- Hyundai Motorsport has taken its best result of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) so far with a sublime 1-2 performance in Rally Argentina
- Thierry Neuville achieved the team’s target of back-to-back wins, with teammate Andreas Mikkelsen taking his best result to date for Hyundai with second
Hyundai Motorsport has secured its second consecutive victory of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) as Thierry Neuville triumphed in Rally Argentina ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen.
The Belgian and his co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul took the win by 48.4-seconds with a calm and collected performance on the final morning of the rally. Norwegian duo Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger-Amland took their best result to date as a Hyundai Motorsport crew with a strong run to second place, their first podium finish since Rally Sweden 2018.
Completing a competitive weekend for the team, Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio took the #6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC to sixth place overall.
Rally Argentina has offered plenty of drama and challenging conditions over the entire event. Sunday morning’s itinerary covered two of the most demanding and iconic stages of the season, with two runs through El Condor (16.43km) and a solitary attempt at Mina Clavero-Giulio Cesare (20.30km).
The second pass of El Condor acted as the Power Stage. Neuville finished the rally with a flourish, taking three extra points for the third fastest time, despite taking a cautious approach, and Sordo taking two additional points for his personal total.
Securing maximum manufacturer points for the 1-2 finish, Hyundai Motorsport has strengthened its position at the top of the championship on 157 points, 37 clear of its nearest challengers Toyota. Neuville, meanwhile, has also extended his lead in the drivers’ classification to ten points ahead of Sébastien Ogier.
The overall result represents Hyundai’s third-ever 1-2 lockout in WRC, its 12th victory and 11th double podium. The team has now achieved 49 individual podiums since 2014.
Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Crew Notes: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger-Amland (#89 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Sordo said: “I am really happy for the team, and pleased that our manufacturers’ position has been strengthened. I really wanted to push for third place today but I just didn’t have the pace that was needed. I have done my best all weekend but ultimately the 1-2 result for Thierry and Andreas gives the team maximum points, which is the most important thing. There are some things I can learn from this weekend personally, and I will aim to return stronger next time.”
Final Overall Classification - Rally Argentina
|1||T. Neuville||N. Gilsoul||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||3:20:54.6|
|2||A. Mikkelsen||A. Jæger-Amland||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+48.4|
|3||S. Ogier||J. Ingrassia||Citroën C3 WRC||+1:04.8|
|4||K. Meeke||S. Marshall||Toyota Yaris WRC||+1:06.2|
|5||J.M Latvala||M. Anttila||Toyota Yaris WRC||+1:21.1|
|6||D. Sordo||C. del Barrio||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+1:26.7|
|7||T. Suninen||M. Salminen||Ford Fiesta WRC||+4:57.3|
|8||O. Tänak||M. Järveoja||Toyota Yaris WRC||+14:24.8|
|9||M. Østberg||T. Eriksen||Citroën C3 R5||+14:28.5|
|10||P. Heller||M. Martí||Ford Fiesta R5||+20:14.5|
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings (after round 5)
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings (after round 5)
|1||Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team||157|
|2||Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team||120|
|3||Citroën Total World Rally Team||117|
|4||M-Sport Ford World Rally Team||78|