Hyundai Motorsport emerges stronger than ever from title-defending season

Hyundai Motorsport emerges stronger than ever from title-defending season

08.12.2020: • Hyundai Motorsport has strengthened its reputation in international motorsport with a second consecutive manufacturers’ title in the FIA World Rally Championship*

•    Hyundai Motorsport has strengthened its reputation in international motorsport with a second consecutive manufacturers’ title in the FIA World Rally Championship*

 

•    Three victories and 11 individual podium results from seven rounds of a sprint-style 2020 season enabled the team to take the title by five points


•    Team Principal Andrea Adamo looks back on the progress made by the team during a difficult season, affected by the global pandemic.
 



*subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA






Hyundai Motorsport’s second consecutive title* in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) continues the company’s impressive growth and further strengthens its reputation in international motorsport.
 


Since its 2014 entry into the WRC, Hyundai Motorsport has amassed 17 victories, including a trio of wins during this year’s interrupted season. The team’s performances in 2020 have demonstrated the strength in depth of its crew line-up and represented an improved level of competitiveness from the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC across the full range of terrains tackled in the WRC.
 


Team Principal Andrea Adamo reflects on a demanding year on-and off-event, acknowledging pivotal moments during the season that have allowed the team to emerge stronger than ever.   

 



Andrea, where do you begin in summarising this year?


“It has been a tempestuous year and I have to say the world has really changed during the course of 2020. The global situation has touched everybody in different ways, and we’ve had to place human needs first. Firstly, I am proud of my entire team for the manner in which they have dealt with this unprecedented situation.



They have been ready to make the most of every opportunity, to do whatever rallies and tests we could, to respond with passion and dedication, and to fight for this second manufacturers’ title. I am humbled by the approach shown by each and every member of our team.”
 



Looking back to the start of the season, how important was that win in Monte-Carlo?


“My reaction to that victory showed just how emotional that result was, for me personally and for the team. I have special memories of that rally, having followed it closely on the radio and in magazines in my younger years. To be there with my people, and to see Thierry and Nicolas winning, was truly amazing. It was the perfect start to the season.”
 



There were victories for three of your crews this season, how have they all worked together?



“The best thing about 2020, the biggest asset I can take away from the year, has been the way all of our crews have worked together as a team. They have all shared their impressions and experiences, pulling together in the same direction to a common goal: to improve the car and to build our championship campaign.



 We had five incredible crews - Thierry/Nicolas, Dani/Carlos, Craig/Paul, Seb/Danos and our newcomers Ott and Martin - all of whom shared key moments, whether wins or podiums, during the season. I am really happy with how they gelled and shared their insight with everyone else; it was a true team effort and I am grateful for their contributions to our title.”
 



Was there a key moment during the season where the title chase turned around?



“In my opinion, the reason why we have been crowned world champions for a second time comes down to our debrief after Rally México. We had a proper discussion after that event where we put on the table all the things that had not been working. It lasted about five hours.



We clearly traced out the ways and areas in which we had to improve, how we could give the crews the car they needed, and the direction we needed to take. It was an open and frank exchange that led to the intense job we did in lockdown and from our home offices to make important steps ahead. We came back in Estonia with a 1-2 that showed the results of that effort.”
 



How did you manage that difficult lockdown period?


“What everyone saw externally was a team regrouping and pushing hard to get its championship back on track. Beneath the surface, it was a challenging period with a very real personal effect. I had to manage the process of getting people - my people - back to their home countries, keeping everyone calm.



We had a lot of internal discussions to keep things going, to stay safe and to make sure we put our colleagues first. It was, and remains, a heart-breaking situation. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year but we hope these recent rallies have given the fans some sort of enjoyment.”
 




What is next for Hyundai Motorsport in WRC?



“With WRC, we can never stop pushing. It is important to reflect on our achievements, particularly in this challenging year, but we must already turn our attention to 2021 and to Monte-Carlo.



 We have a plan in place and a schedule to follow; we’ve seen this year that the competition is tremendously close so we can’t rest too much if we want to make it a championship hat-trick next season.”
 



*subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA





 
Thomas Villette,Nicoletta Russo- photos Hyundai

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/hyundai-motorsport-stronger-than-ever-title-defending-season---217157.html

08.12.2020 / MaP

More News

Power Stage victory at Monza to round out Katsuta’s 2020 season
07.12.2020
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program driver Takamoto Katsuta finished the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship in the perfect way by winning the Power Stage at the end of Rally Monza, achieving his maiden stage vict more >>
Hyundai Motorsport reflects on 2020 FIA World Rally Championship crown
07.12.2020
•    Hyundai Motorsport has claimed its second consecutive FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ title* after a double podium at the season finale, Rally Monza•    The team won three ev more >>
Gregoire Munster experienced a difficult Monza Rally
07.12.2020
On the final day of the Monza Rally Grégoire Munster and Louis Louka (Hyundai i20 R5) were forced the throw in the towel within sight of the finish. Just after a hairpin bend Munster drove over a steel cable resulting in the car turning over. more >>
Alpine triumphant in WRC return
07.12.2020
47 years after winning the first FIA World Rally Championship, Alpine made its return to the world stage in the 2020 season-finale. In abysmal weather conditions, Pierre Ragues and Julien Pesenti mastered the dangers of the ACI Rally Monza to lead the Alpine A110 Rally to victory in the FIA R-GT category. more >>
King Kristensson wins 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship
06.12.2020
Tom Kristensson and Joakim Sjöberg have won the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship after a commanding victory on ACI Rally Monza, the final round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship. The Swedish crew took their third Junior WRC event win of the se more >>
Mads Ostberg wins WRC2 World Title with Citroen C3 R5
06.12.2020
Mads Østberg and Torstein Eriksen wrapped up their fourth category win of the year at ACI Rally Monza to become WRC2 world champions in the C3 R5, whilst Marco Bulacia and Marcelo Der Ohannesian finished as runners-up in the WRC3 world championship.•&nb more >>
ACI Rally Monza: SKODA ends 2020 world championship season with WRC3 double victory
06.12.2020
› Norwegians Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo) win WRC3 and come home sixth overall at FIA World Rally Championship finale in Italy › ŠKODA Motorsport supported Oliver Solberg from Sweden and co-driver Aaron Johnston from Irela more >>
Ogier and Ingrassia become seven-time world champions with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
06.12.2020
Sébastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia have claimed their seventh FIA World Rally Championship titles* with victory in the Toyota Yaris WRC in an eventful deciding round of the season at Rally Monza.  Ogier has achieved his latest more >>
Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak on the podium in the World Rally Championship!
06.12.2020
Unpredictable and unique World Rally Championship season has come to an end. It turned out to be very successful for Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak: the LOTOS Rally Team crew proved their abilities, scoring a top-three position in the championship for the second time in a row! Despite the mishap in Estonia, they finished the season in third place, with victory in Turkey and runners more >>
Jari Huttunen crowned 2020 WRC 3 champion with Hyundai i20 R5
06.12.2020
•    The Finnish crew Jari Huttunen and Mikko Lukka has been crowned WRC 3 champions* with a third-place podium finish in the final event of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship season, Rally Monza   •  &nbs more >>
Ogier clinches seventh WRC title with victory in Monza
06.12.2020
 Frenchman masters difficult conditions to win another world title. Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia won their seventh FIA World Rally Championship title in eight seasons with victory at ACI Rally Monza on Sunday afternoon. more >>
Pirelli at the forefront of the Monza Rally with tyres for next years "Monte"
06.12.2020
Pirelli’s famous snow tyre, the Sottozero, made the difference at the final round of this year’s World Rally Championship, with tyre choice at the very heart of the action. Andreas Mikkelsen won the RC2 class followed by Oliver Solberg – both at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia. more >>
Hyundai Motorsport celebrates second consecutive WRC manufacturers’ title
06.12.2020
•    Hyundai Motorsport has secured its second consecutive FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ title following a double podium result in Rally Monza*•    Second place for Ott Tänak and third fo more >>
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team's Esapekka Lappi takes fourth in Monza
06.12.2020
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm bought their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC home in fourth place at this weekend’s ACI Rally Monza – equalling their best result of the season. Just as Teemu Suninen di more >>
Retirements in WRC ACI Rally Monza 2020
06.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Sunday, 6 December 2020 Retirements83     ITA L. POTENTE     ITA P. D'AGOSTINO     Fabia     None &nb more >>
ACI Rally Monza final classification top 50 - Ogier ahead of Tänak and Sordo
06.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Sunday, 6 December 2020Overall - SS16 SERRAGLIO 2 (Wolf Power Stage)   1     17     FRA S. OGIER     FRA J. INGRASSIA   more >>
WRC ACI Rally Monza final stage standings - Sebastien Ogier WRC World Champion and Hyundai Manufacturers Champion
06.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Sunday, 6 December 2020Overall - SS16 SERRAGLIO 2 (Wolf Power Stage) Sebastien Ogier is WRC World Champion Hyundai is WRC Manufacturers Champion more >>
WRC ACI Rally Monza Junior WRC, WRC3 and WRC2 Champions
06.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Sunday, 6 December 2020Tom Kristensson Junior WRC World ChampionJari Huttunen WRC3 ChampionMads Ostberg WRC2 Champion more >>
WRC ACI Rally Monza stages Sunday
06.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Sunday, 6 December 2020watch live on www.wrc.com WRC photo more >>
WRC ACI Rally Monza stage 15 full overall standings - Ogier leading Sordo and Tänak
06.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Sunday, 6 December 2020Overall - SS15 SERRAGLIO 1 (Live TV)1     17     FRA S. OGIER     FRA J. INGRASSIA   more >>
ACI Rally Monza: ŠKODA crews survive winterly mountain stages to keep 1-2 lead in WRC3
05.12.2020
› During an eventful leg 2 of the FIA World Rally Championship finale, Norwegians Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo) defend top spot in WRC3› Also driving a privately entered ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, Pontu more >>
Ogier leads in the Toyota Yaris WRC, heartache for Evans
05.12.2020
The penultimate day of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship season was a dramatic one for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team. Avoiding trouble in treacherous conditions on mountain roads, Sébastien Ogier surged into the lead of Rally Monza and will win a seventh drivers’ crown if he retains that position on the final day. more >>
Tom Kristensson close to FIA Junior WRC Championship success
05.12.2020
Tom Kristensson leads ACI Rally Monza by over two minutes on the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship finale after another dramatic day of action.  Kristensson entered the day with a two-minute lead over championship rival, Martins Sesks, who had a good opport more >>
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Esapekka Lappi still in the fight in Monza Rally
05.12.2020
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm are still in the fight for the podium positions at this weekend’s ACI Rally Monza – their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC  holding fourth place at the FIA World Rally Championship season finale.    more >>
Extreme conditions in Italy, Kajetanowicz and Szczepaniak in fifth position
05.12.2020
Extreme conditions on Saturday brought plenty of excitement to all competitors and fans, following intense action during Rally Monza. Rain – also snow and ice at higher altitudes – made the driving very difficult and punished every mistake. Many crews made errors, while Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak tried to fight and despite unfortunate tyre choice for the first loop, more >>
Ogier poised for seventh WRC title
05.12.2020
Evans crashes amid tough conditions in Monza. Sébastien Ogier moved within touching distance of a seventh FIA World Rally Championship title after an extraordinary day at ACI Rally Monza on Saturday.The Frenchman completed more >>
Hyundai Motorsport closes day with second and third positions in Rally Monza
05.12.2020
•    Hyundai Motorsport has completed the penultimate day of Rally Monza, the final round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship, in second and third positions as the title fight heats up •    Dani Sordo scor more >>
WRC ACI Rally Monza stage 13 final standings Saturday - Ogier leads Sordo after day 2 in snowy Italy
05.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Saturday, 5 December 2020Overall - SS13 PZERO GRAND PRIX 2   For the final 3 stages in ACI Rally Monza we will see a close fight between Sebastien Ogier and Dani Sordo. more >>
WRC ACI Rally Monza stage 12 full overall standings Ogier leads, Münster on 16th
05.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Saturday, 5 December 2020Overall - SS12 COSTA VALLE IMAGNA 2   1     17     FRA S. OGIER     FRA J. INGRASSIA     Y more >>
WRC ACI Rally Monza stage 11 overall standings top 12 - Ogier retakes the lead from Sordo
05.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Saturday, 5 December 2020Overall - SS11 GEROSA 2 (Live TV) 1     17     FRA S. OGIER     FRA J. INGRASSIA     Ya more >>
WRC ACI Rally Monza stage 10 stopped and cancelled after crash
05.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Saturday, 5 December 2020Overall - SS10 SELVINO 2 SS10 has been stopped and cancelled after a crash for Veiby blocked the road. SS11 is rescheduled for 14:48 CET. The crew is ok! more >>
Retirements in WRC ACI Rally Monza to stage 8
05.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Saturday, 5 December 2020 Retirements83     ITA L. POTENTE     ITA P. D'AGOSTINO     more >>
WRC ACI Rally Monza stage 9 overall standings, Ogier retakes lead ahead of Sordo and Evans
05.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Saturday, 5 December 2020Overall - SS9 COSTA VALLE IMAGNA 1 1     17     FRA S. OGIER     FRA J. INGRASSIA     Yaris WRC   more >>
WRC ACI Rally Monza stage 8 overall standings- Dani Sordo retakes the lead in Italy
05.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Saturday, 5 December 2020Overall - SS8 GEROSA 1 (Live TV) 1     6     ESP D. SORDO     ESP C. DEL BARRIO     i20 Coupé WR more >>
WRC ACI Rally Monza stage 7 classification, Ogier ahead of Sordo and Evans
05.12.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPACI RALLY MONZA4-6 December 2020Saturday, 5 December 2020Overall - SS7 SELVINO 1 1     17     FRA S. OGIER     FRA J. INGRASSIA     Yaris WRC more >>
ACI Rally Monza: Clever tactics pays off as SKODA crews lead WRC2 and WRC3 after first leg
05.12.2020
› After Friday stages of the FIA World Rally Championship finale, Swedish crew Pontus Tidemand/Patrik Barth (ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo) is on course to WRC2 title   › Driving a privately entered ŠKODA FABIA Ral more >>
Sordo snatches Friday lead from Lappi amidst Monza monsoons
04.12.2020
Ogier third and title leader Evans fourth ahead of tricky weekend conditions. Dani Sordo grabbed a slender lead at ACI Rally Monza on Friday night after a ding-dong daylong battle with Esapekka Lappi on waterlogged roads.Spaniard Sordo more >>
Kajetanowicz and Szczepaniak among the frontrunners in Rally Monza
04.12.2020
  The LOTOS Rally Team crew completed the second day of Rally Monza in fifth position in the WRC-3 standings. Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak showed consistent and good pace today, avoiding mistakes on difficult special more >>
Advantage Kristensson after full day of action in Monza
04.12.2020
Tom Kristensson has a sizeable lead on ACI Rally Monza in the fight for the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship.  Title rivals Sami Pajari and Martins Sesks piled the pressure on the four-time Junior WRC event winner in the opening stages until being tripped up by the treache more >>

Kategorien

2001-2022 automobilsport.com full copyright