News


World Rally Championship

Recharged and ready for Wales GB

Preview: Championship fight intensifies in round 11


Preview: Championship fight intensifies in round 11

They say it’s not what happens but how you respond to it that counts. We are ready to prove that is the case as we head to Wales Rally GB, the 11th round of the WRC season, after some recent tough luck.

Although we scored our tenth podium of the year in Turkey, thanks to an intelligent drive from Hayden and Seb, we were forced to relinquish our lead in the manufacturers’ championship. There are now just five points between us and Toyota with three rallies remaining.

Missed opportunities

“Turkey was a missed opportunity for us to assert our authority,” said our Team Principal Michel. “We have to approach Wales Rally GB with a strong mentality and utmost determination, to show what we are capable of.”

We have never won in Wales Rally GB, but we’re certainly on an upward trajectory. Fourth in 2014 and 2015, third in 2016 and second place last year means our sights are set on the top spot this time around!

Crews will have to tackle a completely different terrain and climate to the punishing Turkish plains. They must navigate through fast tree-lined routes deep into the Welsh forest.

“I have had two podiums in a row in Wales, so it would be nice to continue that streak,” said Thierry. “After the disappointment of Turkey, the championship fight is definitely on!”

Weathering the storm

The Great British autumnal weather, something familiar to Hayden’s British co-driver Seb, will undoubtedly play a role.

“There is often rain, mud and fog to contend with,” says Hayden. “It adds character to a very enjoyable but taxing rally. We’ve never really fulfilled our potential but I’m going to set out to correct that this time.”

Our Norwegian Andreas and Anders are hoping for better luck after being forced out from a 40-second lead of Rally Turkey.

“It is important to take away the positives,” said Andreas. “Everything felt more relaxed and we had a good feeling in the car. That’s what we take with us to Wales, an event I enjoy greatly.”

This year’s 23-stage event – held three weeks earlier than last season Β– will kick off on Thursday 4th October with a charge through the super special stage at the Tir Prince Raceway.

SHARE:

Stay tunedSocial Stream →

Follow Us on Twitter

Recent WRC News

Latest Video

Instagram Photos / Story

  • @craigbreen__ marked his i20 R5 debut with five stage wins out of nine and overall victory πŸ† on the @ulsterrally to clinch the Irish tarmac rally championship. 🍾
#Hyundai #HMSGOfficial #HyundaiMotorsportCustomerRacing #HyundaiMotorsport #i20 #R5 #i20R5 #ITRC #rallying #rally #ireland #tarmac #craigbreen #winning #UlsterRally #racecar #car #motorsport #racing #instacar #instapic #instagood
  • @max.hesse completes a perfect points scoring @adactcrgermany weekend at the @nuerburgring.
After finishing 2nd to guest driver @thierryneuville yesterday Hesse took victory in the dramatic, rain shortened Race 2 in his @hyundai_de backed i30 N TCR as Neuville finished 6th.
#Hyundai #HMSGOfficial #HyundaiMotorsport #HyundaiMotorsportCustomerRacing #motorsport #nurburgring #TCRGermany #i30 #i30N #TCR #i30NTCR #racing #racecar #winning #rain #maxhesse #thierryneuville #wrc #rallying #rally #car #carsofinstagram #result #news #instacar #instapic #instagood
  • The guest is the best!! πŸ†
@thierryneuville takes a sensational win in @adactcrgermany πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Race 1 at the @nuerburgring on his circuit racing debut.
Max Hesse completes a fantastic i30 N TCR πŸ₯‡πŸ₯ˆ to boost his championship challenge.
#Hyundai #HMSGOfficial #HyundaiMotorsportCustomerRacing #HyundaiMotorsport #thierryneuville #i30 #i30N #TCR #i30NTCR #TCRGermany #nurburgring #touringcar #winning #victory #motorsport #racecar #wrc #rally #rallying #racing #car #carsofinstagram #instacar #instapic #instagood
  • @thierryneuville stuns 🀩 the @adactcrgermany πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ field to take pole position at the @nuerburgring in the @hyundai_de guest car. Fellow i30 N TCR driver and Thierry's teammate for the weekend Max Hesse will start alongside.
#Hyundai #HMSGOfficial #HyundaiMotorsportCustomerRacing #HyundaiMotorsport #i30 #i30N #TCR #i30NTCR #TouringCar #TCRGermany #Nurburgring #qualifying #poleposition #motorsport #car #racecar #thierryneuville #maxhesse #winning #carsofinstagram #instacar #instapic #instagood
  • Jumping into the weekend like... πŸš€ @rallyfinland #TGIF
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#HMSGOfficial #WRC #Hyundai #GameOn #NesteRallyFinland #i20CoupeWRC #i20 #instagood #rallying #WRCLive #motorsport #instavideo #instadaily #instalikes #rally #carsofinstagram #instacool #RallyFinland
  • For @thierryneuville the @nuerburgring @adactcrgermany πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ weekend starts today. Some final tests to fine tune the i30 N TCR before the practice sessions tomorrow morning. @hyundai_de
#HMSGOfficial #Hyundai #HyundaiMotorsportCustomerRacing #HyundaiMotorsport #i30 #i30N #i30NTCR #TCRGermany #thierryneuville #hyundaiteamengstler #nurburgring #racecar #motorsport #car #wrc #rallying #rally #instacar #instapic #instagood.
  • #TBT to the action of @rallyfinland! Onboard with @thierryneuville & @nicolasgilsoul - wait for the jump at the end πŸ™ˆπŸš€
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#HMSGOfficial #WRC #Hyundai #GameOn #NesteRallyFinland #i20CoupeWRC #i20 #instagood #rallying #WRCLive #motorsport #instavideo #instadaily #instalikes #rally #carsofinstagram #instacool #RallyFinland #OBC
  • @max.hesse added his name to the list of drivers to have won in the i30 N TCR last weekend. πŸ†
He drove from 6th to take his first @adactcrgermany πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ victory with Hyundai Team Engstler in Race 1 at @circuitzandvoort 🍾. Who will be the next i30 N TCR driver to take a first win?
#Hyundai #HMSGOfficial #HyundaiMotorsportCustomerRacing #HyundaiMotorsport #i30 #i30N #TCR #i30NTCR #TouringCar #TCRGermany #ADACTCRGermany #Zandvoort #Netherlands #MaxHesse #hyundaiteamengstler #winning #action #victory #car #motorsport #racecar #caroftheday #carsofinstagram #carporn #instacar #instapic #instagood
  • Stage WIN βœ… πŸ‘€ Onboard with @amikkelsenrally & @andersjgraml as they fly through SS19 @rallyfinland βœˆοΈπŸ‘
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#HMSGOfficial #WRC #Hyundai #GameOn #NesteRallyFinland #i20CoupeWRC #i20 #instagood #rallying #WRCLive #motorsport #instavideo #instadaily #instalikes #rally #carsofinstagram #instacool #RallyFinland #OBC

You might also be interested in


Become a Pro

Inside WRC

The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is the undisputed pinnacle of the sport, where the world’s best drivers and their co-drivers vie for glory.

Explore

Behind the scenes

Inside the factory

Welcome to a behind-the-scenes tour of Hyundai Motorsport GmbH. Here you will find a short overview of our main departments.

Have a look

Our History

What we do

Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH (HMSG) is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities.

Discover now