The 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) has been quite successful for Hyundai. The team has achieved consecutive top-three finishes in the two opening rounds of the season and are aiming to maintain its unbroken run of podium finishes. The new generationi20 WRC achieved third place for Thierry Neuville in Monte-Carlo and second for Hayden Paddon in Sweden. This marked first-ever back-to-back podiums for Hyundai Motorsport.
The responsibility of this outcome will rest on the experienced shoulders of Thierry Neuville, who attained a memorable finish on the Mexico podium in the year 2014 with Shell World Rally Team. He will be joined by Dani Sordo while Hayden Paddon will drive for Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team. This year’s Rally Mexico will cover over 399 km over 21 stages across the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanajuato mountain ranges, starting on March 3 with the exciting Guanajuato ceremonial start.
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “Our team heads to Mexico with a lot of positivity after the performances so far this year. At the same time, we know that this rally will offer a new set of challenges and demands on our New Generation i20 WRC cars and the team itself. The new car has already proven to be a step forward on its predecessor but we have more to learn on the tough Mexican terrain. We will have to wait and see if we can challenge for the podium again but that’s our objective. This year’s itinerary for Rally Mexico includes an extremely daunting 80km stage which will put the cars and crews under immense pressure. There will be no room for error and it adds an extra layer of difficulty to a rally that was already one of the toughest. It will be exciting - and nerve-wracking - to follow. We head to Mexico just five points behind Volkswagen Motorsport in the Manufacturers’ Championship, so we’re more than motivated to fight at the front - and hopefully to make it three podiums in a row!”