WRC: Hyundai Motorsport will attack Poland with four cars
At 72. Lotos Rally Poland, seventh round of World Rally Championship scheduled for next weekend, four manufacturers will have cars in top WRC category. It’s usual, but unusual is that Hyundai Motorsport for the first time will have four cars at the starting line.
Belgian Thierry Neuville and Spanish Dani Sordo will compete as usual for the Korean manufacturer’s lead team, while Newzealander Hayden Paddon will be joined for the first time by Dutchman Kevin Abbring in the Hyundai Mobis line-up. Abbring received a late call-up for February’s Rally Sweden to replace injured Sordo, but Poland marks the first of four scheduled WRC rounds for him in the second part of the World Rally Championship season.
Neuville, who finished third in Poland’s WRC return last year, and Sordo will drive an upgraded Hyundai i20 WRC, with the team expecting a new camshaft in the engine to deliver a performance boost. Neuville is currently 6th in championship standings with two podiums (Sweden and Italy), Sordo and Paddon are 8th and 9th respectively.
“It will be a new challenge for our team as we tackle an already tricky rally with an extra car, but it’s something to which we are looking forward. We had a fantastic result in Sardinia with two cars on the podium after great performances from all drivers over the weekend, and especially from Hayden. It would be great to repeat the podium from last year and continue our performance from Sardinia,” said team principal Michel Nandan.
Among 14 WRC cars at Rally Poland it will be five Ford Fiestas, four Hyundai i20s, three Volkswagen Polos and two Citroen D3s. All regular drivers are on entry list, which consists of 75 crews. Supporting categories at Rally Poland are WRC2, WRC3, Junior WRC and Drive DMack Cup.