and nearly doubling their advantage over the more cautious Antal Kovács and Gergő Istovics. The Hungarian crew picked up two stage wins to Turk and Kacin’s nine and were promoted to second at the same moment they took the lead, before opting for a safer approach through the final loop to avoid any unwanted late drama.
Rok Turk - i20 N Rally2 - Delta Rally
Rok Turk - i20 N Rally2 - Delta Rally
Dominant win continues Turk and Kacin’s excellent start to 2024 season
Hyundai Slovenia-supported i20 N Rally2 crew Rok Turk and Blanka Kacin added a second victory in the national championship to their fast start to the season. The duo led throughout Rally Velenje (May 23-25), winning five of the eleven stages on their way to win with an advantage of more than 30 seconds.
Marko Grossi and Tara Berlot finished fifth overall in their i20 R5 after losing ground over the closing stages. The defending Slovenia champions contributed to a pair of Hyundai Motorsport customer 1-2s on the stages behind Turk and Kacin and were third overall with four stages remaining.
Rok Turk - i20 N Rally2 - Rally Velenje
Rok Turk - i20 N Rally2 - Rally Velenje
Consistent run results in second place
Michaël Burri and Gaëtan Aubry finished second overall on Rallye International du Chablais (May 30-June 1) in an i20 N Rally2. They were consistent for the duration of the rally, allowing them to make up ground after setting the fourth fastest time on the opening stage. It took then just three stages to climb to second, but the continued to improve their pace, ending the rally with three stage wins to their credit.
Charles Munster and Loïc Dumont set the fastest time on SS2 with their i20 N Rally2, and were in contention for the podium places, before crashing out on the first stage of day two.
BMA crew complete podium in latest Belgian Championship outing
Bastien Rouard and Félicien Poncelet finished as the best of the three BMA-run i20 N Rally2 crews at the Sezoensrally (May 18). The pair ran trouble-free during the event – round three of the Belgian Rally Championship to secure the podium and a share of the prize money for the i20 N Rally European Challenge, which includes every round of the series.
Charles Munster and Loïc Dumont finished just off the podium, with a stage win to their name. Cédric Cherain and Damien Withers – the leading i20 N Rally2 pair at both the first two rounds – struggled by comparison in the changing conditions but were still on course for a top five finish before having to change a puncture on the penultimate stage.
Final stage victory helps maintain podium streak for French Gravel Championship crew
Victory on the final stage of Rallye Terre d’Aléria (May 24-25) helped Laurent Pellier secure a second consecutive runner-up finish, and a third podium of the season in the French Gravel Rally Championship. Alongside co-driver Kévin Bronner he held a podium position for the entire rally – despite a spin on SS2.
Laurent Pellier - i20 N Rally2 - Rallye Terre d'Aleria
Laurent Pellier - i20 N Rally2 - Rallye Terre d'Aleria
i20 N Rally2 crews show strong pace in Danish Championship round
i20 N Rally2 drivers Simon Vallentin Hansen and Ib Kragh finished second and fourth respectively on Rally Sønderjylland (May 25) in the Danish Rally Championship. Vallentin Hansen and his co-driver Karsten Isaksen claimed victory on three of the eight stages and held second from start to finish. Kragh and Jeannette Kvick Andersson started and ended the rally in fourth but had to recover lost ground after slipping to sixth overall after SS2.
Simon Vallentin Hansen - i20 N Rally2 - Rally Sonderjylland
Simon Vallentin Hansen - i20 N Rally2 - Rally Sonderjylland
Day 2 push propels Dutch crew to second place finish
Three fastest times on the second and final day of the ELE Rally (May 24-25) ended with i20 N Rally2 crew Kevin van Deijne and Hein Verschuuren finishing second overall after a rally-long fight for the podium spots. The pairing had started on top, with stage victory on SS1, but dropped to fourth after the following test. That proved to be the low point for van Deijne and Verschuuren as they recovered to third before the overnight halt.
On the longer second, and final, day of the contest they again showed excellent pace – leading the way three times, the first of which moved them up to the second place they would hold to end of the event.
They finished as the best of four Hyundai Motorsport customer crews in the top ten overall. Swedish driver Stig Andervang had the pace to join van Deijne on the overall podium, through a 60-second penalty limited him and his Dutch co-driver Johan Findhammer to a fifth place finish. Ronald van Loon and Martin Nortier were seventh in an i20 R5, ahead of Henk Vossen and Radboud van Hoek in eighth, Vossen’s best performance yet in his first year with the i20 N Rally2.
Kevin van Deijne - i20 N Rally2 - ELE Rally
Kevin van Deijne - i20 N Rally2 - ELE Rally
i20 R5 pair take class win and overall podium in the USA
Partick Gruszka and Aris Mantopoulos won their class and finished third overall on the Southern Ohio Forest Rally (June 6-8) in an i20 R5. They were the fastest crew in the RC2 category on 13 of the 16 competitive stages, confirming their position beyond all doubt.
Irish pair John Coyne and Eoin Treacy were fastest in class on two stages aboard their PCRS-run i20 N Rally2 – including on the Power Stage – though a problem during the opening day prevented them from taking a strong overall result to match.
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Manager Benoit Nogier said: “The Customer Racing department and our customers can be quite happy looking back on results over the last few weeks. While it was not a perfect in Mid-Ohio for BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse, both they and Norbert Michelisz were able to stretch their points’ leads. Strong weekends for our customers in TCR Australia, TCR China and TCR Eastern Europe confirmed them as title contenders at the very least, and added further to the list of race wins half-way through the year. Our rallying customers have also enjoyed a strong period of results, with podiums in national events across Europe – including at the most recent event of the i20 N Rally2 European Challenge – and a pair of overall wins for Rok Turk and Blanka Kacin in their campaigns.”

About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities, including the FIA World Rally Championship and Customer Racing projects. Since its inception in 2012, Hyundai Motorsport has established a strong reputation in WRC and claimed the manufacturers’ title in 2019 and 2020. The company embraced the all-new technical challenge of WRC’s hybrid era in 2022, resulting in the birth of the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid. Following the creation of its Customer Racing department in 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 Hyundai i20 N Rally2 to the front-running Hyundai Elantra N TCR, Hyundai Motorsport-built cars have claimed crowns in several national rally championships and titles in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) (2018, 2019, 2022) and the TCR World Tour (2023). Hyundai Motorsport has supported an important perception shift for the Hyundai brand around the world over the past ten years and continues to play an instrumental role in driving Hyundai’s global high-performance N brand.

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