Hyundai enters 3 cars for super-fast Rally Finland
After a short summer break, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will resume its debut campaign in the FIA World Rally Championship today at Rally Finland, the fastest and most spectacular round of the series.
The Alzenau-based team secured a well-earned podium result in Poland last month with all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars finishing a WRC event for the first time.
The team will be aiming to continue its steep rate of car development, using the rally to collect more data and information for the remainder of the 2014 WRC season.
The team will once again field three Hyundai i20 WRC cars with Belgian pairing Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul behind the wheel of car no. 7; local heroes Juho Hänninen and co-driver Tomi Tuominen returning with the no. 8-car; and New Zealander Hayden Paddon – navigated by John Kennard – at the helm of car no. 20 (entered under the Hyundai Motorsport N banner).
The surface at Rally Finland is formed of compact, smooth gravel roads, where fast and wide sections alternate with narrower and more technical ones.
What makes Finland unique, though, are the breathtaking jumps, which can hide bends over the crests. These roads require drivers to be brave, have very precise pace notes and choose the correct line to tackle the jumps.
Rally Finland is the eighth of 13 WRC events in 2014 and marks the end of a four-week break for the WRC. All the action will be spread over four competitive days and a total of 360km divided into 23 stages.
This year’s itinerary will be a mix of traditional and new stages like Päijälä, Pihlajakoski, Jouhtikylä and it will include the 2,2 km Harju test, run in the city centre in Jyväskylä which was last included in a WRC route in 1998.