Hyundai Motorsport prepared for fierce WRC championship defence in 2021

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Hyundai Motorsport ready for fierce WRC championship defence in 2021

15.01.2021: • Two-time FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) producers’ champions Hyundai Motorsport will goal a hat-trick of titles because it embarks on its eighth season within the sport


• 4 drivers are set to compete for the workforce in 2021 – Ott Tänak, Thierry Ne


•    Two-time FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) producers’ champions Hyundai Motorsport will goal a hat-trick of titles because it embarks on its eighth season within the sport

 

•    4 drivers are set to compete for the workforce in 2021 – Ott Tänak, Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo, Craig Breen – all vying for glory within the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

•    The 2021 season would be the closing yr with present specification WRC equipment and is scheduled to go to new territories and previous favourites.

Reigning producers’ champions Hyundai Motorsport will goal each FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) titles in 2021, as the corporate embarks on its eighth season competing on the pinnacle of worldwide rally.
 

The workforce will mount a problem for the producers’ and drivers’ titles with 4 crews spearheading the marketing campaign. Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville will compete in each spherical of the 2021 season with the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, beginning with Rallye Monte-Carlo (January 21-24). Tänak continues his potent partnership with Martin Järveoja, whereas alongside Neuville within the Principality shall be his compatriot Martijn Wydaeghe.
 

Dani Sordo and Craig Breen will share a 3rd automobile. Sordo will compete at Monte-Carlo with co-driver Carlos del Barrio earlier than embarking on a brand new working relationship with Borja Rozada in additional outings, whereas Breen shall be joined by Paul Nagle.
 

The deliberate calendar is because of see groups deal with new territories and re-visit previous favourites. It’s deliberate for Kenya (June), Belgium (August) and Japan (November) to re-join the schedule, having all had their 2020 occasions cancelled on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, with fellow newcomers Arctic Rally and Croatia set to host their first WRC occasions in February and April respectively. Portugal (Might), Finland (July), Chile (September) and Spain (October) additionally make welcome returns.
 

The Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC demonstrated its competitiveness throughout all kinds of surfaces in 2020, with crews taking podiums and wins on tarmac and gravel. With the slate as soon as once more cleaned, the workforce is able to proceed its momentum into 2021 because it seeks to take a hat-trick of producers’ titles.
 

2021 would be the closing season beneath present rules, with new tyre provider Pirelli including a component of the unknown as crews enter a brand new yr of intense competitors. Hyundai Motorsport is aware of that it’ll have to be difficult for wins and podiums at each spherical, and redouble its efforts to take care of its aggressive package deal, whether it is to defend its title.
 

Workforce Principal Andrea Adamo stated: “The recipe for 2021 stays the identical: we have to maintain working as laborious as we did in earlier seasons, and we have now to be centered. We should neglect what we have now performed thus far as a result of we can’t depend on the previous – we have now to construct our future.

It’s going to take a while to be taught the nuances of those new Pirelli tyres, and the listing of challenges forward is lengthy, however we are going to attempt to handle every thing as finest as we are able to. Our method must be precisely the identical because it was within the second half of the 2020 season. We have now to combat for victory at each occasion, and we face fierce competitors. It’s a testomony of our fame in motorsport that we boast an extremely robust crew line-up to assist us obtain our targets in 2021.”
 

Estonians Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja return for his or her second season with Hyundai Motorsport, having scored a house victory and 4 particular person podiums in 2020. The goal for the 2019 drivers’ champion is to help the workforce’s effort and attempt to safe a second drivers’ title.
 

Tänak stated: “Our method is to at all times discover the utmost in ourselves and the automobile, however in fact it’s simpler to know the bounds this yr as we have now expertise of the automobile already. I hope we may have an extended and extra regular yr, so we are able to actually get again into the competitors and work mode once more.

It was not straightforward to get into the rhythm of the championship final yr, with occasions typically cancelled and changed, so loads was happening. Nonetheless, I’m pleased with how properly we managed to work along with the workforce throughout these tough instances and I consider it makes us stronger for the 2021 season. Our goal is the championship title and for that we have to rating excessive on each occasion.”
 

Thierry Neuville ensured the workforce’s title defence received off to the proper begin in 2020 with victory in Rallye Monte-Carlo. Now getting into his eighth season with Hyundai Motorsport, Neuville is aiming to place himself in competition from the very starting of the season, when he shall be joined by Martijn Wydaeghe within the co-driver’s seat.
 

Neuville stated: “In 2021 we’re going to combat for the drivers’ and producers’ championships. The producers’ shall be actually necessary for the workforce however, for myself, I wish to do every thing I can for the drivers’ title. I’ve been chasing it for a few years, and I really feel that we have now the workforce and the automobile to do it, so it’s as much as us now.

I’m happy to see Ypres Rally Belgium again on the calendar; it is going to be an actual pleasure to run in entrance of the house crowd. The workforce and I’ve an important calibration on account of our eight seasons collectively; our steady laborious work has seen us enhance yearly and introduced residence two titles for the workforce. We have now seen many different well-known drivers staying a very long time in the identical workforce and bringing again good outcomes and that’s our purpose for the longer term.”
 

Spaniards Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio will reunite for one closing outing at Rallye Monte-Carlo, earlier than Borja Rozada joins Sordo within the cockpit of the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC for his subsequent 2021 appearances. After securing a second consecutive win at Rally Italia Sardegna, Sordo is hoping for extra success this season.
 

Sordo stated: “I feel we have now been placing in excellent performances in the previous couple of seasons. My purpose is to win extra rallies and to take most factors for the producers’ championship in all of our rounds. After all, it is going to be tough altering co-driver and we are going to want a little bit little bit of time to adapt. Some issues are higher and different issues are usually not the identical as earlier than, however I’m trying ahead to the problem. Borja is a very good man and an important co-driver. For my part, he was the best choice in Spain in the intervening time.”
 

Irish crew Craig Breen and Paul Nagle will share duties with Sordo within the third automobile, with the pair trying to rating extra podium finishes after their gorgeous second place at Rally Estonia in 2020.
 


Breen stated
: “Our end in Estonia demonstrated that every thing was there, and we might actually combat on the entrance. I hope that with a extra constant program this season that we will be battling for extra podiums. The one factor that has eluded me is a win, so I’d desperately like to make that occur this yr. Bringing again the producers’ title for the third yr in a row goes to be an enormous problem. Paul and I wish to try to get pleasure from it as finest as we are able to and hopefully have an important season altogether.”
 

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