Hyundai's title defence begins at Monte Carlo Rally

Hyundai's title defence begins at Monte Carlo Rally

17.01.2020: Ambitions heightened for 2020 We are aiming to start our defence of the WRC manufacturers’ title in style as Rally Monte-Carlo gets the 2020 season underway.

Ambitions heightened for 2020

We are aiming to start our defence of the WRC manufacturers’ title in style as Rally Monte-Carlo gets the 2020 season underway.

‘Monte’ will offer a unique challenge for our three crews with stages held at varying altitudes, in unpredictable weather conditions and with some captivating night stages. Any combination of snow, ice and dry/wet tarmac are possible, making tyre choice and concentration levels critical to success.

After a title-winning 2019 season, we are determined to go one better this coming year. “We have made no secret of our ambitions to win both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ championships in 2020,” said our Team Principal Andrea. “Our focus will be on maximising the reliability and performance of the car to fight at the front at every event.”

Crews in control

Our three crews – Thierry/Nicolas, Ott/Martin and Sébastien/Daniel – are well versed in the complexities of Monte-Carlo. In 2019, our Belgian crew scored our best-ever result in the Principality to date, finishing just 2.2-seconds from the rally winner.

“Rallye Monte-Carlo kicks off the season and we are straight into the dark stages,” said Thierry. “It’s a very tough event, and tyre choice is crucial. There’s a lot of hesitation and you need good pace notes, as well as accurate information from your weather crew.”

Newcomers to our team, Estonians Ott and Martin, have three consecutive podiums in Monte. “The start of a new year begins with probably the most demanding event of the season,” said Ott. “To make it even more challenging, we have a new team and a new car to learn while tackling the tricky conditions.”

Seven-time Monte winners Sébastien and Daniel were in contention for third place with the i20 Coupe WRC in 2019. “You need to find the right rhythm to be fast without taking major risks,” said Sébastien. “This rally you need to approach with your head; it’s not just flat out, it’s a question of reflection.”

First outing for WRC 2 pair

The opening event of the season will also see our i20 R5 ’20 in action with our two WRC 2 crews, run by RedGrey Team. Norwegian-Swedish crew Ole Christian/Jonas and Russians Nikolay/Yaroslav are already proven entities in the WRC 2 category and are tasked with powering the i20 R5 ’20 to new heights.

“It will be the first time we have run the car in a competitive scenario,” said Ole Christian. “We are confident we can utilise our existing experience of the R5 category to bring home a good result.”

Nikolay added:
“After weeks and months of preparation, we are raring to go for Rallye Monte-Carlo. It will be no easy task, but we have done everything we can to ensure we are ready for the challenge ahead.”

Action at Rallye Monte-Carlo begins on Thursday with an opening ceremony in Monaco followed by two night-time stages. Friday is the longest day, with two loops of three stages totalling over 125km. Saturday moves to the north- and south-east of the Gap Service Park, with two stages run twice each, before crews return to Monaco for the final four stages on Sunday.

- Hyundai also photos


17.01.2020 / MaP

More News

Toyota Yaris WRC Rallye Monte Carlo preview
Toyota Yaris WRC trio start a new chapter with a classic challenge The all-new driver line-up of Sébastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä will look to make a positive start aboard the Toyota Yaris WRC when the 2020 FIA World Rally Ch more >>
ERC3 winner Florian Bernardi chosen by Renault to lead Rallye Monte-Carlo
Florian Bernardi, a winner in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 category, will get to lead Rallye Monte-Carlo, no less.Bernardi has been chosen by Renault Sport to drive the all-new Renault Clio 5 Rally on the world championship se more >>
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team at Tokyo Auto Salon to launch the 2020 WRC season
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team is launching its 2020 campaign at the Tokyo Auto Salon (January 10-12), with its all-new driver line-up of Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia, Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin and Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen presented together with more >>
WRC action for the Citroen C3 R5 in 2020
Citroën Racing is to continue competing in the FIA World Rally Championship in association with its leading C3 R5 customers, beginning with this month’s Rallye Monte-Carlo and concluding in November in Japan after taking in many of the WRC’s classic fixtures. more >>
Rhys Yates joins M-Sport Ford in WRC2
M-Sport Ford will run a pair of EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5 MkIIs in the FIA World Rally Championship’s premier support series this year – Britain’s Rhys Yates teaming up with Adrien Fourmaux for a full campaign in the WRC 2 category.  more >>
M-Sport livery reveal - Another eye-catching creation
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs will be adorned with a striking new livery this year – Graphic Designer Phil Dixon delivering another eye-catching creation for the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship. Dixon&rsquo more >>
M-Sport and Sparco continue partnership
M-Sport and Sparco enjoy an established and successful partnership, and the two companies are delighted to announce a two-year continuation of their long-standing relationship. A passion for motorsport underlies both companies, and together they have ach more >>
Adrien Fourmaux set for WRC2
French talent Adrien Fourmaux will team up with M-Sport Ford this year – taking to the wheel of the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5 MkII for a campaign in the FIA World Rally Championship’s premier support series, WRC 2. Like Evans and Greens more >>
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team - Young and ambitious for 2020
Driver announcement 2020Esapekka Lappi will join forces with Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith this season as the M Sport Ford World Rally Team put youth at the head of their FIA World Rally Championship campaign. Taki more >>
Pirelli to supply World Rally Championship from 2021 to 2024
The Italian firm will aso supply several national and regional Rally Championships throughout the World, underlining its leadership at the top of the SportPirelli has been chosen by the FIA, world motorsport’s governing body, as the s more >>
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team 2019 season review
Looking back on the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team had much to be proud of – the passion and dedication of the Cumbrian squad producing some stand-out moments over the past twelve months. Malcolm Wilson more >>
Takamoto Katsuta to make more Yaris WRC starts in 2020
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge Program takes another significant step in 2020, with Japanese driver Takamoto Katsuta set to drive a Toyota Yaris WRC on eight FIA World Rally Championship events. Katsuta began 2019 by contesting seven WRC roun more >>
‘PEDRO’ confirms Fiesta for 2020
‘Pedro’ and co-driver Emanuele Baldaccini will continue their FIA World Rally Championship adventure with the M-Sport family next year – contesting the WRC 3 support series with the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5 MkII. Having com more >>
Who will be M-Sport Ford Rally team's driver for 2020?
Craig BreenHas already won two world titles (2011 WRC Academy and 2012 SWRC) in M-Sport-built machinery and is well known to the team. Might have something sorted at Hyundai, but would always be welcome in Cumbria.Gus Greensmi more >>
The 2020 ADAC Rallye Deutschland pre-sale is on
- Discounts for ADAC members and early birds! •    FIA WRC passes - the perfect Christmas gift •    ADAC members can save almost 30% until the end of December - if they act fast • &nb more >>
Thank you Elfyn Evans - M-Sport Ford Rally Team
M-Sport Ford would like to say a fond farewell to Elfyn Evans who ventures to pastures new ahead of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship. The Welshman has long been a part of the M Sport family, and a perfect example of Ford’s, ‘Ladder of Opportunity,’ in action.  more >>
Ogier, Evans and Rovanperä: An exciting new line-up to drive the Toyota Yaris WRC in 2020
(From left)Elfyn Evans, Sébastien Ogier, Tommi Mäkinen, and Kalle Rovanperä The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team is pleased to confirm an exciting, all-new driver line-up for the 2020 season. Six-time FIA Wo more >>
Ford becomes official partner of FIA JUNIOR WRC
The iconic blue oval joins FIA Junior WRC as an official partner for 2020. Working with M-Sport Poland, Ford Performance assisted with thedevelopment of the EcoBoost-powered Fiesta R2T – the car that is exclusively used by all FIA Junior WRC compe more >>
Citroen puts an end to its presence in WRC
Following the decision of Sébastien Ogier to leave Citroën Racing after 2019 WRC season, Citroën decided to withdraw from its WRC programme in 2020 due to the absence of a first-class driver available for 2020 season.Citr more >>
WRC family supports fire-ravaged community in Australia
•       World Rally Championship aids bushfire victims in Australia•       Stars provide support for fire-hit community around rally’s host town•       Fundraising initiatives launched following Rally Australia cancellation more >>
Central Rally Aichi / Gifu2019 Takamoto Katsuta and Toyota Yaris WRC claim overall win
14.11.2019 WRC trial event held on the home soilTOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge Program driver Takamoto Katsuta co-driven by Daniel Barritt took the overall win in their Toyota Yaris WRC on Central Rally Aichi / Gifu 2019. The event took place from November 7 to 10 in Aichi and Gifu prefectures in Japan as a test event in preparation for hosting the final round of the F more >>
Comment from Akio Toyoda
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team, on the final round of FIA World Rally Championship First of all, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the people affected by the wild fires happening in eastern Australia.I also want to express my appreciation to all the fire fighters and emergency workers for the difficult and important w more >>
Rally Australia cancelled
Kennards Hire Rally Australia, the final round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, will not go ahead this week as a result of serious bushfires that continue to affect much of northern New South Wales.    Organisers anno more >>
Esapekka Lappi notebook for Australia Rally
WRC Rally Championship Kennards Hire Rally Australia 14 – 17 November 2019Ever since he first competed down under back in 2013, as part of the highly instructive Asia Pacific championship, Esapekka has enjoyed the beautiful Australian more >>
WRC Australia Rally schedule
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPAUSTRALIA RALLY 2019THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER8.00am: Shakedown (5,09 km)4.30pm: SS1 – Destination NSW SSS19 1 (1,33 km)4.40pm: SS 2 – Destination NSW SSS19 2 (1,33 km) more >>
Citroen determined to end the WRC 2019 season like it started
The Citroën Total World Rally Team will be aiming to get back on the podium at the conclusion of the WRC season in Australia and with Sébastien Ogier – Julien Ingrassia and Esapekka Lappi – Janne Ferm leading the charge, it has every chance of doing just that. more >>
Toyota Gazoo Racing goes all-in for another title in Australia
Having clinched the FIA World Rally Championship titles for drivers’ and co-drivers’ with Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja at the penultimate round of the season in Spain, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team heads to the finale in Australia (November 14-17) with a clear aim: To achieve a hat-trick of titles by retaining the manufacturers’ crown it claim more >>
Hyundai Motorsport aiming high down under
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019AUSTRALIA RALLYLooking to secure our maiden WRC titleOur team heads to Australia for the 14th and final round of an action-packed 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) s more >>
Three Fiestas at the Finale in Australia
The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team will field three EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs as they do battle for the top results at next week’s Rally Australia – the final round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship.  more >>
Rally Italia Sardegna doubles - Start fro Olbia, headquarter in Alghero
The Italian round of the World Rally Championship doubles its location in 2020. From coast to coast. The rally will kick-off from the North-East with the opening ceremony and the initial part of the event in Olbia. The rest will stay in more >>
FIA Junior WRC Championship goes global in 2020
The five-round calendar for the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship has been revealed* including two new rounds with three returning from the 2019 calendar.*(subject to FIA World Motorsport Council approval)Each round of the 2020 FIA Junior WRC more >>
Progress on gravel and asphalt in Katsuta’s second top-level start
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge Program driver Takamoto Katsuta gained further experience in the FIA World Rally Championship’s only true mixed-surface event, the Rally de España, showing strong progress on both gravel and asphalt in his second start at the sport’s top level in a Toyota Yaris WRC.   more >>
Ott Tänak takes historic first WRC title with the Toyota Yaris WRC
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team driver Ott Tänak and his co-driver Martin Järveoja have made history by securing their first FIA World Rally Championship titles with a stunning second place finish on Rally de España.   more >>
Jan Kopecky and Kalle Rovanperä crown season for SKODA by securing the WRC 2 Pro manufacturers’ title*
› With one more round to go in the FIA World Rally Championship 2019, ŠKODA is uncatchable in the race for the WRC 2 Pro manufacturers’ title*› In Spain, Jan Kopecký/Jan Hloušek (ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo) took second category place ahead of newly crowned WRC 2 Pro drivers’ champions* Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Haltt more >>
M-Sport Ford show potential in Spain
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen showed their potential at this weekend’s RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España, but the Cumbrian squad had hoped for more on the FIA World Rally Championship’s only mixed-surface event.  more >>
Junior WRC Champion Jan Solans makes successful WRC2 debut
2019 FIA Junior WRC Champions, Jan Solans and Mauro Barreiro, made their WRC 2 category debut in the EcoBoost powered M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 on 2019 Rally de Catalunya. The Spanish crew’s sole target was to complete every stage of the on more >>
Retirements in Spain
  0     FRA A. FOURMAUX     BEL R. JAMOUL     ADRIEN FOURMAUXFiesta R5     WRC2     RC2     SF2    MECHANICAL94   &nb more >>
Ott Tänak crowned FIA World Rally Champion in Spain
 Ott Tänak became the first Estonian to win the FIA World Rally Championship in a tense finale to Spain’s RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España on Sunday afternoon.He snatched second place in the closing more >>
Spain Rally overall standings - Neuville victorious
WRC RALLYESRALLY ESPANA 2019Sunday, October 27th 20191.     11     BEL T. NEUVILLE     3:07:39.6         2.     8    more >>



Jobs Around the World

2001-2020 full copyright