Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke had one job (oh, I AM oversimplifying things, I know) and they failed, but that’s how this sport works and hopefully will continue to work in years to come. Thierry Neuville and Hyundai Motorsport did everything right, on the other hand. Thierry spent his bad luck points early in the game, rolling out of shakedown, and Hyundai’s mechanics did an amazing job of putting his car back together. Fantastic win on Volkswagen’s home turf, this will surely be one of the highlights of 2014. Dani Sordo came second, which is not surprising at all seeing how massively in love he is with this event – for some reason Dani enjoys driving fast on insanely narrow and twisty stages. Third spot went to Andreas Mikkelsen while fourth, along with 3 powerstage points, was claimed by quite man from Wales, M-Sport’s Elfyn Evans. Huge result for Elfyn and a great confidence boost, no doubt.
Oh man, this is the Hyundai we’ve been waiting for. They still maybe lack a bit of pace compared to the Wolfsburg powerhouse, but it’s only a matter of time. One thing is certain, this is not the old, early 2000s Hyundai, with their halfbaked efforts, oh no. This is a brand new team with strength and will to fight for top spots. Congratulations, girls and boys of Hyundai Motorsport!
Of course, you want your Hyundai & Thierry themed wallpaper, and you’re in luck because here it is (click on the image below for full resolution version).