Hyundai Motorsport has brought its 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) to a conclusion with a strong final day in Rally Monza, in which Dani Sordo and Cándido Carrera secured third place, their second consecutive podium result. It was also the 17th individual top-three result of the season.
Sordo’s third place represented his third podium of the 2021 season and the 17th of the year for the team – the most for Hyundai Motorsport in a single WRC season. Although the team relinquished the championship title it has held for the past two years, its level of outright competitiveness has arguably been its strongest to date. Attention has already turned to the 2022 championship where an entirely new challenge awaits.
Thierry Martijn, despite pushing hard right to the end of the rally, could not secure a podium result. An incident on Saturday morning put them too far out of contention. The Belgian duo lost the rear of their car in the corners at the Selvino stage. The time loss dropped them down to fourth place.
Teemu and Mikko made steady improvements to claim a top-six finish in their first WRC event as a part of Team Hyundai.
Teams’ Standings After Round 12 – Rally Monza
Upcoming: WRC 2022
Next year’s WRC is met with some of the biggest and most far-reaching changes as the WRC enters a more sustainable age. Exciting top-tier hybrid Rally1 cars will blend 100kW electric motors and the existing combustion engine, while a hydrocarbon-based fossil-free fuel will be 100 percent sustainable.
With Kenya’s iconic Safari Rally and Japan also listed, the season covers four continents – Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia – as the pandemic eases and commercial rights owner WRC Promoter rebuilds towards its target of a 50-50 split between European and long-haul rounds.
Hyundai Reveals New-Look Hybrid Rally 1 Challenger
Hyundai Motorsport has started testing a heavily-revised 2022-specification hybrid Rally 1 car in the French Alps.
Regarding the new car, Team Principal Andrea Adamo commented, “We have redesigned the [transmission] casing, we have redesigned internals and we have redesigned the rear differential too to make it different. The prop shaft is different because we modified the lines, but the driveshaft has been modified to match with the new stuff. The up-right is different. Everything is different.”
Although Hyundai Motorsport was the last of the three teams to start significant 2022 running, Adamo is confident that his team is making up ground on Toyota Gazoo Racing and M-Sport Ford.