While the team was unable to break into the top ten for the first time, Juho Hanninen ensured that Hyundai came away from Rally Sweden with its first silverware after becoming the latest winner of the Colin's Crest Award.
The award, named after the late Colin McRae, is awarded to the driver who is able to travel the furthest distance over the Vargåsen jump, with Hanninen managing to leap 36 metres at the wheel of his i20 WRC.
In what was his first outing in the car, Hanninen had looked good to score points through the opening day and a half before being forced to retire on Friday afternoon with damaged suspension.
Returning under Rally 2 on the final day, Hanninen was not only able to take the Colin's Crest Award but also fought back into the top 20 overall and said he felt there was more pace still to come from Hyundai's all-new car.
“It has been a very productive event for us and I think we can hold our heads high after our performance in these tricky conditions,” he said at the finish. “I made a mistake yesterday and damaged the car, which forced us to retire, but thanks to Rally 2 we have been able to compete today.
“We have learned a lot of things and gained lots of experience and that is the reason why we are here. The Hyundai i20 WRC has a very strong base and I am confident that we can go faster with this car in the future. I did a massive jump at Colin's Crest, 36m, so that shows that the car is definitely strong.
“The team has done a great job and it's been a privilege to be part of Rally Sweden with Hyundai.”
Hanninen will be replaced by Chris Atkinson in the second car for the next round of the season in Mexico.