Hyundai slims its squad for Australia

Dani Sordo will miss Kennards Hire Rally Australia [16 - 19 November] following Hyundai's decision to field a three-car squad at the season's final round.

Hyundai will be represented by Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and new signing, and last year's winner in Australia, Andreas Mikkelsen.

The squad ran three cars at last week's RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España, when Hayden Paddon was sidelined. All four drivers will be in action at the upcoming Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.

“The complexity of logistics for Rally Australia meant that we were not able to run a four-car entry, although that would have been the ideal solution," team boss Michel Nandan explained.

"We had to make the decision based on which combination of crews we felt would give us the strongest all-round chance on the Australian gravel. Thierry scored our first Australian podium last year, an event that was won by Andreas and Hayden has made continuous improvements year-on-year in this rally.

"We want to finish the season in the most competitive way possible, to lay ourselves strong foundations for next year – that’s our aim,” he added.

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