(21/2/2014) WRC newcomers Hyundai will run a third i20 World Rally Car for the first time in April’s Rally de Portugal, in a bid to accelerate the car’s development.
Driving the two points-nominated entries will be the team’s lead driver Thierry Neuville and Finn Juho Hänninen, who finished an impressive competitive debut in the i20 at Rally Sweden earlier this month.
Joining them after his debut for the team at Rallye Monte-Carlo will be Spaniard Dani Sordo.
The team’s fourth driver, Australian Chris Atkinson, will sit out Portugal after competing in round four in Mexico next month, but will be at the wheel for Coates Hire Rally in September and, hopefully, other events in the 13-round series.
“Having three cars at Rally de Portugal will be very positive for us and it will allow us to continue our data collection and to accumulate more mileage in our debut WRC season,” Hyundai team principal Michel Nandan said.
“I think we have a good line-up with Thierry, Juho and Dani – each of them will bring their experience and will give us their own unique feedback which will help us in the continuous development of the Hyundai i20 WRC.
“Thierry’s level of performance combined with Juho’s skills on gravel and Dani’s experience and excellent track record at Rally de Portugal make them a very good choice for the event,” he added.