Hyundai was second in the Manufacturer’s race following Rally Australia last month ahead of rivals Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team, but a strong result from the latter at Tour de Corse Rallye de France reversed the standings.
Now, just four points separates the two teams for second spot in the manufacturer's standings as they prepare for the final round of the season in Great Britain.
The race is over for both the 2015 Manufacturer’s and Driver’s championships, with Volkswagen Motorsport clinching both championships in Australia after a dominant season.
For Hyundai however, a podium finish for local hero Dani Sordo with co-driver Marc Marti in Spain means second place for 2015 beckons.
“I am so happy with this result and our performance this weekend,” Sordo said.
“We fought hard for a podium result and it was looking like we were going to have to settle for fourth place, which would still have been a great result.”
The Spaniard secured third place following a dramatic Power Stage, which saw World Champion Sebastien Ogier crash out of the lead to gift Andreas Mikkelsen his maiden WRC win.
“Of course it is never nice to benefit from the misfortune of others but to be on the podium in front of the Spanish crowd is just fantastic,” Sordo said. “We have some important points for the Championship and something nice to celebrate with the team and with the fans.”
For Hyundai Motorsport’s other drivers, Hayden Paddon claimed sixth place overall while Thierry Neuville finished eighth after a tough final day.
The final round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship takes place in Great Britain from November 12-15.
Results - 2015 Rally de Espana
- A. Mikkelsen / O. Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 3:21:04.8
- J.M Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +3.1
- D. Sordo / M. Martí (Hyundai i20 WRC) +21.2
- M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +1:06.3
- K. Meeke / P. Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC) +1:08.2
- H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:23.3
2015 FIA World Rally Championship - Drivers
- S. Ogier - 238 points
- J.M. Latvala - 180
- A. Mikkelsen - 154
- M. Østberg - 110
- K. Meeke - 94
2015 FIA World Rally Championship - Manufacturers
- Volkswagen Motorsport - 387 points
- Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 206
- Hyundai Motorsport - 202
- M-Sport World Rally Team - 173
- Volkswagen Motorsport II - 116