Hyundai is getting closer to its goal after Finland success

The team principal of Hyundai Motorsport, Cyril Abiteboul, says that Thierry Neuville's second place in Finland proves that the team is getting closer to its goal and to Toyota while their wish is to repeat the 1-2-3 finish in Greece next week.

The Alzenau-based team is in second place overall in the manufacturers' championship and is 67 points behind Toyota before heading to Acropolis Rally as the Koreans have won only one event so far in comparison with their rival team that claimed seven victories out of nine events. After Kalle Rovanpera's crash in Stage 8, Thierry Neuville was fighting with Elfyn Evans for the lead of Rally Finland, but the Welshman set the fastest time in one stage after another and increased his advantage over TN on Saturday. With four rounds remaining until the season finale, Hyundai is aiming to repeat last year's success at Acropolis Rally next weekend as Neuville, Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo wrote history in Greece in 2022 after securing the first 1-2-3 finish for Hyundai in World Rally Championship.

"Following a podium in Finland and a dominant performance here last year, we are feeling confident for Acropolis Rally.", Abiteboul said.

"An exciting battle for Teemu on Rally Finland’s Sunday showed how competitive the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid has become, and Thierry’s success in second shows that we are getting closer to our goal. 

"Nevertheless, we continue to push the limits to keep developing the car and close the gap to Toyota. 

"Our dream for this weekend is ultimately to have a repeat of last year's results; at a minimum we are targeting all cars finishing in the top five".

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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