Hyundai Motorsport has claimed its first podium finish of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) as Thierry Neuville clinched third in Rally México

  • Hayden Paddon completed the rally in fifth place to score important Championship points
  • Neuville won the Power Stage to take five extra points with Dani Sordo also scoring. Hyundai Motorsport took six stage wins in total in Mexico.

13 March 2017 – Hyundai Motorsport has opened its 2017 podium tally after Thierry Neuville completed Rally México in third position overall.
After disappointing results in Monte-Carlo and Sweden, in which they were forced to relinquish a commanding lead, the Belgian crew of Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul finally returned to the top-three after a solid weekend. They finished the rally in style with a Power Stage win and five extra points.
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Back on the podium
The result marks Hyundai Motorsport’s 21st WRC podium in an event where the team also claimed its 100th stage win this weekend. It also heralds the team’s second podium in Mexico, repeating the feat from its debut season in 2014 when Neuville also scored third.
Hayden Paddon scored his first top-five result of the year while Dani Sordo was forced to settle for eighth after 17 contested stages. Fuel pressure issues hampered all three crews on Friday, which prevented them from mounting a stronger fight for the overall victory.
The final morning of the rally was far from straightforward with rain falling early on. A total of 54.90 competitive kilometres were run, with the 32.96km La Calera test followed by the 21.94km Derramadero Power Stage. Still, all Hyundai Motorsport crews completed the rally to pick up important points for both Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships.
Crew Notes: Neuville/Gilsoul (#5 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Neuville and Gilsoul took a total of four stage wins during a tricky Mexico weekend to reiterate their 2017 credentials. After issues on Friday, the Belgian duo opted to focus on securing a commendable podium, on which they will build for the next round in Corsica, where they finished second less than six months ago.

Neuville said: “I can only say that I am really happy to have finished on the podium here in Mexico. It’s dedicated to the whole team of Hyundai Motorsport who have kept pushing me after the disappointment of the first two rallies. I described Monte and Sweden as fast but frustrating, so it’s great to be back in the top-three and scoring Power Stage points today. The team has worked hard this weekend,