Hyundai takes part in Rally Estonia with just one victory in six events this year

Hyundai has reviewed its costly reliability issues ahead of the next round of the World Rally Championship in Estonia next weekend.

The Korean brand has retired from the lead in the last three events, more recently Thierry Neuville suffered a rupture of the rear right shock absorber on the last day of Safari Rally Kenya.

Calling the situation “simply unacceptable”, team manager Andrea Adamo hopes to have remedied the problems.

“We have spent the short time since Safari Rally Kenya examining the issues we have encountered in recent events,” said Adamo.

“There isn’t much we can do in this time frame, but we are heading to Estonia with a high level of motivation and a determination to show what we can achieve.

“Just because we finished doubled in Rally Estonia last year doesn’t mean the results are automatically guaranteed this year; we have to work as hard as possible, stay focused and extract all possible performance from our car which, by the way, has been very fast in all events so far this season.

“There is always luck in rallying, of course, but we need to have more control over our own destiny. “

Rally Estonia is the home event of 2019 WRC champion and Hyundai # 8 driver Ott Tanak, whose brains Neuville plans to pick.

“Rally Estonia is generally characterized by very fast and smooth flat roads; there are also a lot of artificial jumps, which gives the event a very high average speed, ”said Tanak.

“It’s nice to drive at home, and we had a memorable result last year with our very first win for Hyundai Motorsport.

“We are still hopeful that we can fight for a similar result this year because we know the car can be fast in these conditions.

“For me it will be a logistically easy rally with very little travel time to and from the event – which is always nice.”

Toyota’s Sébastien Ogier enters Rally Estonia 34 points ahead of his team-mate Elfyn Evans.

“To have won four rallies so far this season is mega and better than one would expect,” said the seven-time champion.

“Winning WRC rallies at the moment is difficult because the competition is very tough, so I’m very happy with our season so far.

“Rally Estonia is difficult to win, especially first on the road, but I will do my best to keep scoring big points.

“The terrain will definitely be a lot smoother than in Kenya, so we can really focus on driving and try to find the limits.

“It’s always a tough challenge to be at the limit on such fast roads as we have in northern Europe, but I think it’s a challenge that every driver appreciates. “

Rally Estonia will take place July 15-18.


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