In the Rally MM series this year at the end of the car manufacturer after Toyota, the second-placed Hyundai confirmed its driver assembly on Thursday for 2019.
The world’s most successful driver of the Rally World Championship, the world champion nine times and the 79-fold winner Sebastien Loeb, 44, will move to Hyundai’s strength by a two-year contract. Throughout its professional career, forty years, the PSA (Citroen, Peugeot), Loeb, will drive six World Rally Championships in 2019, the first of Monte Carlo’s legendary season opening competition in January last weekend.
– The victory at the Spanish World Championship this year made me again want to compete at the top of the rally World Championships and joining Hyundai’s garage gives me a new opportunity, and I do not expect to get real action, Loeb exclaims in Hyundai’s press release.
Loeb and map reader Daniel Elena participated Citroën this year in three World Rally Championships, and the project ended in a win in Spain in October.
– I am impressed by the way in which the Hyundai team approached us, and their determination to succeed. They fought the World Championship this year and I know that I can help them a lot, together with Thierry (Neuville), Andrew (Mikkelsen) and Dan (Sordo). Hyundai’s car is a proven winner and I know I can still be in the top fight, so the 2019 will certainly be exciting, Loeb believes.
Of Hyundai drivers Thierry Neuville, 30, and Andreas Mikkelsen, 29, are running the full World Series, all 14 races. Dani Sordo, the 35-year-long contract, will be seen at Hyundai’s wheel for eight races in the coming season. Sordo has represented Hyundai in the World Series since its first season in 2014 and the Spanish has achieved eight prize pools (no winnings) from 49 MM races on Hyundai.
– From Team has become special to me and I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue as part of its composition. Over the years, there have been a lot of good memories and together with Carlos (map reader Del Barrio) we said that the past season was one of our best. When things get stuck, we can be very competitive, “says Loew’s teammate Citroen in the 2007-2010 World Cup race,” says Sordo.
The three latest passages of Hyundai’s current WRC, which started in 2014, have brought three carmakers ‘MM silver and three drivers’ MM silver. It is clear that the Korean giants of the automotive industry, who make big strings in the World Championships, will no longer want to be more than a champion next season. With this goal, getting a driver like Loeb is a big thing.
– Sebastien’s agreement is extremely important to Hyundai Motorsport and we are delighted that he is committed to driving with us for two years. Our agreement with the driver of his level also shows that we are an attractive team in the series. Our goal is to win the world championship and I truly believe in this ambition with an image that is ambitious, “says Hyundai Team Manager Michel Nandan.
In his announcement, Hyundai announced that he was still negotiating with Hayden Paddon, 31. Paddon has represented Hyundai for the five seasons in the 2016 World Championships, ranked fourth. This year, seven runners-up rallies and two of the two prize-winning investments, Paddo later announced on social media that he did not accept Hyundai’s offer, so the New Zealand player in the battlefield came to an end.
The Rally World Cup season opening competition in the French Alps begins on Thursday, January 24.