The Korean marque ended its scarcity of WRC wins in type this weekend, with Thierry Neuville beating Craig Breen on house soil to safe a brace on Rally Ypres-Belgium. Having blurted out victories within the 4 earlier rallies, Hyundai Motorsport had been ready for such a outcome since final February and its success on the Arctic Rally Finland.
Adamo’s group have confirmed that they persistently have the quickest bundle this season, however reliability and dangerous luck have hit them exhausting. Rear suspension issues price Tänak expensive as he led in Portugal and Sardinia, and the same failure disadvantaged Neuville of a Safari Rally success just a few kilometers from the end. The 2019 World Champion then suffered a number of punctures at Rally Estonia final month, an occasion the place he was the overwhelming favourite given his information of the terrain.
Adamo took full accountability for the shortcoming to transform missed alternatives, however this poor run put the entire group beneath stress. Talking after Hyundai’s first double since Rally Sardinia 2020, the Italian mentioned the outcome was extraordinarily vital for all his troops.
“I believe that [la persévérance] is the one manner I do know of to win “, he recalled. “I’ve to say it was a bit troublesome final month and I’m very pleased with the way in which my pilots reacted and stayed collectively as a group. I understand how pressured the individuals on the firm have been as a result of it has been a troublesome month. It is vital for everybody. It is vital for the group and likewise for the individuals at house, who’re additionally a part of the group, as a result of the final rallies have been a bit difficult for us. When issues like this occur, the worst that might occur is that folks have been scared and beneath stress, and I actually felt it. I used to be attempting to be the refuge of my group, to guard everybody and to place the duties on my shoulders, whereas letting them work exhausting like they did earlier than. It is not one of many best instances of my life, let me say it. “
The double at Ypres allowed Hyundai to seize 18 factors from its rival Toyota, and thus come again to 41 lengths earlier than the final 4 rounds nonetheless on this system this yr. For his half, Neuville relaunched within the race for the world title by returning to equality with Evans, 38 factors from Ogier chief of the championship.