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Hyundai Motorsport targets podium at fast and furious Rally Poland

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  • Hyundai Motorsport is ready to challenge for another podium result in round seven of the FIA World #rally Championship (WRC)
  • The team has entered three New Generation i20 #wrc cars to be driven by Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo
  • With a podium and fourth place finish recorded in previous years, Hyundai Motorsport is confident it can be competitive on some of the fastest roads in the Championship.
Alzenau, Germany
June 24, 2016 - Following its recent win at #rally Italia Sardegna, Hyundai Motorsport is aiming to continue its competitive run in the 2016 FIA World #rally Championship (WRC) at #rally #poland, the midpoint of the 14-event #wrc season.
 
The team scored its second victory with the New Generation i20 #wrc earlier this month when Thierry Neuville took an emphatic win in Sardinia. It marked Hyundai Motorsport’s third #wrc victory since it entered the Championship in 2014, and continued the team’s most competitive season so far.
 
With Sardinia celebrations over, the team has reset its focus on one of the fastest events on the 2016 calendar. #poland is a venue where Hyundai Motorsport has previous success, having secured a podium result in 2014, and a fourth and sixth finish twelve months ago. This year’s #rally will include changes to around 33 per cent of the all-gravel route, offering a new challenge for teams and drivers alike.
 
Hyundai Motorsport’s three-car entry for the 73rd Rally #poland sees Neuville (3) and Hayden Paddon (4) representing the Hyundai Shell World #rally Team, while Dani Sordo (20) will be the sole entry for Hyundai Mobis World #rally Team in this #event.
 
Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “Our win in Sardinia was a huge reward for everyone in the team, and we hope to continue this positive momentum in #poland. The New Generation i20 #wrc has proven to be a versatile car, competing strongly on different surfaces and in varied conditions. We carried out a pre-event test in #poland last week with Thierry, Dani and Hayden driving over a total of four days. It was a useful opportunity for us to begin establishing the best set-up on the cars ahead of recce and shakedown. It’s a demanding, ultra quick gravel #rally, one of the fastest of the season. With so many new sections to this year’s #event, we will need to be on top of our game. We took a podium in #poland two years ago, and were close again last season, so the top-three is our target and strong points finished for all three cars.”
 
It was Neuville (3 New Generation i20 WRC) and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul who took the team’s Polish podium in 2014. The Belgian pair will aim to pick up in #poland where they left off in Sardinia, competing at the front of the #wrc field.
 
Neuville said: “I am really looking forward to Poland! It was such a pleasure to win in Italy with the team and really celebrate such an amazing result. We have had some tough times recently, but the victory was a boost in confidence for everyone. In 2014 in #poland we finished on the podium and last year we also had a reasonable run as well. We struggled a bit with the tyre choices but we learnt from it. I think this year, with the New Generation i20 #wrc, we’re going to be pretty fast!”
 
Paddon (4 New Generation i20 WRC) is hoping to bounce back from two disappointing retirements since his victory in Argentina in April. Along with co-driver John Kennard, Paddon is looking forward to a run of fast rallies where he has a proven track record.
 
Paddon said: “We’re now going into a series of rallies that I really enjoy. Last year we came fourth and recorded some quick stage times in the 2015 car. We know this year’s New Generation i20 #wrc car works very well in fast sections and #poland of course is a very fast #rally with a lot of straights. I am really looking forward to it and to putting our previous two rallies behind us. I think we can challenge right up the front, we’ve had a good test and the feeling is really good. We just need to make sure we have a good recce. We are going to push for a good result and give it everything.”
 
Sordo (20 New Genertion i20 WRC) and co-driver Marc Martí have been one of the most consistent driver crews in the #wrc this year. The Spanish duo’s four consecutive fourth place results have propelled Sordo to second place in the Drivers’ Championship and he is ready to build on it.
 
Sordo commented: “Rally #poland for me is very, very exciting. It has some really fast sections and a lot of enthusiastic #rally fans that come to watch, so it is really nice. There is a good sensation in the car because the roads are fast with crests and some narrow places, it is a great event! To be honest, last year we didn’t have a very good run in #poland - I’m not sure why because it’s a #rally I like with lots of fast places. But I have the confidence this year and I will try to get a better result.”
 
Rally #poland is made up of 21 special stages run over a competitive distance of 306.1km. Just four stages will be the same as in 2015, the Super Special Stage in Mikołajki Arena, Gołdap, Świętajno and Wieliczki, while two (Chmielewo and Stare Juchy) were contested in previous years.
 
The action starts on Thursday evening in Mikołajki, part of the Masurian Lake District a few hours north of Warsaw, before nine stages on Friday north east of the city. Crews travel further north towards the border of Kaliningrad for three repeated stages and end the day for the third time with the Mikołajki Arena. Sunday is a short 59.6km day featuring the Sady Power Stage.

 Hyundai Motorsport Crews’ Info
 
New Generation i20 #wrc 3
Chassis number: 002
  
 Thierry NeuvilleNicolas Gilsoul
DOB16 June 19885 February 1982
First #wrc event2009, #rally Catalunya2007, Rallye Monte-Carlo
WRC starts6560
WRC podiums1414
WRC wins22
Rally #poland starts23
Rally #poland previous results2014: 3rd, 2015: 6th2004: 5th (ERC), 2014: 3rd, 2015: 6th
 
New Generation i20 #wrc 4
Chassis number: 001
  
 Hayden PaddonJohn Kennard
DOB20 April 198711 February 1959
First #wrc event2007, #rally New Zealand1985, #rally Finland
WRC starts5361
WRC podiums34
WRC wins11
Rally #poland starts23
Rally #poland previous results2014: 8th, 2015: 4th1994: 15th (ERC), 2014: 8th, 2015: 4th
 
New Generation i20 #wrc 20
Chassis number: 007
  
 Dani SordoMarc Martí
DOB2 May 19831 October 1966
First #wrc event2003, #rally Catalunya1992, #rally Catalunya
WRC starts134169
WRC podiums3844
WRC wins13
Rally #poland starts22
Rally #poland previous results2009: 2nd, 2015: 10th2009: 2nd, 2015: 10th