The Hyundai Genuine Parts and Accessories sponsored car, driven by Mick Gillett with co-driver Harvey Smith, beat the high-performance V8 Commodore team of John Bruinsma and Lisa White to claim 1st
place in ‘Showroom Class’, ‘Eco-Rally Challenge’ and a highly commendable 2nd
place in the ‘2WD Championship’.
Right from day one, in the early stages of the event, the car was performing well with a new top speed of 155km/h, which helped them along to a sizeable lead in the class.
That said Mick Gillett accepted the fact the i30 had some advantage on day one when he said, “Stage one was obviously tough for the larger cars – the i30 is far more nimble in those conditions, and we were able to capitalise on that advantage. We pushed the i30, and it delivered.”
It was a great result, given the Hyundai was one of only 11 ARC cars to finish the punishing 269 kilometres of competitive stages.