Hyundai Motorsport has taken an early provisional lead of Rallye Monte-Carlo

Hyundai Motorsport has taken an early provisional lead of Rallye Monte-Carlo

21.01.2021: ...as the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) gets underway • Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja began their second season as a Hyundai Motorsport crew with two stage wins, to hold a 3.3-second advantage


...as the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) gets underway




•    Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja began their second season as a Hyundai Motorsport crew with two stage wins, to hold a 3.3-second advantage


•    Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe completed Thursday in fourth place in their first WRC event together, with Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio in sixth.
 




Hyundai Motorsport has begun the defence of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ title with a solid first day of action at the opening round of the 2021 season, Rallye Monte-Carlo.
 


After the start in Gap earlier this afternoon, crews began their 2021 campaigns in earnest with two stages held on wet tarmac roads: Saint Disdier - Corps (SS1 20.58km) and Saint Maurice - Saint Bonnet (SS2 20.78km).
 


Starting a new season wipes the slate clean and it was Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja who scored the first stage wins of 2021 in their Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. The Estonians got their second season with Hyundai Motorsport off to a flyer with a three-second advantage in the Saint Disdier-Corps test and setting the fastest time in Saint Maurice - Saint Bonnet by 0.3s.
 


For last year’s Monte-Carlo winner Thierry Neuville, the opening stages were a valuable opportunity to get acquainted with new co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe. The Belgian pair ended Thursday in fourth overall at the start of an intense learning weekend. Meanwhile, Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio hold sixth spot in their final event together as a WRC crew.
 


In addition to re-familiarising themselves with the iconic roads in and around the French Alps, crews also had their first competitive outing with the new Pirelli tyres, which will add a new technical and strategic element to this year’s championship. Tyre choice is expected to play a decisive role as Rallye Monte-Carlo develops.
 



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


•    Stage wins for the Estonians in SS1 (Saint Disdier-Corps) and SS2 (Saint Maurice-Saint Bonnet)

•    Leading the rally by 3.3-seconds with 12 stages remaining over the coming three days

 

 

 
Tänak said
: “At the start, it was looking like quite a simple start to Monte-Carlo; we never started before in daylight and with consistent conditions. The second one, with more cuts and muddy places, was very demanding and with lots of surprises.


We have more stability with the car compared to last year and definitely better feedback. Overall, in wet conditions, the Pirelli tyres have some grip and seem to have good performance but in other places, when you hit some mud or some dirt, the step is quite big. It’s something we still need to learn and get experience.”




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

•    New partnership put to the test in one of the season’s most demanding events

•    Fourth place overall, 16 seconds from the rally leader
 


 

Neuville said: “Everything went quite OK in these opening stages. It was all pretty new for Martijn in the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, driving at fast speeds, so we have to be satisfied. We didn’t know what to expect with no shakedown or testing together, but it worked well. We have some things to improve with the in-car communication over the weekend, but he has done a good job so far.



I was able to drive at a good rhythm without taking any big risks. The first stage went well but we perhaps lost a bit too much on the second one. Tomorrow is a much longer, trickier day and I expect a more difficult tyre choice; we look forward to it.”
 




Crew Notes: Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)


•    Disappointing pace from the Spaniards in the opening stages

•    Team will check the car overnight to make improvements for Friday
 

 

 

Sordo said: “This is not the way we were hoping to start this rally. I had a weird feeling from the car right from before the first stage. There was a noise that I have never heard before, perhaps in the differential, it sounded like something was not fixed properly.


We need to check to see what it is. The rally is very long and tomorrow we are expecting some different conditions but honestly, I wanted more from today. I was confident I could do well on the first stage which is why I think something is not quite right. We need to keep pushing.”

 

 

Team Principal Andrea Adamo said: “Monte-Carlo has shown its DNA today with two tricky stages to start this new season of WRC. I have to say thanks to the organisers, the FIA and the Promoter for making this rally happen considering the situation we all face.



We have some early starts ahead of us but that’s a fine compromise to run this special event. It’s early days but Ott has had a great start with two stage wins. Thierry is trying to put things together with his new co-driver Martijn, while for Dani we hope for a better performance tomorrow because today is far from the level we were hoping.”
 





Friday at a glance





•    A total of five stages will be run on Friday, including Aspremont - La Bâtie-des-Fonts (19.61km), Chalancon - Gumiane (21.62km) and Montauban-sur-l’Ouvèze - Villebois-les-Pins (22.24km).


•    All three will be run as a complete loop starting in dark, early morning conditions with the opening test at 6h10 local time.


•    Lunchtime service in Gap will precede a re-run of the two opening stages as the day’s schedule concludes in the early afternoon.


•    At 104.70km, Friday will cover the longest stage distance of any individual day of the rally.
 

 

 

Classification after Day One
 
1    O. Tänak    M. Järveoja    Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC    24:17.5
2    K. Rovanperä    J. Halttunen    Toyota Yaris WRC    +3.3
3    E. Evans    S. Martin    Toyota Yaris WRC    +8.5
4    T. Neuville    M. Wydaeghe    Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC    +16.0
5    S. Ogier    J. Ingrassia    Toyota Yaris WRC    +16.9
6    D. Sordo    C. del Barrio     Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC    +42.7
7    P. L. Loubet    V. Landais    Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC    +1:07.8




 
Thomas Villette    ,Nicoletta Russo photos Hyundai
 




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