WRC Rallye Deutschland: Victory feels a bit like a dream - Nandan

Hyundai team principal Michel Nandan describes the team's one-two finish in Germany with Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo as “quite remarkable”
Hyundai boss Michel Nandan has said he 'still feels a bit like he is dreaming' following the team's success on Rallye Deutschland.

Hyundai only returned to the sport this year, and while lead driver Thierry Neuville had already given the squad two podiums - the first coming in Mexico, on the third event, and the other in Poland at the end of June – Nandan added that that he never expected them to get a victory so soon, and especially to do so with a 1-2, with Neuville heading home Dani Sordo.

“I feel a little bit like I am still dreaming. We could never imagine that coming here, in just our ninth WRC rally, that we would be celebrating a 1-2 result. It is quite remarkable and very special,” Nandan stated after the ninth round in the 2014 World Rally Championship.

“It has been a busy weekend with some tough conditions and requiring everyone to be at the absolute top of their game. Our team has been absolutely first class and it is thanks to each of them – here and at Alzenau – that we have this result today.

“The drivers have been on competitive form since the first stage and they thoroughly deserve this. To see Thierry take his first win and Dani [Sordo] on the podium is wonderful. We wanted to use this year as a learning year and we won't let this result carry us away. However, we have made continuous progress and our Hyundai i20 WRC is improving all the time.

“We benefitted from the unfortunate retirement of other drivers today but we were genuinely fighting for the podium and that reflects the progress we have made as a team.

“For now, we will enjoy the moment and thank everyone for their support of our young team,” he concluded at the finish in Trier.

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Dani Sordo (ESP) Marc Marti (ES), Hyundai I20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Bryan Bouffier (FRA) Xavier Panseri (FRA), Hyundai I20 WRC
Bryan Bouffier (FRA) Xavier Panseri (FRA), Hyundai I20 WRC
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)

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August 27, 2014 8:57 AM

I would agree with most of that, but it can only be a good thing that we have another manufacturer that has come in and won an event in its first year, hopefully it will help bring other manufacturers in to the sport. I do feel if Meeke had kept it on the island there would have been a hint of inheriting the win as well. I would prefer to see Kris re signed and fight for a win through his outright pace, I believe he has got it. Having said that, Kris had said the stages on the final day were new to him and he would drive at his own pace and not worry about Nueville, so to take the stage win in the morning and extend his lead over him was impressive.


August 26, 2014 11:03 AM

That's because it was a gift from VW and Citroen. Jari Matti fought all Rally for that Win and it should of been his for the taking. Its very Rare that a Victory is gifted on the Home straight like this, if I were Nanden I would be a little disappointed that their first win came about like this. a 3rd and 4th would of been a good Solid result and good progress. Its a bit like Mads Ostbergs only win so far that came after Mikko was Excluded in Portugal back in 2012. I don't really see it as a win. Victory should be Hard fought for, when Meeke crashed he had just taken 4.7 seconds out of Neuville the stage before. If anything it was Meeke that deserved to win as he was earning the victory and making it all his, even if it was in the last few stages.

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