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HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT PREVIEW: ROUND 12 – RALLY MONZA

  • Hyundai Motorsport is aiming to end the year with a positive result at Rally Monza, the final event of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season
  • Teemu Suninen/Mikko Markkula will make their debut in the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC alongside Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe and Dani Sordo/Cándido Carrera
  • Hyundai Motorsport’s regular crew Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja will miss the rally due to personal family matters.

Alzenau, Germany

November 12, 2021 – Hyundai Motorsport travels to Italy for the final round of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally Monza, aiming to continue its strong form and finish the season on a high.

The team heads to the event in buoyant mood after Rally de España, in which Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe took a confident win, with Dani Sordo and Cándido Carrera also on the podium. Both crews are hoping for a similar level of performance as WRC returns to Monza for the second time as a championship round.

Teemu Suninen/Mikko Markkula will tackle the rally’s sixteen stages alongside the Belgians and Spaniards, after Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja were forced to withdraw from the event due to personal family matters.

The Finns claimed a podium with the Hyundai i20 N Rally2 on their WRC2 debut with the team at the previous round in Spain and will be hoping to make a similar impact in Italy as they compete in the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC for the very first time.

Hyundai Motorsport has shown impressive pace on tarmac so far this season, taking victories at the last two events on the surface (Rally de España and Ypres Rally Belgium). The team is targeting another podium top spot in the final event for its competitive Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, as the championship is set to enter a new hybrid era from 2022.

The Rally Monza itinerary begins with seven stages on Friday, including SS7 Grand Prix 1, which sees the crews take on sections of the iconic Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Saturday then features a further six stages, covering a competitive distance of 108.72km. The weekend finishes on Sunday with another run on the Monza circuit, followed by two passes of Serraglio.

Team Principal Andrea Adamo said: “We approach the end of the 2021 season with the same fighting spirit with which we started it back in January. For different reasons, we are not in the same championship position as when we competed at Monza twelve months ago, but that doesn’t mean we are going to stop pushing for the best possible result. This rally will mark the end of a chapter for the WRC as we embark on a new hybrid era from next year. We certainly want to battle for another victory with our Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC and to see out the 2021 championship in style. To do that, we have three crews – Thierry/Martijn, Dani/Cándido and Teemu/Mikko – who are all up for the challenge.”

Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

Belgians looking for back-to-back wins
Claimed victory at last two tarmac events

Neuville said: “I have participated a couple of times at Rally Monza in previous years, both as a WRC event and as Monza Rally Show, so I know the roads quite well. The stages are unique with lots of chicanes and cones, which is not the traditional rally style, but this year’s there looks to be more typical Italian mountain stages. It is also a great experience to compete on the Monza circuit. As it is the last event of the season, our aim is to push hard and fight at the front.”

Crew Notes: Dani Sordo/Cándido Carrera (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

Crew targeting their second consecutive podium
Spaniards secured third place last time out at home rally

Sordo said: “Monza is always a very nice rally to drive, and of course is a special place for the team as we won the manufacturers’ championship here in 2020. I really like the format of the event, with some stages on the circuit and others in the mountains. Last year was very fun, especially with the tricky weather conditions, so I think crews and spectators both really love this rally. I will of course try my best to get the best result possible this year.”

Crew Notes: Teemu Suninen/Mikko Markkula (#3 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

Finnish crew’s first event in WRC for Hyundai Motorsport
Deputising in the absence of Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja

Suninen said: “Being part of the Hyundai Motorsport WRC line-up for Rally Monza is a great opportunity for us. I will follow the goals set by the team and show our speed within those limits. The Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC is a new car for me and for sure I will need some time to get used to it. After I drove it for the first time at the pre-event test, there is no doubt that it is a winning car. Monza, as an event, has a lot of variations in grip and rhythm. There is also quite a difference between the stages up in the mountains and circuit sections. What a wonderful way to end the season!”

Weekend at a Glance

Rally Monza opens with a shakedown on the evening of Thursday 18 November.
Friday features two passes each of Gerosa (11.09km), Costa Valle Imagna (22.17km) and Junior (14.97km) followed by an evening run of Grand Prix (10.21km) in darkness.
Saturday is the longest day of the rally, with two passes of San Fermo (14.45km) and Selvino (25.06km) in the morning proceeding back-to-back afternoon runs of Roggia (14.85km).
Sunday’s three stages only cover a competitive distance of 39.07km, as two passes of Serraglio (14.43km) follows a single run of Grand Prix. The second pass of Serraglio will be the rally’s Power Stage.

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