Rally de Portugal – Day Three Report

Rally de Portugal – Day Three Report

Matosinhos, Portugal – May 12, 2024
Hyundai Motorsport has added to its podium tally and taken the lead of the manufacturers’ championship, whilst also extending its drivers’ championship lead, with hard-fought second and third place finishes at Rally de Portugal.
Super Sunday covered a competitive distance of 62.18km and featured two loops of Cabeceiras de Basto (SS19/21, 19.91km) and the iconic Fafe (SS20/22, 11.18km).
The notorious SS22 acted as the Power Stage, giving the three Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team crews the opportunity to bolster their weekend points total.
Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja confirmed their first podium finish of the season on Sunday with an unwavering push across the day’s four stages.
A storming effort on the first loop of Fafe saw the Estonians claim the fastest time by four seconds, before an admirable performance on SS21 Cabeceiras de Basto 2 delivered them an additional stage win.
One final push on the Power Stage meant the #8 crew finished atop the Super Sunday standings and progressed to third in the drivers’ championship.
Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe finished second on the first three of Sunday’s stages, growing the gap from fourth to 31.9 seconds.
The #11 crew’s efforts on the Power Stage led to a clean, fast run, consolidating their third-place finish and increasing their lead in the drivers’ championship.
They head to Rally Italia Sardegna with a 24-point advantage over Elfyn Evans in the drivers’ championship.
A cautious morning ensued for Dani Sordo and Cándido Carrera.
Battling with the foggy and humid conditions, the Spaniards maintained a slower yet stable pace to carry their Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid to the Power Stage in one piece.
Another consistent performance on SS22 Fafe confirmed the Spaniards’ top-five finish to the weekend, bringing back a good points haul.
Hyundai Motorsport now leads the manufacturers’ championship by four points.
The next round of the 2024 WRC season will be the legendary Rally Italia Sardegna, the second of seven back-to-back gravel rallies.

Crew Notes: Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (#8 Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid)
Estonians claim maiden 2024 podium
A concerted Power Stage effort means #8 crew maximise Super Sunday points
Tänak said: “The outcome is not too bad, it was just very unfortunate to pick up the slow puncture, but otherwise I would say very positive. Without the puncture, I think I could have gone for the win. On Friday I was struggling the most, but after I was slowly getting used to the car and that let me find a good rhythm. On Saturday the stages were very different, and overnight I was able to understand what I needed to do differently from Friday to make the most of the car. We are not far away from being in a place where I feel confident controlling the car, but it’s still a bit difficult to make the car match my driving style. I am looking forward to Sardinia, it’s a rally I usually enjoy and I’m hoping to take my performance one step further.”

Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (#11 Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid)
Back-to-back podiums for Belgians means they extend their championship lead
Second place finishes on SS19, SS20 and a win on SS22 confirmed their third-step finish
Neuville said: “It’s been a great Super Sunday for us once again after another positive day on Friday. A very challenging and difficult weekend but we finished with the result we needed, plus another five points in the Power Stage. We’ve increased the lead in the championship for us by 24 points, which is a strong lead to have before Sardinia where another challenging weekend is waiting for us. We want to continue to push and be consistent in the car; it wasn’t the greatest Saturday, but Friday and Sunday were really good and the pace was right in the Power Stage, so that was promising. We will come back and fight for important points in Sardinia.”

Crew Notes: Dani Sordo/Cándido Carrera (#6 Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid)
#6 finish in the top-five at their first event in 2024
Gravel test puts them in good stead for the next championship round
Sordo said: “Today was a little bit difficult with the conditions we had in the morning, but the first two days were really promising. Of course I’m happy to get to the end of the day with some really good points, and for my first weekend back with the team I think we have still managed to help them get back to the top of the manufacturers’ championship. It was a good gravel rally to start with, one that I know well, and it’s a good one to enter before Sardinia. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do back in the car at the next event and I want to thank the team again for helping me finish the weekend in the top five.”

Hyundai Motorsport President and Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul said: “It’s been a positive rally with some great teamwork and very strong performances from both Ott and Thierry. Thierry is leaving Portugal having extended his lead over Evans, something that is crucial in a championship where points are so hard to score. Ott on his side is starting to increase his confidence in the car, demonstrated by some very strong stage times to take home the most points of the weekend. This is very encouraging considering the amount of gravel events we are about to face. There is still more work to be done so he can continue to maximise his opportunities over the next six rounds. On Dani’s side, he has contributed massively to the points for the manufacturers’ standings and has been the support that the team needed. At the next round we will see what we can do to help him improve his performance even more in the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid. All three of the crews’ results have helped us edge into the lead of the manufacturers’ championship, so it’s an important result for the remainder of our season.”

Next rally
Rally Italia Sardegna will return for round six of the FIA World Rally Championship from May 31 – June 2.

Final Overall Classification – Rally de Portugal

1 S. Ogier V. Landais Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid 3:41.32.3
2 O. Tänak M. Järveoja Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid +7.9
3 T. Neuville M. Wydaeghe Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid +1:09.8
4 A. Fourmaux A. Coria Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid +1:47.8
5 D. Sordo C. Carrera Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid +2:48.9
6 E. Evans S. Martin Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid +6:36.0
7 N. Gryazin K. Aleksandrov Citroën C3 +11:48.4
8 J. Solans R. Sanjuan Toyota GR Yaris Rally2 +11:52.9
9 J. McErlean J. Fulton Škoda Fabia RS +11:56.1
10 L. Joona J. Hussi Škoda Fabia RS +13:40.3

2024 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings
After round 5

1 Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team 219
2 Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team 215
3 M-Sport Ford World Rally Team 110

2024 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings
After round 5

1 T. Neuville 110
2 E. Evans 86
3 O. Tänak 79
4 A. Fourmaux 71
5 S. Ogier 70
6 T. Katsuta 49
7 K. Rovanpera 36
8 E. Lappi 23
9 A. Mikkelsen 14
10 O. Solberg 12

All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.

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