Hyundai plan ra­di­a­tor changes af­ter Neuville trou­bles

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Hyundai will make changes to its i20 WRC in the next fort­night in an ef­fort to avoid an­other trans­mis­sion fail­ure sim­i­lar to the one which ruled Thierry Neuville out of last week’s Rally Swe­den.

Neuville dropped six min­utes on day one when the rear dif­fer­en­tial seized on his new-for-2016 i20, forc­ing the car into front-wheel drive only.

“We had no cool­ing on the dif­fer­en­tial,” said Neuville, “so it cooked it­self and then it ex­ploded. It must have all melted in­side, the noise was bad and I could feel it try­ing to lock, it was slow­ing down the wheels and then it went bang.”

The prob­lem was caused by an oil leak in the dif­fer­en­tial cool­ing ra­di­a­tor.

Hyundai team head Michel Nan­dan ex­plained: “We had a leak on the fit­ting for the diff cooler. The oil came out and there was no more oil in the diff, so ev­ery­thing seized. This prob­lem was 100 per cent our fault. This was one part which, pro­vi­sion­ally, was go­ing to be changed for Mex­ico af­ter a test – that’s the plan now. We have a new ra­di­a­tor com­ing and we will change the route for the pipes.”

Af­ter a promis­ing podium on the sea­son opener in Monte Carlo, Neuville heads to Mex­ico 41 points down on se­ries leader Se­bastien Ogier.

“Of course it’s dis­ap­point­ing,” Neuville said. “We would have been in se­cond place, but that’s the game. I can’t say any­thing about Mex­ico, I can’t do more than my job. I do that and I hope for the best.”

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