The team completed as runners-up in 2018, for the third time in a row, possessing taken the title fight down to the wire. In a single of the closest, most hotly contested seasons in current years, a 3-way battle was only concluded at the season finale in Australia.
Led by a new team director, Andrea Adamo, operating a revised crew line-up that contains nine-time WRC champions Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena as new recruits, and with an extended calendar of 14 rounds in 2019, Hyundai Motorsport will aim to revisit the competitive kind that helped it score 3 victories and 11 podium finishes final season. “Our objectives for WRC remain the same as they have been for the past years, namely to fight for the manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles,” stated Adamo.
“This is important for Hyundai and our N brand. The WRC is incredibly competitive and the other teams will want to approach the new season with the same winning mind-set. We have to make sure we’re delivering and performing at our best at all times.”
With WRC’s regulations remaining steady, the team has been in a position to evolve the technical foundations of its rally winning Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. All elements of the vehicle have been rigorously assessed in order to carry out regularly across all terrains in the coming season. A brand-new occasion in Chile will join the current events.
Three Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC automobiles will compete in every of the 14 rounds on the calendar in 2019. Last year’s vice champions Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul will be joined by Norwegian crew Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger-Amland in all events. Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio – twice podium scorers final season – will take component in eight events, beginning at Rally México. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena have joined Hyundai Motorsport on a two-year contract, with a six-round system for 2019 commencing at Rallye Monte-Carlo. “I am pleased to be joining such a great line-up of crews for my first season with Hyundai Motorsport,” stated Loeb.
“It is clear to me that the car was a competitive package in 2018, which enabled the team to fight for the championship titles right to the very end. It promises to be a great season. I hope I can get up to speed with the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC quickly and be able to show competitive pace.”
Hyundai Motorsport continues to rely on the assistance of its verified partners, which includes title sponsors Shell and Hyundai Mobis. Running beneath the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team banner for 2019, the team has also added new partners to its programme with Open Location Platform business Right here Technologies, and international watch brand Jacques Lemans.
Information Source: Muscat Daily