The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team got a superb result in Rally Mexico with both Hyundai i20 WRC cars completing the tough 22-stage rally in style. Belgian driver Thierry Neuville scored his firstpodium for the team in third place. Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul have been in fine form this weekend after initially battling with the gravel terrain and high altitude on the first day. Neuville put in a good showing on Saturday to edge his way into the podium positions by the end of the day and continued his fine form on the final stage to pick up 15 drivers’ points.
The team’s podium result wasn’t without drama, as Neuville’s Hyundai i20 WRC developed a radiator leak on the final stage. Neuville and Gilsoul were able to fix the leak in the road section and make it safely back to the service park to celebrate their well-earned podium result.
Neuville said: “We are incredibly happy to have scored this podium result today and especially in a rally as demanding as Mexico. We kept our heads down and focused on delivering the best results we could in each stage without going over the limit. Our objective has always been just to bring the car home and finish the rally, so to take a podium is a really nice bonus for the team, who have worked so hard.
“Having the first-hand experience of rally competition is so valuable for the team and the data we have gathered this weekend will be extremely useful in further development of the Hyundai i20 WRC and the team overall. We are delighted with this result and to have exceeded our targets. It’s been a real team effort and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved, even if there is much more to come.”
Overall Classification in Rally Mexico:
S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 4:27:41.8
J.M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +1:12.6
T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +5:28.6
E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +6:49.3
M. Prokop / J. Tománek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +9:54.4
B. Guerra / B. Rozada (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +12:57.6
7. C. Atkinson / S. Prévot (Hyundai i20 WRC) +15:15.4
M. Hirvonen / J. Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +17:06.8
M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +25:41.6
Y. Protasov / P. Cherepin (Ford Fiesta R5) +28:18.2