Monday | 13 Oct 2014

Hyundai close to 2015 decision

Hyundai hopes to finalise the structure of its 2015 World Rally Championship campaign this month and will announce its driver line-up shortly after.

The main two-car Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will return for a second season with Thierry Neuville already confirmed in one of the i20 World Rally Cars.

But team boss Michel Nandan said a decision about the second driver would only come after the Korean manufacturer had agreed whether or not to continue with its second-string Motorsport N team that debuted at Rally de Portugal.

“There is still no decision about next year’s drivers because we are still linked to the fact that if we run two or three cars then the driver line-ups can be different,” he said.

Nandan has already confirmed Neuville for 2015

“Hyundai Motorsport N is not guaranteed for next year. This issue is still pending and it depends on budgets. We are discussing with Korea and our sponsors and I hope we can sort it out this month and then we can announce which drivers we will have next year. We have to wait a bit.

Hyundai’s long list of event and test drivers, Hayden Paddon, Juho Hanninen, Dani Sordo, Chris Atkinson and Bryan Bouffier are all though to be under consideration for more appearances next year.

Neuville, Sordo and Paddon are confirmed for the upcoming Rally de Espana (23-26 October).

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