Hyundai freezes national events' outings after difficult 2022 WRC start

The deputy team principal of Hyundai Motorsport, Julien Moncet, reveals that his team will pause the participations in national rallies with the i20N Rally1 car after the difficult start at this year's Rallye Monte Carlo, but he did not close the door on this possibility.

All the Hyundai drivers faced reliability issues with their i20N Rally1 car in Monte Carlo and in fact Thierry Neuville was the only driver who got to the finish of this event as Oliver Solberg and Ott Tanak were forced to retire due to the fact that they faced some problems with their cars.

However, it must be mentioned that Hyundai Motorsport is the only WRC team which competed in many national rallies the previous years as it was an opportunity for the team and its drivers to prepare for WRC events and to spend more time inside their car.

In addition to these two factors, Hyundai used national rallies as an opportunity for the mechanics to get data and feedback from the drivers with the intention of developing further the car.

"I do not discard this possibility", Moncet said.

"But currently I think we have to make the base of the car working fine, to work on the basics first, make sure everything is optimized, that we have all the spare parts that we need and so on before we start to go here and there.

"We have to focus really on our core job at the moment and not try to go in every direction.

"I do not discard this possibility but I do not see it any time soon".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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