Hyundai reveals its shortlist

Hyundai Motorsport has revealed the eight young drivers that have made it through to the second round of its WRC development programme.

Announced in July, the scheme offers the winner a number of WRC 2 events next year in an i20 R5 car.

In August, a shortlist of 15 drivers was slimmed to eight, all under the age of 25, after a selection event at the team's base in Germany where technical and communications skills were put to the test.

The chosen candidates were Emil Bergkvist, Gus Greensmith, Jari Huttunen, Karl Kruuda, Pepe López, Pierre-Louis Loubet, René Mandel and Kalle Rovanperä.

This week, all eight were invited to Mazamet in France for a second round assessment, this time at the wheel of an i20 R5. Each drove the car with their own co-driver, on both Tarmac and gravel roads in slippery conditions [above].

Hyundai team manager Alain Penasse said each driver had performed at a very high standard.

"Though each crew was only on the stages for a relatively short period of time, we were able to get a good impression of their relative approaches and performances," he said.

"Any of the drivers at the test would represent Hyundai Motorsport very well in WRC 2. The other members of the selection jury and I now have a tough decision to make.”

A decision on which driver will be selected to represent Hyundai in 2018 will be made in the coming weeks.

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