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Dramas for all three crews prevented the team from mounting a stronger challenge despite showing glimpses of pace with six stage wins in total
Bostalsee, Germany August 20, 2017 – #hyundai Motorsport heads into the six-week break with clear intentions to refocus on its championship campaign after a tough weekend in #rallyedeutschland, the tenth round of the 2017 FIA World #rally Championship (WRC). Despite being a home #rally for the Alzenau-based squad, and a happy hunting ground for results in the past three seasons, none of the team’s three crews have had cause for celebration this weekend. Hayden Paddon and Seb Marshall were the highest placed #hyundai Shell Mobis World #rally Team pair, down in eighth place. #danisordo and Marc Martí were put out of contention early on Friday morning after rolling down a bank, and forced to start again under #rally 2 on Saturday. #thierryneuville and Nicolas Gilsoul also had to make use of #rally 2 to re-join on Sunday morning, after their #rally was brought to a sudden halt on Saturday’s opening stage. All in all, It was an unrepresentative weekend for #hyundai Motorsport overall, although it ended on a positive as Sordo claimed Power Stage victory and five extra points towards his drivers’ championship total. That result saw Sordo take a total of five stage wins, equal with #rally winner Ott Tanak. Crew Notes: Paddon/Marshall (#4 #hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) Paddon and Marshall suffered two separate punctures over the weekend, which cost them time on Friday and Saturday. In their fifth event together, the crew continued to push and were rewarded with a handful of top-three times later in the #rally, including second in Sunday’s SS20 (Losheim am See). Paddon said: “When conditions were more consistent, we showed some improvement in performance compared to last year, so there are some positives to take away from this tough weekend. I knew this would be one of the hardest rallies of the season, so I am pleased that we made it to the end, and showing better stage times. I am going back home to NZ for a month, during which I will also take part in a few gravel rallies, so I am looking forward to that. Then, it’s back to Europe when we will begin our push for a good result to finish the season.” Crew Notes: Sordo/Martí (#6 #hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) For Sordo and Martí, their hopes of a third podium of the season were ruined after an off on Friday morning. However, the Spaniards showed improved performance on Saturday, including three stage wins, and ending the #rally with Power Stage victory on Sunday.
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