FOUR HYUNDAIS FOR GB; AUSTRALIA LINE-UP UNDECIDED

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FOUR HYUNDAIS FOR GB; AUSTRALIA LINE-UP UNDECIDED

HYUNDAI will enter four cars for the penultimate round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at Wales Rally GB as it steps up its bid to win the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships.

The driver line-up in Hyundai i20 Coupe WRCs will comprise Thierry Neuville, new signing Andreas Mikkelsen, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo. Neuville is second in the standings and just 17 points behind M-Sport’s Sébastien Ogier going into next weekend’s Rally Spain.

Kiwi Paddon will return to duty in GB after sitting out Rally Spain, but the team said it had not yet decided who would drive in what could be a crucial season closer at Kennards Hire Rally Australia on 16-19 November.

Neuville secured the team’s maiden Wales Rally GB podium in last year’s event, while Mikkelsen has also previously registered a top-three finish in the rally.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We believe that this competitive line-up gives us a chance of keeping both drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles alive.

“Thierry scored a podium last year, something Andreas achieved in 2015, so we know their potential there. Hayden has finished strongly in this event previously, so it will be the perfect occasion for him to return to form. Dani, meanwhile, as a previous podium scorer in Wales, will give us a solid benchmark in the fourth car.”

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is one of Australia’s leading motorsport journalists and is the Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia. He is part of the executive team for the event.