Hyundai Motorsport is Down Under to contest the Rally Australia for what is sure to be a nail-biting climax to the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship this weekend, with Hyundai firmly in contention for both the drivers' and manufacturers' titles.
This is an event where Hyundai has enjoyed success in the recent past - Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul won the rally last year with Hayden Paddon and Seb Marshall in third place - and so we are hoping history will repeat itself after a challenging run in Spain last time out.
Rally de España proved to be an intense and highly competitive event for all the manufacturers and most crews. The level of competition was incredible and the result was only settled in the Power Stage, offering an exciting finale for the fans.
"Naturally we were disappointed that Thierry picked up a broken rim that stopped him from taking home a podium. It would have capped off a remarkable comeback weekend after his struggles on day one, but these things happen in rallying, we accept it and move on," said Michel Nandan, team principal of Hyundai Motorsport.
"We have seen a change in the drivers' points with Sébastien Ogier narrowly in front heading to Australia, but at least that means Thierry won't be first on the road here and he will have the psychological advantage of being the hunter rather than the hunted."
With Dani Sordo finishing fifth in Spain, Hyundai Motorsport has also managed to reduce the gap to Toyota in the manufacturers' championship to just 12 points. "It's also a deficit we must have confidence in working to overcome. Everyone in the team has an important job to do in helping Hyundai try to claim its first world title," said Nandan.
"So once again, the championship battles will be settled on this final round of the season - and rest assured, everyone here at Hyundai Motorsport will give it all we've got!"