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Hyundai’s line up for Rally Portugal

Hyundai Motorsport is looking to extend its podium streak at Rally de Portugal, the fifth round of the 2024 FIA WRC, next weekend. Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak are both previous winners of the fast and technical gravel event and will be aiming to continue to drive their championship campaigns forward. Dani Sordo on third i20 Hybrid Rally1

Following a strong showing from Hyundai Motorsport in Croatia, the team is heading to Rally de Portugal for the fifth round of the 2024 FIA World Rally Championship with another podium finish in its sights.
 
The 2024 season remains incredibly close, with Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe leading the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings with a small margin of six points. After a nail-biting weekend in Croatia, where the Belgians led for the majority of the event before finishing third overall, the crew is looking to get back to winning ways at a rally where Neuville was victorious in 2018.
 
2019 winners Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja have enjoyed solid performances so far this season as they have built confidence in the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid. The Estonians departed Croatia as the second-highest scoring crew and hope to capitalise on this momentum on their return to gravel, as they seek to make gains in the championship standings.
 
The ever-evolving gravel and sizeable jumps of Portugal present unpredictable challenges for crews. With the profile changing on each pass, deep ruts can become rally-ending risks if not navigated precisely. Rain is one of the biggest threats to a clean weekend at the Matosinhos-based rally: adding water to the extremely dusty surface creates a muddy threat for the Rally1 cars. The fan favourite Fafe stage (11.18km) returns once again on the final day of the weekend, with the iconic jump posing a unique test to close the rally.

Portugal also marks the return of Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team crew Dani Sordo and Cándido Carrera. The Spaniards have claimed two back-to-back podiums in Portugal, with Sordo boasting seven top-three finishes at the event. The gravel specialists will be focused on improving the team’s position in the manufacturers’ standings, where the gap to first stands at just seven points.

“I’m really excited to be back in the car, especially in Portugal. It’s always a special rally for everyone – both drivers and spectators. It is a unique challenge for the car because of the temperatures and profile of the stages, so getting the right setup is key to doing well in Portugal. We worked a lot on the pre-event test to try and perfect this so we can push hard next weekend. It will be interesting with a lot of the part-time field being so competitive this season, and with road position being another important factor in going well on this kind of gravel, there will be a huge push across a cleaner line at the back of the order. The ultimate goal in my mind is to win, but I am hoping to claim as many points as possible from the weekend for the team.” Said Dani Sordo