The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has captured its maiden World Rally Championship victory, with Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul taking the Rallye Deutschland checkered flag this past weekend in their #7 i20 WRC car.
Although Neuville suffered a major crash during the car’s pre-race shakedown on August 21, the team's mechanics worked 18 hours straight to have the car ready for the race start the day after. Neuville was then able to put the crash behind him, and was fighting for a podium finish on Sunday, August 24, when the two leading cars retired, giving him the lead all the way to the finish line.
Teammates Dani Sordo and Marc Marti finished in second place in the #8 i20, giving the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team a 1-2 finish for its maiden victory.
"I am really happy for the entire Hyundai Shell World Rally Team and everyone back at the factory in Alzenau," Neuville said after the race. "Everyone has worked so hard in the past year to get us to where we are this season, so to celebrate my debut WRC win with them is very special. It is even better that we have a 1-2 in our home event. I am particularly thankful for the team's hard work this weekend. They did a fantastic job after our roll on Thursday to get the car repaired, which makes this result more incredible. We have had three competitive days and we have been able to put the pressure on."
To celebrate this fantastic feat, here's a photo of the winners' car in airborne action.