WRC A FULL 2016
Hyundai Motorsport confirms Dani Sordo will miss Rally Finland.
Dani Sordo will not compete in Rally Finland in order to recover from an injury picked up in a pre-event test accident
Hyundai Motorsport test driver Kevin Abbring and his co-driver Seb Marshall will take over the #20 New Generation i20 WRC in Finland
The team’s pre-event test has been rescheduled for 22-25 July with Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Abbring all on duty ahead of the rally.
July 15, 2016 – Hyundai Motorsport has today confirmed that Dani Sordo will sit out Rally Finland, the eighth round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), in order to recover fully from an injury sustained in testing last week.
Sordo and co-driver Marc Martí were involved in a high-speed accident during their scheduled pre-event test for Rally Finland last Friday (8 July). Subsequent precautionary checks at the hospital revealed that Sordo had sustained a fissure fracture of a vertebra. The Spaniard was discharged from hospital and has since been recuperating at home in Spain.
Test driver Kevin Abbring and co-driver Seb Marshall will take over the #20 New Generation i20 WRC in Finland, competing in their third event of the season for the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team. Sordo will return to action at Rallye Deutschland next month.
Hyundai Motorsport’s pre-event test for Finland has been rescheduled for 22-25 July, with Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Abbring all on driving duties.
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “Dani is recovering well from his injury and is making good progress. However, it is important that he recovers fully so we have made the mutual decision for him to miss Rally Finland. This will allow him to be at his best for Rallye Deutschland in mid-August. Kevin will take over the #20 car for this event and will join our rescheduled PET next week alongside Thierry and Hayden. After a detailed analysis of the car, we have identified the technical problem that led to Dani’s crash. The specific parts are under investigation and we have already taken steps to ensure there will be no repeat of the issue.”
About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities and primarily for its World Rally Championship programme. Based in Alzenau on the outskirts of Frankfurt in Germany, the company embarked on its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship in 2014 with a bespoke team of skilled staff and a brand new car, the Hyundai i20 WRC. The team made a strong impression in its first year claiming podium results in Mexico and Poland, as well as a memorable 1-2 in Germany. In its second season, the team was involved in a closely fought battle for second place in the Manufacturers’ Championship, adding more podiums and stage wins to its tally. For its third season in WRC, Hyundai Motorsport has developed a brand new car, the New Generation i20 WRC, which made its rally debut with a podium finish in Rallye Monte-Carlo in January 2016. The team registered its first win with the new car in Rally Argentina, the fourth round of the season.
Further information about Hyundai Motorsport is available at: http://motorsport.hyundai.com
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company, which leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars, offers top-quality best-sellers such as Elantra, Sonata and Genesis. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2015, sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With more than 100,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell.
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