SORDO GETS TWO MORE YEARS AT HYUNDAI

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SORDO GETS TWO MORE YEARS AT HYUNDAI

SPANISH driver Dani Sordo will remain with Hyundai WRC for 2017 and 2018, the team announced today.

Sordo, with co-driver Marc Marti, joins Kiwi pair Hayden Paddon and John Kennard at the Korean squad through to the end of the 2018 season, but the future of fellow driver Thierry Neuville is uncertain.

Sordo has played an integral part in establishing Hyundai Motorsport in the WRC since its debut in 2014.

The Spanish crew contributed to the team’s historic 1-2 in Rallye Deutschland two years ago, and added a further podium in Rally Spain in 2015.

The pair has been regularly among the quickest in the field this season and secured their first podium of the season yesterday, finishing Rallye Deutschland in second place and equalling their best result for the team.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Dani as we look to build further on our inaugural years in the WRC.

“Since we joined the Championship back in 2014, Dani has been an essential member of our team. He is motivated and consistent, helping us to develop both on and off rallies”

Sordo added: “Hyundai Motorsport has become like a family to me, so I am pleased to extend my contract for two more seasons. I have had the pleasure of seeing and helping this young team grow into real contenders in just a few years and I am really excited to see where we can develop into the future, especially with the new regulations.

“My aim is to fight for WRC wins and podiums on a regular basis and I know that is a realistic goal with this team. We’ve had our most successful season to date in 2016, but I know that there is so much more to come this season – and beyond.”

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.