If Sebastien Loeb compete in the World Series of Rally next year in Hyundai’s colors, it would also make it an excellent opportunity for a Frenchman to take part in the Rally Championship in the GRX team led by Marcus Grönholm.
Marcus Grönholm’s GRX team competed for the first time in the World Series of Rally Championships with Hyundai i20 Supercar cars and with great success. At the MM points of the teams, GRX was the best private team after the factory labels Volkswagen, Audi and Peugeot. In the drivers’ World Series of GRX drivers, Niclas Grönholm finished seventh at the end points and Timur Timerzyanov was tenth.
GRX has not yet announced anything about their next season and it will certainly contribute to the uncertain situation in the World Series of Rally Championships at the moment when several teams led by Peugeot and Audi announced that they would withdraw from the World Series after the end of the season. Earlier in the autumn, Petter Solberg said in an interview with the Norwegian broadcaster NRK that Grönholm’s team would receive Hyundai support in 2019.
According to the British magazine Autosport, Sebastien Loeb, the world champion of the rally and the World Series of Rally Championships in 2016-2018, Peugeot, would have signed an agreement with Hyundai for the 2019 season. Loeb has announced in the past that he no longer plans to go round the entire World Championship on the rally side and that the January Monte Carlo race will be missed due to the Dakar rally.
According to the auto report, the Loeb Hyundai agreement will be published on Thursday. Hyundai has agreements for the next season with Thierry Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen, and Dani Sordo. Loeb’s possible deal will include a certain amount of MM races, and if Loeb competed in the GRX team’s full rallicross for the World Championships, there would be between Argentina and Chile, Italy, Finland, Turkey, and Australia overlaps between the MM races.
One option would be that Hyundai will come to the recession of the entire MM series in the third (and possibly fourth) car for both Sorda, Loeb and Hayden Paddoni.
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