Monday | 12 Oct 2020

Adamo proud of Hyundai's Italian job

A second 1-2 result in three rallies returned Hyundai Motorsport to the top of the FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers’ table – but team principal Andrea Adamo’s pride in the result goes beyond Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville’s efforts at Rally Italia Sardegna.

In addition to scoring maximum points, the Italian pointed to Jari Huttunen’s WRC 3 win as another reason to smile.

“Let’s see this picture a bit wider,” said Adamo. “In the first eight positions, there are five Hyundais. It’s something that, when I saw it on the screen, really emotions was raising in me because it means a lot for Hyundai Motorsport.

“Today we won 1-2 in WRC, but we also won with Jari in WRC 3. All these things are not totally up to me. I have to say a lot for my people, it’s the team and the people who are making this possible.

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“The effort is incredible, but to see five cars in the top eight is something very special – and something we saw from other manufacturers before, but not for us until now.”

Understandably, Sordo was delighted with his second consecutive win in Sardinia.

“Honestly, I am very, very happy,” he said. “OK, in the end it was maybe a little bit closer than we would have liked – but we managed to keep the advantage. Those guys were coming quickly on the last day. I didn’t want to make a mistake, I wanted this win.

“The car felt really nice for me all the way through this event. I found a good set-up from the pre-event test and everything was good from there.”

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Neuville struggled with the set-up on day one, but ultimately followed the direction of Sordo’s car and found more speed from Friday afternoon onwards. He also shipped 10sec when the car stalled on the first morning.

“I have done the maximum I could do here,” he said. “This is a strong result to be P2, I think we could have managed to be P1 and obviously I would have preferred that, but OK we are here and here with more points for the championship.”

The only cloud on Hyundai’s weekend was a €30,000 fine after the rear sub frame on Sordo’s i20 was found to be almost 25g lighter than allowed at post-event scrutineering.

Adamo told stewards the breach was a quality control error and €20,000 of the fine was suspended subject to no further quality control breaches in the next 12 months.