A little over a week ago we brought you news of Hyundai’s i30 CRDi competing in the ‘Modern Challenge’ category of the 2009 QUIT Targa West tarmac rally.
Well, after completing all 30 stages the i30 SX CRDi Green Diesel production car cruised to win its class running consistently through them all and winning the SS4 Kalamunda stage.
In the end the i30 SX CRDi Green Diesel finished 3 minutes 49 seconds ahead of the Holden Cruze CD Ti to clinch the class trophy.
The ‘Modern Challenge’ category saw a total of 10 competitors which included performance cars such as the Nissan GTR 35, Audi S4, Volkswagen Golf R32, Ferrari 575M GTC and the i30’s class competitor Holden Cruze CD Ti.
The i30 SX CRDi Green Diesel finished a very respectable 3rd overall.
“It was a great rally – we had our first stage win, the SS4 Kalamunda stage on Friday, we won our class and finished 3rd overall in the ‘Modern Challenge’ category – the first time a Diesel car has adorned the podium,” said driver Razvan Vlad. “The i30 did not miss a beat all weekend and handled very well, even on the slippery roads of Saturday. Hyundai gave us an excellent car, the Hyundai W.A. dealers a very professional service crew and this all added up to a fantastic result!”
The only modifications to the car were the addition of semi-slick tyres, upgraded front brake pads, a modified exhaust, a tuned engine, roll cage and other safety equipment to meet competition requirements.