Hyundai Motorsport has claimed its first-ever title in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), winning the 2019 manufacturers honours.
Four victories and 13 individual podium results across its crews saw the Alzenau-based team finish the season on an unassailable 380 points.
Hyundai Motorsport will now use this success as a springboard for a 2020 defence with strengthened ambitions and sights also set on the drivers’ title.
Hyundai Motorsport finished the 2019 season on top of the manufacturers’ standings with a margin of 18 points over its nearest rivals.
The title was concluded in a subdued manner after the cancellation of Rally Australia, the final round of the 2019 season, due to the devastating bushfires in the New South Wales region. Hyundai Motorsport continues to send its thoughts and best wishes to all those affected by the terrible situation.
In total, Hyundai Motorsport amassed four victories during 2019 en route to the title – Tour de Corse, Rally Argentina, Rally Italia Sardegna and Rally de España – and 13 individual podiums results. It was one of the team’s most versatile performances as the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC performed consistently and competitively on all terrains.
Belgian pairing Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul scored three of those wins with Neuville finishing the year second on the drivers’ classification. Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio picked up their first victory as a Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team crew in Sardinia.