The Rally Germany is a proof of fond memories for Hyundai. Among the vineyards of Trier and the military runways ‘Panzerplatte’ came the first win for the Hyundai i20 WRC in 2014, for the hand of Thierry Neuville. Dani Sordo was second. A year later, both pilots were at the gates of the podium, a situation that is expected to amend in the renewed rally central. With the team headquarters in Alzenau, the Rally of Germany is the appointment of house for a computer that will be the main threat of a Volkswagen Motorsport that starts as big favorite to victory.
Thierry Neuville knows what is to win in the Rally of Germany, a factor to be taken into account despite starting in the fifth position during the first two days: “Germany is a critical point of the season for me. Is my rally ‘from home’, very close to the border with Belgium. Many fans come to encourage me with lots of flags of our country. In the background is the rally that we expect throughout the season, and it is a test in which we have always been competitive. we Got our first win here, so I hope that we can repeat”.
Dani Sordo has also gained in Germany, although the spaniard did so with the Citroën DS3 WRC in 2013. Be that as it may, the Spanish rider only look to the front to compete in a test in which you return after the injury suffered in the vertebrae and that caused him to miss the always iconic Rally Finland: “We are very happy with the car after the test. We were able to test in conditions that are typical of this rally. I am sure that we have a good set point to be ahead. It is one of our favorite events. Is a rally very hard, very fast and with different characteristics“.
“it Is exciting to drive among the vineyards, in their rapid and narrow
sections, with many forks and curves. The military roads are very
difficult, especially in the wet”. In this aspect, Dani Sordo draw a
of the keys of the test to assess their options: “it Is very
important not to make errors, as these are paid very expensive. We have gone
very well here in the past and we want a good result“. However, Dani
Deaf will have on your against your position of departure, and the dirt that
rise of the six drivers that will precede in the first two
days of the rally.
Hayden Paddon is the pilot with the least experience on asphalt and yet holds the best place of departure. After testing the Hyundai i20 WRC 2017 in a test shared with Kevin Abbring, the pilot new zealand has had time to get to the wheel of a GT car in asphalt to improve his driving on this surface. Pilot of a perfectionist, as few, Paddon completed 120 laps on a circuit: “is Not my area favorite, but it is something that I have to learn. I have to consider this rally as an opportunity to improve from the point at which I left it last year”.
Fourth in the overall standings of the WRC after finishing inside the top five in the rapid rally of Poland and Finland, Hayden Paddon will try to reap a good result on the asphalt, still their best result to date in fifth place achieved in the Tour de Corse 2015: “Germany is a rally very unique and characteristic amongst the vineyards, with their military areas, and some public roads as well. In reality, there are three asphalt rallies in one, so that we don’t have another thing to look forward to this new challenge with enthusiasm”.