Hyundai Shell World Rally Team fin­ishes in style at Rally Mex­ico

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The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has cel­e­brated a land­mark re­sult in the gru­elling Rally Mex­ico with lead driver Thierry Neuville scor­ing a maiden podium for the team.

Aussie Chris Atkin­son also se­cured a points fin­ish in his first com­pet­i­tive out­ing in the Hyundai i20 WRC, fight­ing his way back to sev­enth place af­ter over­com­ing tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties early in the rally.

Thierry Neuville with his co-driver Ni­co­las Gil­soul were in scin­til­lat­ing form over the weekend af­ter ini­tially strug­gling with the gravel ter­rain and high al­ti­tude on the first full day.

The Bel­gium put in a string of com­pet­i­tive stage times on Satur­day to edge his way into a podium po­si­tion by the end of the day be­fore con­tin­u­ing his fine form into Sun­day’s fi­nal stages to con­sol­i­date the re­sult and pick up 15 driv­ers’ points.

The re­sult wasn’t with­out its mo­ments of drama, be­cause the Hyundai i20 WRC de­vel­oped a ra­di­a­tor leak at the con­clu­sion of the fi­nal stage.

For Chris Atkin­son Rally Mex­ico was his first com­pet­i­tive WRC event for more than a year and his first as a driver for the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team.

The Aussie ex­ceeded the team’s ex­pec­ta­tions by com­plet­ing the gru­elling event in his Hyundai i20 WRC fin­ish­ing a highly com­mend­able sev­enth place over­all, pick­ing up six well de­served cham­pi­onship points.

Atkin­son and co-driver Stéphane Prévot had to over­come some tech­ni­cal is­sues on the open­ing day but still reg­is­tered a top 10 po­si­tion head­ing into Satur­day’s stages.

The pair­ing con­tin­ued to fight hard de­spite en­coun­ter­ing de­mand­ing con­di­tions through the Mex­i­can gravel ter­rain as one of the first driv­ers to con­test each stage.

They achieved the tar­get of com­plet­ing the rally and en­sur­ing that Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, in just its third WRC event, brought both cars to the fin­ish for the first time.

Rally Mex­ico has been the tough­est test so far for the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team with some of the long­est, most ar­du­ous stages and phys­i­cal de­mands on the team with the high al­ti­tude in Mex­ico.

The re­sult marks the first time that both Hyundai i20 WRC cars com­plete a full rally event but to do so with a podium re­sult far ex­ceeds the team’s ob­jec­tives and adds 23 cham­pi­onship points to its 2014 tally.

For a full run­down on road­ready Hyundai ve­hi­cles call into Shep­par­ton Hyundai, Be­nalla Rd. Or phone the show­room on 5822 5877.

Thierry Neuville with his co-driver Ni­co­las Gil­soul were in scin­til­lat­ing form scor­ing a maiden podium for the team

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