Hyundai Motorsport Records Second Double Podium Of 2016 In Rally Of Spain

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Hyundai Motorsport has claimed its second double podium finish in 2016 World Rally Championship, by scoring second and third positions in Rally of Spain.

Spanish driver Dani Sordo who led the rally for a brief period had to settle for the second position as Volkswagen driver Sebastien Ogier claimed victory.

Second place for Sordo means that he equaled his best result this season and improved on the third place finish last year in Rally of Spain.

His teammate Thierry Neuville finished third overall which was his fifth top three result in 2016 and also his third consecutive podium this year. He moves into the second position in the drivers championship.

Another Hyundai driver Hayden Paddon finished fourth with some consistent pace throughout the rally. Which also includes a couple of top-two stage times.

Hyundai WRC team's fourth driver Kevin Abbring has delivered his career best result in Rally of Spain. He finished in seventh and also achieved the objective of scoring the points for the team.

Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan said, "We wanted to fight for the win today but it just wasn't to be on this occasion, however we have to be happy with this double podium. Dani has had a fantastic weekend in front of his home crowd and thoroughly deserves this result."

He added, "To have two crews on the podium, with Thierry taking his fifth podium of the season and now being in close contention for second place in the drivers' championship, is a satisfying achievement. It's even more pleasing when we see Hayden taking his best ever tarmac result in fourth and Kevin taking his WRC career best."

Story first published: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 13:09 [IST]
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