Hyundai Shell WRT is ready for season finale


Hyundai Shell WRT complete its debut season in 2014 WRC at Wales Rally GB. FIA World Rally Championship season will completed with Wales Rally GB which will be organized on 13-16 November.

Hyundai team organised a five-day test iN Welsh forest to prepeare Hyundai i20 WRC cars to season’s final rally.

Thierry Neuville and Juho Hanninen will be two main drivers for championship points, Juho Hanninen will be in team first time since Rally Finland. Hyundai N Team driver is same as in Spain; Hayden Paddon.

Wales Rally stages are often fast, muddy, slippery and form some of the most technical and challenging stages of the entire calendar. Wales Rally has a new base since 2013, but it is the oldest and the most legendary rounds of the WRC since 1973. But it has been run for the first time back in 1932.

Hyundai Shell WRT is looking for another positive result, to continue the development of the Hyundai i20 WRC car and the team for the future.

Thierry Neuville will attend for third time at Wales Rally GB. Young Belgian has good memories from last year that he clinched second place in the WRC.

Neuville said: “It feels special to go back to Wales Rally GB for Nicolas and I as we were crowned vice-Champions there last year. For this year we will make our best to finish the event without any problems but also trying to keep a good rhythm and set some good times with our Hyundai i20 WRC. Wales Rally GB is certainly not an easy one; the grip is changing constantly and it’s very important to have a good recce and pace notes. Sometimes it’s wet and there’s a lot of grip, which can make it muddy hence very slippery straight away. We could also have some ice patches at this time of the year so all in all it’s a big challenge.”

Finn Hanninen returns to Wales Rally GB after a few years away but he’s well aware of what to expect from the Welsh forests and after a good test to prepare for the event, he’s ready for another outing with the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team.

Hänninen commented: “It feels good to be back in the Hyundai i20 WRC after a couple of months. We had a really good test for Wales Rally GB and I think we’re well prepared to tackle the stages next weekend. My last time in GB was back in 2008 and I had almost forgotten the variety of surface conditions you can find there due to the constant change of grip. The stages are fast and flowing and you can keep a good rhythm but it’s important to have a smooth and clean line to keep the speed on – I really like these stages. Of course I haven’t competed in most of them – as the rally now is much northerly – but we will try to have a good recce and prepare as much as we can.”

Wales Rally GB brings some good memories to young Paddon as well being the first event he contested outside New Zealand back in 2007. After winning his first WRC stage at Rallye de España last month, the Kiwi is well-determined to continue his progress in the WRC.”

Paddon said: “Wales Rally GB has some similarities to New Zealand. Generally the stages are similar to some of the forestry roads we have back home, flowing and not rough. Because it’s primarily a winter sport in New Zealand it’s often a bit cold and wet like what we tend to find in Wales. We had a good test in Wales last week to get the Hyundai i20 WRC dialled into the slippery conditions we are anticipating. I do like Wales Rally GB because the grip levels are quite consistent although it’s always hard to judge until you get on the stage and compare times.”

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