Dif­fi­cult rally for Mar­shall and Ab­bring PRYCE AND BIRTH­DAY BOY FUR­NESS TAKE DMACK WIN ON FIRST TRY

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Bri­tish co-driver Se­bas­tian Mar­shall’s Rally of Por­tu­gal was cut short af­ter his Hyundai team with­drew his and Kevin Ab­bring’s i20 WRC.

The pair had en­dured a dif­fi­cult event, re­tir­ing early on Fri­day and Satur­day af­ter dam­ag­ing steer­ing and sus­pen­sion on the Porto-based rally.

The team took the de­ci­sion not to en­ter them on Sun­day, in­stead us­ing the time to pre­pare the car for next month’s Rally Italy.

“Lo­gis­ti­cally, it’s quite a challenge,” said a Hyundai spokesman. “Ob­vi­ously, it’s a long jour­ney to Sar­dinia and we have to build a com­pletely new car. It helped be­ing able to pre­pare Kevin’s car in Por­tu­gal, but it’s likely we will have work on the new car when it ar­rives in Italy.”

There are also likely to be knock-on ef­fects on the spares pack­age avail­able in Italy, with some of the trans­mis­sion and en­gine parts that would have been used to back-up Hyundai’s Sar­dinian ef­fort be­ing used on the en­try car it­self.

Mar­shall and Ab­bring will be back in action in Italy, run­ning a 2015 i20 again.

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