News


Strong finish in Wales

Jari and Antti claim stage win and fourth place in Wales Rally GB


Jari and Antti claim stage win and fourth place in Wales Rally GB

Our HMDP crew, Jari and Antti, enjoyed a fantastic final morning in Wales Rally GB, taking a stage win to finish the tricky event in a fine fourth place in the competitive WRC 2 class.

In their sixth WRC 2 participation of the season, our Finnish crew scored an impressive 15 top-five stage times, twelve months after they last competed in Wales.

Their performance not only demonstrates the year-on-year improvement as a crew but also the competitiveness of our i20 R5 against strong opposition.

“Jari and Antti have done a fantastic job,” said our Team Manager Alain. “A year on from their Welsh debut in the i20 R5, we knew this rally would be a representative gauge of their progress. They have shown real maturity and professionalism.”

Wales Rally GB got underway with the short 1.7km Tir Prince stage on Thursday evening before a more representative day of action on Friday. Conditions were typical of the popular rally with rain and mud creating slippery, demanding stages.

Aside from a puncture in SS4 (Penmachno) and a spin, it was a decent start to the event for Jari, ending the opening day in fifth place.

Progress makes perfect

With no lunchtime service, and 150km of stages to contest, Saturday was a valuable learning experience for the HMDP pair. They were consistently on the pace throughout the day to move up to fourth in WRC 2 with a comfortable margin.

Reducing the gap to the podium on Sunday, Jari was second in SS19 (Elsi), third in the SS20 Power Stage (Gwydir) and then scored a stage win in SS23 (Great Orme Llandudno). It was their third stage win of the season and first since Rally Sweden back in February.

“We have had a good weekend in Wales Rally GB, and I am pleased with our fourth place,” said Jari. “Friday was a long and quite difficult day with the puncture, but we had a much better Saturday and Sunday. We have built up a good rhythm over the three days with some key set-up improvements, which has allowed us to get the best out of ourselves. I am pleased with the speed we’ve shown and the development we have made from last year’s performance to this year.”
 
Jari and Antti will return to the i20 R5 at Rally RACC Catalunya – Rally de España from October 25-28.

Final Overall Classification WRC 2 – Wales Rally GB? 

1 K. Rovanperä (Škoda Fabia R5) 3:15:27.2
2 P. Tidemand (Škoda Fabia R5) +1:34.2
3 G. Greensmith (Ford Fiesta R5) +2:13.6
4 J. Huttunen (Hyundai i20 R5) +2:56.8
5 S. Lefebvre (Citroën C3 R5) +4:35.4
6 L. Pieniazek (Škoda Fabia R5) +6:20.1
7 S. Tempestini (Citroën C3 R5) +8:49.7
8 F. Andolfi (Škoda Fabia R5) +9:07.1
9 M. Bulacia (Škoda Fabia R5) +10:45.0
10 E. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5) +27:21.5
 
2018 FIA WRC 2 Championship for Drivers’ Standings 
After round 11
 
1 J. Kopecky 125
2 P. Tidemand 111
3 G. Greensmith 70
4 K. Rovanpera 65
5 L. Pieniazek 56
6 F. Andolfi 50
7 J. Huttunen 46
8 O. Veiby 45

?All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.

SHARE:

Stay tunedSocial Stream →

Follow Us on Twitter

Recent WRC News

Latest Video

Instagram Photos / Story

  • #ThrowbackThursday to @rallyitaliasardegna - in slow motion! 🤩
.
.
.
.
.
.
. #hmsgofficial #wrc #Hyundai #i20CoupeWRC #i20 #instagood #rallying #rallyitaliasardegna #WRCLive #instacool #win #podium
  • @mason_filippi and @copelandmotorsports added to the Veloster N TCR's growing list of successes🏆 in @sroamerica #TCAmerica 🇺🇸 last weekend at @portlandraceway.
The team and driver scored their second win together in Race 1, having already set the best lap in qualifying. 🏁
#HyundaiMotorsportCustomerRacing #HMSGOfficial #Hyundai #HyundaiMotorsport #Veloster #TCR #VelosterN #VelosterNTCR #portland #pir #portlandinternationalraceway #rosecupraces #rosecup #race1 #winning #action #car #motorsport #race #racing #carsofinstagram #caroftheday #instacar #instagood #instapic
  • @bobdejongrallying was the dominant force at the @gtcrally in the Netherlands 🇳🇱. He won overall 🍾 by nearly three minutes in his i20 R5!
#HMSGOfficial #Hyundai #HyundaiMotorsportCustomerRacing #HyundaiMotorsport #R5 #i20 #i20R5 #winning #rally #rallying #motorsport #action #car #carsofinstagram #caroftheday #GTCRally #netherlands #holland #bobdejong #bobdejongrallying #instacar #instapic #instagood
  • #MondayMotivation @danisordorallye & @carlosdelbarrio37 flying over the Sardinian roads 🚀🥇🔝 @rallyitaliasardegna .
.
.
.
.
.
.
#HMSGOfficial #WRC #Hyundai #i20CoupeWRC #i20 #instagood #rallying #WRCLive #motorsport #instavideo #instadaily #instalikes #rally #carsofinstagram #instacool #win #podium #rallyitaliasardegna
  • @luca_engstler wins his first @tcreurope race! 🍾🏆 The @m1ramotorsport man, and Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Junior Driver is victorious in Race 2 at the @redbullring 🇦🇹 and @joshfiles99 extends his championship lead by fighting from 9th on the grid up to 2nd! 🏁
#HMSGOfficial #HyundaiMotorsportCustomerRacing #Hyundai #HyundaiMotorsport #TCR #i30N #i30NTCR #motorsport #motorsportlife #racing #action #crash #tcreurope #LucaEngstler #JoshFiles #Race2 #carsofinstagram #carporn #caroftheday #winning #instacar #instapic #instagood
  • What's better than a victory for i30 N TCR customers?
A🥇🥈for i30 N TCR customers.
@joshfiles99 and @lucafilippilf come home 1st and 2nd in @tcreurope Race 1 at the @redbullring, with 5 Hyundai in the top six!
#HMSGOfficial #Hyundai #HyundaiMotorsport #HyundaiMotorsportCustomerRacing #TCREurope #TCR #i30NTCR #i30N #Redbullring #joshfiles #targetcompetition #lucafilippi #race1 #motorsport #action #fast #carporn #podium #winning #caroftheday #carsofinstagram #instacar #car #instagood #instapic
  • Onboard with @danisordorallye and @carlosdelbarrio37 who are looking 🔥🔥 in the stage @rallyportugal .
.
.
.
.
.
.
#HMSGOfficial #WRC #Hyundai #i20CoupeWRC #i20 #instagood #rallying #WRCLive #motorsport #instavideo #instadaily #instalikes #rally #carsofinstagram #instacool #win #podium #RallydePortugal #RallyPortugal
  • #FlashbackFriday to the #24hNBR for some night-time onboard action 🏎💨
.
.
.
#HMSGOfficial #HyundaiN #nring #nürburgring #nuerburgring #nordschleife #N24 #Nurburgring24 #Nurburgring24Hours #N24H #NurburgringNordschleife #GameOn #Hyundai #i30N #instagood #endurance #motorsport #instavideo #instadaily #instalikes #cars #carsofinstagram
  • Are you ready for this weekend's @tcreurope action from the @redbullring? 🇦🇹 10 Hyundai i30 N #TCR will be on track, including 4 Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Junior Drivers. 🏁
@luca_engstler
@daninagyofficial
@andreasbckman
@jessbackman
#HMSGOfficial #Hyundai #HyundaiMotorsport #HyundaiMotorsportCustomerRacing #i30NTCR #i30N #motorsport #racing #action #TCREurope #RedBullRing #lucaengstler #daninagy #andreasbackman #jessicanbackman #carsofinstagram #caroftheday #carporn #instacar #instapic #instagood

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