They’ve had an excellent season so far and now Hyundai Motorsport wants to flex its muscle at the Rally Finland.
Beginning Friday (AEST time), the World Rally Championship (WRC) event marks the start of the second half of the season and Hyundai is hoping for its best-showing so far in Finland.
The team has never managed a finish better than fourth, and with Kiwi-ace Hayden Paddon still in contention, a podium finish for the team is on the agenda.
The event is also the first since a serious accident left Hyundai driver Dani Sordo with a fractured vertebra, an incident put down to a suspension failure.
After intensive testing in Finland since last week, Team Principal Michel Nandan, says the team is ready to move forward, albeit without Dani this time around.
“We’ve had some decent performances in Finland in the past two seasons but we’ve not yet cracked the top-three, so that’s our target this weekend.
“We already identified the cause of Dani’s crash and have taken all necessary steps to ensure we don’t see a repeat of that issue.”
While Paddon says he feels right at home in Finland.
“I think Finland is the one we always look forward to the most. It’s like the home of rallying, the Monaco Grand Prix of the World Rally Championship.
“It’s a rally that I aspire to win one day, it’s very high on my list!
“We have a good car and a good package this year, so for sure we are going to try and fight right up near the front.
“But the Scandinavians on home turf are also very fast so we’ll have our work cut out for us. We’re feeling up for the challenge.”