Hyundai takes top spots in Rally Argentina

Hyundai Motorsport has secured its second consecutive victory of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) on the weekend when Thierry Neuville triumphed in Rally Argentina ahead of team mate Andreas Mikkelsen.

The Belgian and his co-driver, Nicolas Gilsoul, took the win by 48.4 seconds with a calm and collected performance on the final morning of the rally. Norwegian duo Mikkelsen and Anders Jaeger-Amland took their best result to date as a Hyundai Motorsport crew with a strong run to second place on Sunday, their first podium finish since Rally Sweden 2018.

Completing a competitive weekend for the team, Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio took the no. 6 Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC to sixth place overall.

‘Challenging conditions’

Rally Argentina presented plenty of drama and challenging conditions over the entire event. Sunday morning’s itinerary covered two of the most demanding and iconic stages of the season, with two runs through El Condor (16.43 km) and a solitary attempt at Mina Clavero-Giulio Cesare (20.30 km).

The second pass of El Condor was also the Power Stage. Neuville finished the rally with a flourish, taking three extra points for the third fastest time, despite a cautious approach, and Sordo scoring two additional points for his personal total.

Securing maximum manufacturer points for the 1-2 finish, Hyundai Motorsport has strengthened its position at the top of the championship with 157 points, 37 clear of its nearest challenger, Toyota. Neuville also extended his lead in the drivers’ classification to 10 points ahead of Sébastien Ogier.

The overall result represents Hyundai’s third-ever 1-2 lockout in WRC, its 12th victory and 11th double podium finish. The team has now achieved 49 individual podium positions since 2014.