Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Andrea Adamo says the team’s main aim for next weekend’s FIA World Rally Championship season ending Rally Monza is to secure the manufacturers championship after winning the three events this season including taking a 1-2 finish in Sardinia last month and speaking ahead of the event, Adamo said:
“We arrive at the final round of a demanding and tricky season with a very important task in front of us: to defend our manufacturers’ title. On paper, we have an advantage of seven points but at the pinnacle of rallying this is nothing. We can’t take anything for granted as we prepare for the first-ever WRC event in Monza, a truly historic and special venue for any motorsport fan. We have three crews who have all shown this year that they can win, but even that doesn’t guarantee results. We will have to work hard for that and keep pushing right up to the final Power Stage. It’s entirely in our hands.”
Thierry Nueville goes into the event in third place in the championship having won one event and scored two second place finishes and speaking ahead of the race he commented saying:
Rally Monza is definitely a special event for this year and it’s good to add it to the WRC calendar in such a difficult situation. I have done Monza a couple of times as a rally show, which was certainly different to the format in which we are going to run it this year in WRC. I’ve always had an enjoyable experience there; this season finale is going to be an exciting event, very intense and almost like a sprint with small gaps between the crews. We will give it everything we’ve got.
Ott Tanak goes into the event next weekend having also scored two second place finishes and a win and is looking forward to bouncing back from a disappointing event last time out and speaking ahead of the event he said:
Monza is obviously a new event, somewhere that I’ve never been before. I’ve seen some footage and mostly it looks to be very different in terms of concept. We’ll have a full day of circuit-based stages, followed by a day in the forest, so a big challenge. From the team’s perspective, we need to do all we can to defend the manufacturers’ title. There are also some things still open in the drivers’ championship too. As it’s the last event, it will be all or nothing.
Dani Sordo took victory last time out in Sardinia, a result that has put Hyundai back into the lead in the manufacturers championship and speaking about the ecent in Monza he said:
The objective is very clear: to try and fight for the overall victory and to target the manufacturers’ title. It is a very important mission for our team. We are leading by just seven points so it will be a close fight. I have been to Monza Rally Show in the past, but this event will be unique. We have the first day enclosed in the circuit, using new and old parts, including famous sections like Parabolica, as well as gravel and mud sections. The next day will be completely outside. It promises to be a nice rally!”