Two weeks after a Rally Portugal with a unusually related state of affairs, Hyundai Motorsport misplaced massive by not attaining a brand new domination in Sardinia, whereas on the identical time, Toyota took benefit of the setbacks of the Korean model to clinch an surprising double.
Hyundai as soon as once more demonstrated the velocity of its i20 Coupe WRC by profitable the primary 9 levels of the rally. Credited with a lead of greater than 40 seconds over Sordo, Ott Tänak however needed to make up his thoughts to go away the rally resulting from a failure of the left rear suspension of his mount. Even when this harm was this time brought on by a collision in opposition to a stone within the SS12 on Saturday, it was harking back to the one already encountered throughout the second Portuguese stage on the proper rear suspension. A number of hours after this primary disappointment, Dani Sordo made a uncommon error in SS15, however with critical penalties, by placing his i20 WRC on the doorways after having torn off a wheel.
On the finish of this extremely demanding rally the place solely 4 WRCs reached the end line with out giving up, Thierry Neuville was lastly the one survivor at Hyundai, ending on the third step of the rostrum. Having additionally had the expertise previously of dropping a very good lead to Portugal resulting from a broken suspension after a mistake, he admitted that the i20 was extra fragile than the Yaris in troublesome situations. Nevertheless, he believes the stone struck by Tänak in Sardinia would have brought about irreparable harm to any WRC competitor.
“After taking a look at what occurred on Saturday, for those who see the dimensions of the stone he hit, I do not assume any of these vehicles would have stood up,” Neuville mentioned when Motorsport.com requested him if he was involved in regards to the fragility of Hyundai’s and if reliability may very well be improved.
“It’s true that we might have a bit of extra hassle than the Toyotas within the harder sections, as we now have seen in earlier rallies and in addition final yr, right here in Sardinia and in others. rallies “, admitted the Belgian. “Possibly it is one thing to work on, however I feel the main target is extra on the brand new automobile now and we all know what we now have to resolve to be stronger subsequent yr with the brand new automobile.”
Regardless of the 4 factors snatched within the Energy Stage, Tänak stagnated in fourth place within the championship. After 5 contested heats, he was even pushed again 57 lengths behind chief Ogier, nearly the equal of two rallies with loads of factors.
“For certain, the Hyundai workforce did a fantastic job to convey me as much as that stage on this automobile. It is actually quick now, so there’s nothing stopping us, simply the little issues,” declared the 2019 World Champion. “It is a quick automobile, and we simply have to make it dependable. I am certain we will do it.”
Though devastated by the flip of occasions in Sardinia, Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo is set that his workforce could make up for misplaced floor within the title race. “We aren’t pleased with the consequence, however we all know that if we proceed as we’re doing, by working collectively, we will catch up”, supported the Italian. “We aren’t afraid, we’ll work onerous as we all the time have.”