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SPANISH driver Dani Sordo has been signed to drive for the Hyundai Motorsport FIA World Rally Championship team in 2015 and 2016.

The German-based team announced today Sordo, 31, would contest at least 10 WRC rounds next year and the full 2016 season alongside lead driver Thierry Neuville.

The announcement did not say if the team has any plans for the other drivers who have shared the second i20WRC with Sordo this year, including Australia’s Chris Atkinson, or whether it will again run a third car for Kiwi Hayden Paddon.

Sordo has driven in six rounds this season and followed Neuville to an historic maiden 1-2 for Hyundai in Germany.

“I am delighted to be continuing my partnership with Hyundai Motorsport following a very successful debut season working together,” Sordo said.

“We have shown great promise with the Hyundai i20 WRC this year and we will never forget the one-two result at Rallye Deutschland, which was a truly special moment.”

Team principal Michel Nandan said Sordo’s return would give Hyundai a strong line-up following an impressive debut season in 2014.

“Dani has demonstrated impressive consistency this season on different types of terrain. He has shown himself to be quick in different circumstances, in the face of challenges and, most importantly, to be a valued team player.

“We have seen the results of the partnership between Dani and Thierry already this year in Germany, where we celebrated our fantastic one-two. Let’s hope this is the start of similar celebrations in the future.”

Hyundai’s announcement followed Volkswagen’s recent confirmation that it will retain World Champion Sebastien Ogier, plus Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen.

The M-Sport Ford squad has confirmed Elfyn Evans’ return, but the seats occupied this year by Mikko Hirvonen and Robert Kubica are not yet settled and Citroen has not said if it will continue with Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg.

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.

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