Hyundai Motorsport Preview – Round 14: Rally Australia

  • Hyundai Motorsport aims to secure its maiden title in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at Rally Australia, the 14th and final round of 2019.
  • Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul, Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio and Craig Breen/Paul Nagle will fly the team’s flag in the three Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC cars
  • Hyundai Motorsport currently holds an 18-point lead in the manufacturers’ championship following its 1-3 in Rally de España, with 43 points available in Australia.

 - Hyundai Motorsport heads to Australia for the final round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) aiming to secure its maiden manufacturers’ title.

Victory and third place in the previous round, Rally de España, helped the team to increase its advantage in the classification to 18 points with 43 up for grabs in the season finale.

Rally Australia, the 14th and final round of an action-packed year of WRC, will bring the 2019 title chase to its culmination with 25 special stages run over a four-day itinerary.

Hyundai Motorsport will field three crews - Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul, Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio and Craig Breen/Paul Nagle – as it aims to finish the season on a high ‘down under’. The win in Spain was the team’s fourth victory of the year, having taken the top spot in Corsica, Argentina and Sardinia, and underscored the versatile performance of the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.

The dusty gravel forest tracks near to the Coffs Harbour located service park offer crews a tricky test to end the season with road position often playing a key role.

"We are approaching Rally Australia in the same way as every other event on this year’s calendar, with attention to detail, determination and a clear focus on securing a strong team result. Of course, there is a much bigger prize at stake at the end of it, but if we concentrate on managing the things in our control, doing a professional job, we have every chance of fulfilling our title ambitions. We know what we have to do, so our destiny is in our own hands".

Andrea AdamoTeam Director

Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Victory in Spain moved the pair into second place in the drivers’ championship
  • Belgians won Rally Australia in 2017
"I have always enjoyed Rally Australia, with its fast and flowing gravel stages through the forest. In recent years we have been among the first on the road, as will be the case again this time round, which brings with it some disadvantages. The cleaning effect is a bit more severe in this event so it won’t be easy for us. Even so, we will give our maximum effort in order to secure the manufacturers’ title. We have some great battles this season, and I expect Australia to deliver more of the same".

Thierry NeuvilleCrew Member

Weekend at a glance

  • Rally Australia includes 25 special stages that cover a total distance of 324.53km
  • The action begins on Thursday with two short runs on the Destination NSW at Coffs Harbour
  • Friday moves north to the Coldwater (16.78km), Sherwood (26.68km) and Kookaburra Rd (16.82km) stages with each run twice on the longest individual leg of the rally
  • Saturday sees four stages – Northbank Reverse (8.00km), Utungun Reverse (7.54km), Argents Hill Reverse (13.13km), Welshs Creek Reverse (28.83km) – make up the two loops. Stages are run in a slightly different order on each pass with the 1.99km Raleigh test just before lunchtime service
  • The final day will bring the 2019 WRC season to a conclusion with Mount Coramba (19.05km), Lower Bucca (11.47km) and Wedding Bells (10.31km) each run twice, the latter acting as the Power Stage