Hyundai Motorsport is immersed in a huge battle for the drivers title thanks to Thierry Neuville and the title trademark of the WRC. Despite this, the Korean manufacturer come to a stage that he has resisted until now, every time that none of their riders have stepped on the podium of the Rally of Finland since the brand landed in the championship in 2014. Therefore, the great goal of Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon is to break this streak and continue with the successful season that the brand is taking with the new Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe.
In the four years of competition of Hyundai in the WRC, the brand has achieved at least a podium in every race of the calendar, except in the Rally of Finland. For this reason, the brand is determined to end with this data in one of the best moments for the team. However, the brand comes to get the victory, the second and the fourth place in the Rally of Poland, which has been a morale booster for the team, straight-sided final of the World Championship of Rallies.
Thierry Neuville if you know what it is to climb the podium at the Rally of Finland, who was second with a Ford Fiesta in 2013. However, that is left behind, and the belgian is only thinking of the fight with Ogier for the championship: “Finland may be a rally complicated. The margin of error is small due to the high speeds and the complexity of their tracks, but we are confident of being able to present a good show. We expect that the performance of the team can be a catalyst to get another success in the face at the end of the season“.
Dani Sordo has not had much fortune in the Rally of Finland, to such an extent that in 2016 missed the test through injury. His best result in this test are the two fourthplace that harvested consecutively in 2008 and 2009, when he competed for team Citroën Total WRT: “We were very close to the podium in the last Rally of Poland, so we are hopeful of being able to get here, as we escaped the triplet. Until now, it has been a season of fortunes mixed for us, with some positive results and some difficult times. I Hope in Finland we touch the first“.
For his part, Hayden Paddon feel a ‘feeling special’ with this rally. The new zealander is almost a specialist in this type of quick tests and after reaching the podium in 2016 and 2017 at the Rally of Poland, the driver of Hyundai wants to close the circle in the Rally of Finland: “This is a rally that I love, because it is very fast and it has a lot of history. It’s good to have some experience, especially if you consider the speeds that we are going to achieve and the jumps and hard cornering you have this rally. We are eager to return to criss-cross these stages“.