11.10.2020: Ole Christian Veiby accomplished Rally Italia Sardegna second of the WRC 2 entrants after a weekend of highs and lows for the Hyundai Motorsport crews
Veiby battled via quite a few punctures over the weekend to complete 28.8-seconds from the eventual
• Ole Christian Veiby accomplished Rally Italia Sardegna second of the WRC 2 entrants after a weekend of highs and lows for the Hyundai Motorsport crews
• Veiby battled via quite a few punctures over the weekend to complete 28.8-seconds from the eventual winner in his Hyundai i20 R5
• Nikolay Gryazin additionally had a tough rally and was unable to start the ultimate day’s phases after damaging his automotive on Saturday’s closing loop.
Hyundai Motorsport’s WRC 2 crews endured a difficult weekend at Rally Italia Sardegna, of their fifth occasion of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) on the wheel of the Hyundai i20 R5.
Ole Christian Veiby completed the 16-stage occasion second within the WRC 2 class, equalling his finest results of the season from Rally Sweden earlier within the 12 months. Nikolay Gryazin, in the meantime, was unable to begin the ultimate day resulting from harm sustained throughout Saturday’s closing loop.
Operating over three days of aggressive motion, Rally Italia Sardegna – whereas being a well-recognized occasion to most crews – was held in later autumnal situations because of the restructured 2020 calendar. Decrease temperatures gave the slim and twisty gravel phases a distinct attribute, with tyre administration and technique an influential issue over the weekend.
Friday’s six phases provided a consultant glimpse of what was to return with highs and lows from the outset. Veiby, alongside co-driver Jonas Andersson, picked up a WRC 2 stage win in SS2 (Erula-Tula) to take an early lead however then noticed his benefit eradicated with a puncture on the next run via Tempio-Pausania (SS3). He clawed again positions with one other quickest time on SS4 (Erula-Tula) and second quickest via SS5 (Sedini-Castelsardo).
There was drama for Gryazin and co-driver Konstantin Aleksandrov in SS5, as they made a mistake which took two of their tyres off the edges. With just one spare within the boot, they had been compelled to retire for the day.
Saturday was equally eventful as crews confronted an early begin with the 22.08km Monte Lerno stage (SS7) beginning shortly after dawn. It was a trouble-free run however that wasn’t to final for lengthy as Veiby skilled one other puncture on the next check (SS8 Coiluna-Loelle), whereas additionally contending with an open boot. Fortunately, the rest of the schedule ran easily for the Norwegian with aggressive instances via the repeat loop and the afternoon’s return to Sedini-Castelsardo and Tergu-Osilo, which had been each run on Friday, as he held third in WRC 2.
After a clear begin to Saturday, Gryazin endured technical bother within the closing loop, damaging his radiator, which in the end prompted the engine to overheat. He introduced the automotive again to service however was unable to renew the rally on Sunday morning, bringing an early finish to a disappointing weekend for the Russian.
Veiby was concerned in an in depth battle for second in WRC 2 on Sunday morning. He wasted no time in claiming the place on the morning’s opening stage – Cala Flumini – after which prolonged his benefit. Even a puncture within the Energy Stage couldn’t stop the crew from confirming their second place outcome.
The ultimate general classification of Rally Italia Sardegna noticed 5 Hyundai Motorsport-built vehicles contained in the top-eight with Jari Huttunen, co-driver Mikko Lukka and Kowax 2Brally Group taking the WRC 3 win and ending as the highest R5 driver of their Hyundai i20 R5.
Crew Notes: Ole Christian Veiby/Jonas Andersson (#27 Hyundai i20 R5 ‘20)
• Two stage wins on Friday confirmed tempo of the Hyundai i20 R5 • Punctures hampered progress on all three days
Veiby mentioned: “What an eventful weekend! Whereas I’m glad with second in WRC 2, I believe we deserved the win this weekend. We had focused a victory push on the ultimate morning however sadly that was not attainable. Punctures have actually been the story of our rally.
We confirmed some promising tempo at instances, successful two phases in our Hyundai i20 R5, and we had been in a position to struggle again over the three days. We had been in third place heading into the ultimate morning and shortly moved into second. Because the hole lowered, our hopes elevated however we picked up a rear puncture within the Energy Stage and will do no extra.”
Crew Notes: Nikolay Gryazin/ Konstantin Aleksandrov (#26 Hyundai i20 R5 ‘20)
• Retired from the rally after radiator harm in SS10 prompted the engine to overheat • A troublesome weekend which additionally included an early end on Friday resulting from tyre harm
Gryazin mentioned: “Our tempo this weekend was not as we anticipated it to be. We tried to seek out enhancements on every stage however couldn’t actually discover a resolution. It was good to achieve the expertise but it surely wasn’t the best way we wished issues to go. Firstly we had a retirement on SS5 after I made a mistake which resulted in two of the tyres coming off their rims. We solely had one spare so couldn’t proceed.
Then, on Saturday, we broken the radiator on SS10, which overheated the engine. We couldn’t repair the problem so needed to deliver the automotive again to service, the place the staff determined to not proceed to keep away from any additional harm to the engine. A troublesome weekend.”
Hyundai Motorsport Group Principal Andrea Adamo: “It’s a little bit of a half-half outcome for our WRC 2 crews however we’re pleased for the WRC 3 win with the general victory in R5 for Jari Huttunen, Mikko Lukka and Kowax 2Brally Group. This reveals a tremendous outcome for Hyundai Motorsport this weekend with 5 vehicles within the general top-eight locations.
We proceed to ship on a job that was began years in the past and we carry on pushing on this path. Wanting on the standings, I’m moved and pleased with my WRC and Buyer Racing groups; that is one thing we have to print out and placed on the wall because it’s a press release of the unimaginable job that they
Remaining General Classification WRC 2 – Rally Italia Sardegna
1 P. Tidemand P. Barth Škoda Fabia R5 2:51:58.4 2 O.C Veiby J. Andersson Hyundai i20 R5 +28.8 3 E. Brynildsen I. Minor Škoda Fabia R5 +49.7 4 M. Østberg T. Eriksen Citroën C3 R5 +2:08.3
2020 WRC 2 Championship for Drivers’ Standings After spherical 6
1 M. Østberg 87 2 P. Tidemand 105 3 N. Gryazin 53 4 A. Fourmaux 66 5 O.C Veiby 51 6 R. Yates 22 7 E. Brynildsen 42
2020 FIA WRC2 Championship for Groups’ Standings After spherical 6
1 Toksport WRT 147 2 Hyundai Motorsport N 102 3 M-Sport Ford World Rally Group 88 4 PH Sport 87
All outcomes stay topic to official FIA affirmation.
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