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Rallye Deutschland: Sordo returns as Hyundai targets ‘home’ podium

Rallye Deutschland: Sordo returns as Hyundai targets ‘home’ podium 15 August 2016

A rested Dani Sordo returns to the Hyundai Motorsport line-up as the team looks to repeat its 2014 success on Germany's round of the World Rally Championship.

Dani Sordo will return to the Hyundai Motorsport line-up to give the team a boost heading into its adopted 'home' WRC event this weekend.

The Spaniard was forced to miss the last round of the championship, in Finland, thanks to a fractured vertebra, but returns as Hyundai looks to revive the form that has seen it secure two wins for the new generation i20 WRC as the series moves onto round nine at Rallye Deutschland, having missed a podium on the challenging high-speed Finnish gravel roads by only 4.6secs.

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2016 NFL Kickoff presented by Hyundai

The NFL kicks off its 97th season with "2016 NFL Kickoff Presented by Hyundai" at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 8. Multi-platinum global stars Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic will perform live at Civic Center Park in Denver, it was announced Monday night during NBC's national broadcast of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Performances by Bentley and OneRepublic will be featured in simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show from Denver from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC and NFL Network. The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from Verizon.

Television's most-watched studio show, NBC's Football Night in America, will be live on-site in Denver with its full team -- Bob Costas, Dan Patrick, Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy, and two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, along with NFL Insiders Mike Florio and Peter King. The NFL Kickoff Game on NBC will be called by Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya.

The show leads into the season opener between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in a rematch of Super Bowl 50 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver (NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra on desktop and tablet, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 p.m. ET). It marks the first Super Bowl rematch played on Kickoff Weekend since 1970 (Kansas City-Minnesota). Grammy-nominated performer Andra Day will sing the National Anthem.

The musical performances are part of the celebration to kick off the 2016 season and to honor the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos. This is the 15th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the 12th time the NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in primetime.

2016 NFL Kickoff will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner, the Executive Producer of the Super Bowl pregame and halftime shows, and directed by Gregg Gelfand.

In addition to presenting sponsor Hyundai, top tier sponsors for the NFL's Kickoff platform include Bud Light, McDonald's, Microsoft, Pepsi, Snickers, Verizon and Visa.

Media may visit NFLcommunications.com to apply for credentials to cover the "2016 NFL Kickoff" concert. The credential deadline is Friday, Sept. 2. Media interested in covering the game may apply for credentials through the Broncos.

Visit nfl.com/tickets for tickets to NFL games.

Hyundai Motorsport claims fifth podium for 2016 season at WRC Rally Poland

Hyundai Motorsport has added a fifth podium to its 2016 tally after a competitive showing for the team in WRC Rally Poland (June 30 - July 3).

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver Hayden Paddon claimed his third top-three result of the season so far, finishing third overall at the end of a dramatic final stage. Just 3.1-seconds separated second, third and fourth positions at the conclusion of 21 competitive stages, with Thierry Neuville taking fourth spot, 0.8-seconds behind Paddon.

At the season’s halfway point, with seven WRC rounds still to contest, the Hyundai Motorsport team holds second in the manufacturers’ standings with 135 points after adding 27 points. Paddon moves up to third in the drivers’ classification with Sordo and Neuville inside the top-six.

For Paddon and co-driver John Kennard, the result marks a third podium of the 2016 season following second place in Sweden and victory in Argentina. The crew navigated the tricky conditions on last Sunday morning, fending off a close challenge from Neuville for the third place.

Paddon said: “That was too close for comfort really! The rain conditions made the stages very slippery and I had no confidence at all. Our objective today was to secure third position rather than push for second, so we wanted to be relaxed. I think we probably eased off too much. Third is a great result, irrespective of how close it was - just 0.8 seconds! I am happy with the way the weekend has gone. We’ve had a good rally here in Poland and it’s allowed us to bounce back after two tough results. It’s fantastic to be on the podium again and I hope we can do the same in Finland. Congratulations to everyone in the team on a job well done.”

Paddon’s third place gives Hyundai Motorsport its second ever Rally Poland podium, following a top-three for Neuville back in 2014. The New Generation i20 WRC showed its pace with great performance and technology credentials. The car has now taken two victories, one second and two third places in seven rallies this season.

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