The Hyundai Motorsports World Rally Championship team had a fantastic Rally Finland where Ott Tanak and Craig Breen came home in second and third place respectively.
Speaking following the action, Ott Tanak commented saying:
It has been great fun to be competing in Rally Finland, the first time for me on these roads with this car. Hyundai didn’t have a great track record in this event in previous years, however this weekend we were fighting for stage wins and for victory for most of the event. We almost made it, but we know what we can achieve now. Coming back next year – admittedly with a new concept of car – we will try to go one better.”
Craig Breen and his co-driver Paul Nagle claimed their third consecutive podium finish this weekend and speaking following the event, the ecstatic Irish man said:
It’s a proud moment to finish on the podium in Rally Finland, and to have been part of the team’s best result in this event. I can’t honestly believe that we’ve taken three podiums in a row! It has been a really good weekend for us, and I have loved every single second. Of course, I’d have loved to have gone to that extra level, and to fight for the win. We’re not quite there yet, but it’s so much better than it has been.
Team Principal Andrea Adamo said:
“We have come to Finland, a rally where we have never been competitive, where we’ve always struggled, and we have fought for the win right until the end. It’s thanks to the entire team package – our drivers, co-drivers, engineers, mechanics, have worked really hard. I don’t think anyone was expecting us to be so close to the win, with two cars in the podium positions. It might be another occasion where we are not winning but we have never stopped believing in our capabilities and this result is testament to that.”
The team’s double podium means that Ott Tanak is now fifth in the championship on 128 points while Craig Breen is sixth on 76 points.