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Hyundai takes second podium in its inaugural WRC season

The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team took out its second podium in WRC over the weekend at the Rally of Poland. This is a great result for the team in its first World Rally Championship season.

Hyundia i20 Rally of Poland 2014

Rally of Poland was the seventh round of the WRC series, which was won by Volkswagen Motorsport team claiming both first and second place on the podium. The number 7 Hyundai i20 took third with Thierry Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul behind the wheel. Neuville said,

“It has been a positive weekend for us and I am pleased with the podium result. To come back from tenth place, where we were at the end of Friday, to third is a great achievement.”

All three Hyundai i20 WRC cars finished the event in the top eight overall, which is well worthy of applaud for the team in their debut season.

In the first round, at Rally of Monte Carlo earlier this year, all cars in the team retired. In the third round at the Rally of Mexico, spirits were lifted as the team scored its first podium, coming in third.

Team Principal Michel Nandan spoke about the result at Poland, saying,

“We can be very proud of our achievements in this rally. We set the objective of a three car finish and to challenge for some competitive stage times, and we have managed this well.

“All three driver crews have performed strongly, had good pace and shown the potential of the Hyundai i20 WRC when everything comes together. We have taken two stage wins in Poland and scored our second podium result – all in only our seventh WRC event.”

The next round is the Rally of Finland starting July 31.

See below for the top 10 results at Poland:

S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) – 2:34:02.0
A. Mikkelsen / O. Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) – +1:07.7
T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) – +2:13.5
M. Hirvonen / J. Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) – +2:32.4
J.M Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) – +2:33.1
J. Hanninen / T. Tuominen (Hyundai i20 WRC) – +2:49.9
K. Meeke / P. Nagle (Citroen DS3 WRC) – +4:27.9
H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) – +4:32.1
H. Solberg / I. Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) – +4:59.0
M. Prokop / J. Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) – +6:11.3

Hyundai Shell World Rally team sits in fifth place in the 2014 FIA WRC Manufacturer’s standings. See below for the respective points:

Volkswagen Motorsport – 262 points
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team – 115 points
M-Sport World Rally Team (Ford Fiesta) – 90 points
Volkswagen Motorsport II – 82 points
Hyundai Motorsport – 80 points
Jipocar Czech National Team – 34 points
RK M-Sport World Rally Team – 9 points
Hyundai Motorsport N – 8 points

Rally Poland 2014

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.