Hyundai Motorsports WRC Team head into the final day of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship season of ACI Rally Monza on Sunday leading the Manufacturers championship following a tricky day in the mountains.
Dani Sordo who led the event following Friday’s action heads into the final day in second place overall, 17.8s behind Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Sebastien Ogier.
Speaking following the action today Sordo said:
It was another really difficult day. We expected it to be worse because when we saw the conditions yesterday it was already amazing. Honestly, we had one really bad stage today where we lost a bit of time. When the second loop started, I was at the back so perhaps we had worse conditions, but I can’t complain. It was disappointing to see Elfyn and Scott retire in the stage, but I am thankful to them for warning us to slow down. The snow was tricky, and it was the right decision to cancel the afternoon stage (SS12). Tomorrow, we have our focus on trying to secure the manufacturers’ title so we will try to drive safely; in these conditions it’s too easy for something to happen. If we could go flat out but safely that would be nicest!”
Ott Tanak gained two places during the day to move into third place overall just 4.3s behind his team mate Dani Sordo and reflecting on his day he commented saying:
This morning, I felt that things were easier than expected. The stages were a bit more consistent, but it was a very different story in the afternoon loop. All in all, it was something incredibly demanding. We were often not with the ideal tyres because we were expecting more rainy, wet conditions, but then – in the middle of the stage – suddenly there was white stuff on the ground. We had to discover this for the first time ourselves, which was far from straightforward. We made it through and the aim for tomorrow is to finish this rally cleanly.”
Thierry Neuville who retired from the event on Friday did not restart on Saturday and therefore will play no further part in the event on Sunday. Speaking following Saturday’s action, Hyundai Team Principal Andrea Adamo said:
It has been shown that Rally Monza is a very real rally with real challenges, something that brings memories of Rallye Monte-Carlo at times. We can understand why one stage has been cancelled today, but the actions and the emotions that we have experienced today are really incredible. I hope the fans have enjoyed it. Honestly, it’s been a bit less enjoyable for us; we now have to be focused for the final day. Ott and Dani, together with Martin and Carlos, have done an amazing job, bringing back the cars home safely in tricky, treacherous and fast-changing conditions. I have to say thanks also to the team for how they have behaved and reacted with the challenges we have seen throughout. We have opted not to run the car of Thierry tomorrow, as the damages we have seen are quite important and it would be silly to take any further risks.”