Hyundai Motorsport has moved into the lead of Rally Italia Sardegna

Hyundai Motorsport has moved into the lead of Rally Italia Sardegna

04.06.2022: ...after Ott Tänak dominated the penultimate day of the weekend with six stage wins • The Estonian holds a 46-second advantage with team-mate Dani Sordo in a provisional podium, having moved up to third place on Saturday


...after Ott Tänak dominated the penultimate day of the weekend with six stage wins




•    The Estonian holds a 46-second advantage with team-mate Dani Sordo in a provisional podium, having moved up to third place on Saturday


•    Thierry Neuville showed strong pace on the day’s opening loop, as he bounced back from Friday frustration, but had to retire in SS12 after rolling his car.

 



Hyundai Motorsport holds the provisional lead of Rally Italia Sardegna, the fifth round of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) after a sublime performance by Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja on the penultimate day.
 


The Estonian crew built up an impressive 46-second lead during today’s gruelling eight-stage itinerary, which culminated in a red flag-affected final test, in which crews were assigned nominal times after disrupted runs. Dani Sordo and Cándido Carrera remain on course to repeat their podium performance from Rally de Portugal, as the Spaniards hold third place overall.
 


It was an early start for teams on Saturday, as crews began with the twice-run Tempio Pausania (SS10/SS12, 12.03km) and Erula-Tula (SS11/SS13, 15.27km) loop. With no opportunity for lunchtime service on the longest individual day of the rally, crews then embarked directly on the double-header of Coiluna-Loelle (SS14/SS16, 21.60km) and the famed Monte Lerno di Pattada (SS15/SS17, 17.01km).
 


There was action aplenty right from start with Tänak and Järveoja moving into the rally lead, taking the first of six stage wins. The Estonians had started the day just 0.7s from provisional leader Esapekka Lappi, who crashed out in the opening run through Tempio Pausania. Tänak had looked set to reclaim the lead regardless, having been up on the split times at that point. His advantage, however, became a more significant 21.5 seconds ahead of Craig Breen in second and team-mate Sordo, who advanced to third.
 


From there, the performance of the three Hyundai Motorsport crews stepped up another gear with a 1-2-3 in the following stage, the team’s second stage clean sweep of the weekend. Jubilations were sadly short-lived as Neuville and Wydaeghe rolled on SS12, putting an end to their fight-back ambitions.
 


Tänak, however, maintained masterful control of the rally, increasing his overall lead to half a minute by lunchtime’s regroup and tyre fitting zone. His dominance extended into the afternoon loops with three more stage wins. Sordo, meanwhile, was involved in a tight tussle with Breen for second place. The crews were nip and tuck throughout the day, with the Spanish crew escaping from a near-miss towards the end of SS15 to help the team’s third 1-2 in stage. They also lost valuable seconds with an awkward tour through the SS16 water splash.
 


Heading into the final stage of the day, the second pass of Monte Lerno, crews were set on completing the day in trouble-free fashion. A crash for Adrien Fourmaux brought out the red flags, forcing Sordo and Tänak to abort their runs. Rally organisers subsequently assigned the same time to Sordo, Tänak and Breen, equal to that of stage winner Kalle Rovanperä, confirming the team’s 46-second lead and provisional podium ahead of Sunday morning’s four scheduled stages.
 



Crew Notes: Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (#8 Hyundai i20 N Rally1)


•    Six individual stage wins for the Estonian crew as they moved into the rally lead

•    The crew holds a 46-second advantage with four stages left to run



Tänak said:
“Today was very good, I had a great feeling in the car, and I was able to control things. It’s been quite a long time since we had a run like that, to be honest. It was a bit more challenging when the conditions were hot, especially at lunchtime, otherwise the roads were holding up well. It was enjoyable. In the first stage this morning, when Esapekka was still in the fight, we gave it a good push.


We wanted to start well. After that, we were step by step kind of slowing down but the times kept coming. If you are in the right mood and rhythm that’s how it should be. We had a few driveability issues at times, but that seems to be related to the temperature; when it cooled down it became better again. We’ve been in this position before, and we know anything can still happen. It’s not over until the finish line is crossed.”
 




Crew Notes: Dani Sordo/Cándido Carrera (#6 Hyundai i20 N Rally1)


•    Strong Saturday for the Spaniards as they jumped up to third place

•    Close battle with Craig Breen for second place throughout the day
 


Sordo said:
“We had some good luck to be here at the end of the day in one piece – we had a few moments today. It was a mixed day for us. We lost some time on the more slippery stages and we need to work a bit in this area. On the second pass, things were generally better. We had a problem in the SS16 water splash. I went in a bit fast, and water came into the car.


For a moment, I thought we’d stop there but thankfully the engine started running again and we could complete the stage. The battle with Craig for second was nice, but he had a really good day and was faster than me, so it will be difficult to catch him.


We don’t have many kilometres left tomorrow. We want to fight with no problems, while also keeping Loubet behind. Let’s see if our good fortune continues until the end of the rally.”
 



Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (#11 Hyundai i20 N Rally1)


•    Belgian crew was determined to put Friday’s frustrations behind them

•    Fast times in opening stages but a roll on SS12 ended their Saturday
 


Neuville said
: “After the disappointment of Friday’s technical issue, our target this morning was to go out there, give it a big push and have some fun. We made an aggressive tyre strategy and went hard on the opening stages. The tyres felt good, and the first two times were interesting. Unfortunately, we went a bit over the limit on the third one.


I got caught out at a slow right-hander; I was late on the brakes, I climbed up the embankment and rolled the car. We kept going but I couldn’t make it to the end, and we had to retire for the day. Our rally was basically over yesterday but we wanted to continue fighting, not only for us but also for the team and mechanics, who always do an incredible job.


We knew it would be a risk, especially when trying to make the impossible possible. We will be back in action tomorrow when we’ll be giving it everything to take maximum points in the Power Stage.”
 



Deputy Team Director Julien Moncet said:
“Ott and Martin have had an outstanding day, winning most of the stages and showing the competitiveness of our Hyundai i20 N Rally1 car on gravel. He has a solid lead of 46 seconds. It has been great to see him fighting for the win, and for us to be in contention for the highest podium place. Dani and Cándido also had strong pace, albeit with a moment in the water splash that cost them some time.


We have some work to support Dani on the settings and set-up, but he will be looking to maintain his third place on the final day – that’s certainly the target. We already knew Thierry and Martijn’s rally was effectively over before it started, so we used the opportunity to try some alternative things.



He gave it his all, with a different strategy - taking five tyres instead of six – but unfortunately, he made a mistake in one corner, which forced him to retire. We have fixed the car for him to resume tomorrow.”
 




Sunday at a Glance



•    Four short but familiar stages remain on the final day, held close to the Alghero Service Park: a repeated run through Cala Flumini (12.55km) and Sassari-Argentiera 7.10km)


•    Crews will face a total of 39.30 competitive kilometres and an opportunity for extra championships points in the Power Stage.
 




Classification after Day Two

 
1    O. Tänak     M. Järveoja    Hyundai i20 N Rally1    2:43:35.6
2    C. Breen    P. Nagle    Ford Puma Rally1    +46.0
3    D. Sordo     C. Carrera    Hyundai i20 N Rally1    +1:06.8
4    P. L. Loubet    V. Landais    Ford Puma Rally1    +1:31.8
5    K. Rovanperä    J. Halttunen    Toyota GR Yaris Rally1    +2:23.2
6    T. Katsuta    A. Johnston    Toyota GR Yaris Rally1    +3:52.3
7    G. Greensmith    J. Andersson    Ford Puma Rally1    +5:03.3

 
Thomas Villette,Nicoletta Russo  photos Hyundai


Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/hyundai-motorsport-lead-rally-italia-sardegna-taenak---238332.html

04.06.2022 / MaP

More News

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing battles on in bruising Sardinia
04.06.2022
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team experienced a difficult Saturday on the rough roads of Rally Italia Sardegna, with Kalle Rovanperä now its highest-placed driver and up to fifth overall.  Esapekka Lappi led the field b more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 17 final standings on Saturday - Tänak leads
04.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Friday, June 3rd 2022all LIVE here   After the Fourmaux accident the stage get interrupted, it is know that Tänak had a red flag, more to come....   more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 17 top 15 win for Rovanperä as Tänak leads Loubet and Rovanperä, Fourmaux crashes
04.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS17 MONTE LERNO di PATTADA 2 Saturday, June 4th 2022all LIVE here1 & more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 15 -win and lead for Estonian Tänak
04.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS15 MONTE LERNO di PATTADA 1 Saturday, June 4th 2022all LIVE here   more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 14 top 20 - Stage win for Tänak and lead over Breen and Sordo
04.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS14 COILUNA - LOELLE 1 - LIVE TV Saturday, June 4th 2022all LIVE here 1 more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 13 full result-Win and lead for Tänak over Breen and Sordo
04.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS13 ERULA - TULA 2 Saturday, June 4th 2022all LIVE here 1   more >>
Ott Tänak leads in Sardegna as Lappi crash and Neuville rolls- with video
04.06.2022
Ott Tänak moved into the lead of Rally Italia Sardegna after overnight leader Esapekka Lappi swiped a rock on Saturday morning’s opening test.Lappi held a slender advantage over the Estonian driver following Friday’s punishing leg, and ent more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 12 classification top 20 - Breen takes stage as Tänak leads
04.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS12 TEMPIO PAUSANIA 2  Saturday, June 4th 2022all LIVE here   1 &nb more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 11 classification - Tänak again winner and overall lead
04.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS11 ERULA - TULA 1 Saturday, June 4th 2022all LIVE here1     #8 more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 10 classification - Tänak takes stage and leads Breen and Sordo, live
04.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS10 TEMPIO PAUSANIA 1  Saturday, June 4th 2022all LIVE here1   more >>
Terenzio Testoni: Tough conditions as expected with a solid performance from the Scorpions
04.06.2022
The first day of the Rally Italia Sardegna, led by Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi, ended with no big surprises from a technical point of view: high temperatures and tough gravel stages that provided a stern test for all the hard and soft compounds. &nbs more >>
Hyundai Motorsport is involved in a tantalisingly close fight for the lead of Rally Italia Sardegna
04.06.2022
... with Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja just 0.7s adrift in second place•    Dani Sordo and Cándido Carrera hold fifth overall, as the crew targets its second consecutive podium finish of the season• & more >>
Lappi leads for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
04.06.2022
Rally Italia Sardegna: Day 2 The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team leads Rally Italia Sardegna with Esapekka Lappi at the end of his first full day of gravel competition in the GR YARIS Rally1.  Lappi won two of th more >>
Retirements in Rally Italy Sardegna after Friday stages
03.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Friday, June 3rd 2022all LIVE here#47     AUS L. ANEAR     more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna Friday final standings - Lappi leads Tänak and Loubet
03.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Friday, June 3rd 2022all LIVE here1     #4     more >>
Esapekka Lappi leads Rally Italy Sardegna - stages 8 and 9 cancelled
03.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Friday, June 3rd 2022all LIVE hereEsapekka Lappi delivered a near-perfect drive to round o more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 7 top 37 - Lappi wins stage and takes lead from Tänak and Loubet
03.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS7 SEDINI - CASTELSARDO 1 Friday, June 3rd 2022all LIVE here1   & more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 6 standings top 30 - Tänak takes stage and lead over Lappi and Breen
03.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS6 OSILO - TERGU 1 Friday, June 3rd 2022all LIVE here   1   & more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 5 standings - Sordo takes stage as Tänak leads Lappi and Loubet, all live
03.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS5 MONTI di ALA' e BUDDUSO' 2 Friday, June 3rd 2022all LIVE here 1  &nb more >>
Rally Italia Sardegna morning notes and quotes - Evans retires
03.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS5 MONTI di ALA' e BUDDUSO' 2 Friday, June 3rd 2022all LIVE hereOtt Tänak opened up a sl more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 4 top 40 standings- Sordo win stage and Tänak leads Lappi and Loubet
03.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS4 TERRANOVA 2 Friday, June 3rd 2022all LIVE hereDani Sordo takes stage win as Ott Tänak keeps leading Lappi and Loubet while Thierry Neuville is now on 6th more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 3 -Lappi takes stage and lead over Tänak and Evans
03.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS3 MONTI di ALA' e BUDDUSO' 1 Friday, June 3rd 2022all LIVE here     more >>
Rally Italy Sardegna stage 2 - Evans takes stage and lead over Tänak and Loubet - all live
03.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2021Overall - SS2 TERRANOVA 1 Friday, June 3rd 2022all LIVE hereEvans takes stage 2 win and takes lead from Neuville more >>
Tough Sardegna challenge underway for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
02.06.2022
Rally Italia Sardegna: Day 1   The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has kicked-off Rally Italia Sardegna with a smooth run through a super special stage in Olbia ahead of what is set to be a demanding weekend on the island&rsq more >>
Rally Italia Sardegna stage 1 standings Neuville leads Katsuta and Evans
02.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2022Overall - SS1 OLBIA-CABU ABBAS - LIVE TV Thursday, June 2nd 2022all LIVE  here more >>
Shakedown Rally Italia Sardegna - Neuville fastest from Lappi and Evans, Live
02.06.2022
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRally Italia Sardegna2-5 June 2022Thursday June 2nd 2022All Live and Videopass HERE1     #11 & more >>
Rovanperä bids to maintain untouchable form at Rally Italia Sardegna
01.06.2022
 Finn targets fourth consecutive win Kalle Rovanperä hunts for a fourth consecutive victory at this weekend’s Rally Italia Sardegna (2 - 5 June) as his Toyota Gazoo Racing squad bids for back-to-back wins on the tough Mediterrane more >>
Kalle Rovanperä's target for Sardinia -doing good job
31.05.2022
RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2022WRC RALLY Championship, Round 52 - 5 June 2022Kalle Rovanperä (Driver car 69)“Sardinia will be another tough rally. The stages there have been tricky for me in the pas more >>
Elfyn Evans - Building on Portugal success
31.05.2022
RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2022WRC RALLY Championship, Round 52 - 5 June 2022Elfyn Evans (Driver car 33)“It was good to get a strong result on the board in Portugal and although I wasn’t fully satisfie more >>
Esapekka Lappi - some good rallies in Sardinia
31.05.2022
RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2022WRC RALLY Championship, Round 52 - 5 June 2022Esapekka Lappi (Driver car 4)“It was great to see the performance of the GR YARIS Rally1 on gravel in Portugal and this has certainly ma more >>
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing targets gravel double in Sardinia
31.05.2022
The trip to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia comes hot on the heels of last week’s Rally de Portugal, where the team claimed a one-two finish in the first gravel event of the hybrid Rally1 era. After three consecutive wins on three different surfaces, Kalle Rovanperä lea more >>
Craig Breen: Let's attack in Rally Italia Sardegna
31.05.2022
RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2022WRC RALLY Championship, Round 52 - 5 June 2022     Craig Breen, said:  “Really looking forward to Sardinia, it hasn’t been very long since the rally in Portugal but I’m hap more >>
Gus Greensmith hopes for good result in Sardinia
31.05.2022
RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2022WRC RALLY Championship, Round 52 - 5 June 2022     Gus Greensmith, said: “It’s a very quick turnaround between Portugal and Sardinia, so it’s a nice feeling t more >>
Pierre Loubet hoping for great pace again in Rally Italia Sardegna
31.05.2022
RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2022WRC RALLY Championship, Round 52 - 5 June 2022     Pierre-Louis Loubet, said: “I’m really happy to be going to Sardinia, its one of my favourite rallies and one of my more >>
Adrien Fourmaux hoping for better result in Sardinia
31.05.2022
RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2022WRC RALLY Championship, Round 52 - 5 June 2022Adrien Fourmaux, said: “I’m very happy to be back in Sardinia, it will be my fourth time doing the rally, but the first time competing in a top-level WRC car. more >>
Pride of Ford Pumas prepared for rough and tough Sardinia
31.05.2022
RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2022WRC RALLY Championship, Round 52 - 5 June 2022Only one week since the tough conditions of Rally de Portugal, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team prepares to launch again on Rally d’Italia Sardinia. more >>
Rally Italia Sardegna Entry List 2022
31.05.2022
RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2022WRC RALLY Championship, Round 52 - 5 June 20221 69 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT Kalle ROVANPERÄJonne HALTTUNEN FIN FINTOYOTA GR Yaris Rally1 RC1 Rally1 P1 M2 11 HYUNDAI SHEL more >>
Rally Italia Sardegna - Livestream schedule
31.05.2022
RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2022WRC RALLY Championship, Round 52 - 5 June 2022ALL LIVE - Livestream Videpass HERE   &n more >>
Rally Italia Sardegna at a glance - video preview
31.05.2022
RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2022WRC RALLY Championship, Round 52 - 5 June 2022Weekend at a Glance•    Rally Italia Sardegna kicks off on Thursday with an evening super special stage: Olbia-Cabu Abbas (3.23km)   more >>

Kategorien

2001-2022 automobilsport.com full copyright