Hyundai Motorsport has prolonged its lead of Arctic Rally Finland

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Hyundai Motorsport has extended its lead of Arctic Rally Finland

27.02.2021: … spherical two of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)


• Ott Tänak took three stage wins on Saturday (5 in complete for the weekend) to extend his benefit over Kalle Rovanperä to 24.1 seconds


… spherical two of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)

•    Ott Tänak took three stage wins on Saturday (5 in complete for the weekend) to extend his benefit over Kalle Rovanperä to 24.1 seconds

•    Thierry Neuville moved into third spot, ending Saturday’s schedule with a dominant stage win to shut the hole to second place to 1.8-seconds. Craig Breen holds fourth.
 

 

Hyundai Motorsport continues to steer Arctic Rally Finland after one other sturdy efficiency from Estonians Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja on the penultimate day of the occasion.
 

The crew added three extra stage wins throughout Saturday’s six-stage itinerary to extend their result in 24.1-seconds. In the meantime, Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe moved up right into a provisional podium place, ending the day with a surprising stage win to shut the hole to second-placed Kalle Rovanperä to simply 1.8-seconds.
 

Irish crew Craig Breen and Paul Nagle dropped all the way down to fourth after a tough day on the snowy and icy Finnish phases however stored all three Hyundai i20 Coupe WRCs contained in the top-four total with eight out of ten phases accomplished.
 

The longest particular person day of the rally coated a aggressive distance of 144.04km; a repeated loop of three high-speed phases – Mustalampi (SS3/SS6, 24.43km), Kaihuavaara (SS4/SS7, 19.91km) and Siikakämä (SS5/SS8, 27.68km) – with an early afternoon service providing an opportunity for crews to make changes and plan their all-important tyre methods. The second move was run into darkness, providing one other spectacular spectacle as automobiles illuminated the snowbanks and snow/ice-covered roads, with tyre administration and stud retention taking part in an influential position.
 

Tänak and Järveoja set the quickest time on the opening run by way of Mustalampi however then misplaced out within the subsequent stage after getting caught in a snowbank. The crew bounced again instantly to finish the morning loop with one other win, persevering with their spectacular tempo into the afternoon.
 

Neuville and Wydaeghe made additional enhancements to their communication in the course of the day, in simply the second WRC occasion of their new partnership. They had been second to their Estonian colleagues in SS3 and SS6, which allowed them to leapfrog Breen and Nagle into third place. The Belgians ended Saturday with a mighty time in SS8, profitable the stage by 12.3 seconds in one other Hyundai 1-2. An thrilling remaining day beckons within the Arctic Circle.
 


Crew Notes: Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (#8 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

•    Three extra stage wins helped hold the Estonians on high of the classification

•    Main the rally with a bonus of 24.1 seconds and two phases remaining
 

Tänak stated: “All in all, the whole lot has gone to plan right now. We had an excellent morning, however the phases had been very demanding, extremely quick and there are at all times locations the place the tempo notes should not 100%. This afternoon, we took all of the tyres we had, and we used all of them; it was essential simply to get by way of and never make any errors.

We had been pushing on the primary loop, however we needed to come back by way of the ultimate phases of the day cleanly. The final one was nonetheless fairly irritating on the tyres, however we accomplished it with no bother and that was the goal.”
 


Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

•    Belgian crew moved as much as third place early within the afternoon loop

•    A surprising time in SS8 (Siikakäma 2) noticed them minimize the hole to second place to 1.8-seconds
 

 

Neuville said: “I’m completely satisfied on the finish of the afternoon’s phases which went nicely; we had good tyre administration and I feel we had been quickest over the loop. I used to be a bit shocked to see the hole was so massive after that remaining stage to be trustworthy. It was undoubtedly higher than this morning. I anticipated a greater run on the opening loop as a result of the automotive was working nicely however I couldn’t take all of the dangers attributable to some communications points.

Martijn and I’ve been making some enhancements however there’s extra to come back. The primary goal tomorrow is to deliver dwelling a double podium for Hyundai Motorsport. The stage is a special profile to these we’ve accomplished up to now however the automotive has been working nicely, I’ve been feeling snug and if our communication is working nicely, then we’ll go for it.”
 


Crew Notes: Craig Breen/Paul Nagle (#42 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

•    A troublesome day for the Irish crew noticed them drop from second to fourth

•    Their efficiency nonetheless ensured all three Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC automobiles stay within the top-four
 

Breen stated: “It’s been a irritating day, however we’re nonetheless in fourth so it’s not too dangerous. You should be on the absolute high of your recreation in these situations. I began the primary stage this morning nicely, obtained right into a rhythm however then made a couple of errors, obtained sucked into a couple of snowbanks and misplaced the momentum. That upset the loop, actually. I haven’t pushed on these situations for a very long time and the tempo notes weren’t as quick as they wanted to be.

I’ve tried my finest to handle issues – together with the tyres – however it’s tough after I don’t have any reference factors. On the ultimate stage, Thierry set an unbelievable time however in comparison with these round us we weren’t too distant. I do know we are able to do it. The uncooked pace is there; it’s simply getting the opposite refinements so as. The plan now’s to maintain maintain of fourth and assess the scenario to see what we do within the Energy Stage.”
 

Crew Principal Andrea Adamo stated: “In abstract, I must say it has not been a foul day for us with Ott persevering with to steer and Thierry preventing again into the provisional podium positions. It has been good to see their performances and I’m certain they are going to nonetheless push for extra tomorrow. Nevertheless, it has been unhappy to see Craig slip again to fourth, not good for us or for him.

I’d additionally prefer to say nicely accomplished to Oliver [Solberg, who is driving a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC this weekend] for what he has accomplished up to now. We requested him to take pleasure in himself and it definitely seems like he has accomplished that.”  
 

Sunday at a look

•    The 22.47km Aittajärvi stage can be run twice on the ultimate day of Arctic Rally Finland with further factors accessible on the second try, the Energy Stage

•    There can be no service between the phases as crews goal to deliver their automobiles dwelling safely to attain essential factors for the drivers’ and producers’ championships.
 

Classification after Day Two
 
1    O. Tänak    M. Järveoja    Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC    1:43:32.1
2    Okay. Rovanperä    J. Halttunen    Toyota Yaris WRC    +24.1
3    T. Neuville    M. Wydaeghe    Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC    +25.9
4    C. Breen     P. Nagle    Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC    +53.4
5    E. Evans    S. Martin    Toyota Yaris WRC    +1:03.5
6    O. Solberg    S. Marshall    Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC    +1:26.8
7    T. Katsuta    D. Barritt    Toyota Yaris WRC    +1:34.4
8    T. Suninen    M. Markkula    Ford Fiesta WRC    +1:49.3
9    G. Greensmith    E. Edmondson    Ford Fiesta WRC    +3:01.8

 
Thomas Villette,    Nicoletta Russo – pictures Hyundai

 
 

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