Dani Sordo will miss Neste Rally Finland [28-31 July] while he recovers from a back injury sustained in a testing crash.
Hyundai Motorsport announced today that test driver Kevin Abbring and co-driver Seb Marshall will drive the i20 World Rally Car instead.
Sordo and co-driver Marc Martí were involved in a high-speed crash during their Finland pre-event test last Friday (8 July) that left Sordo with a fissure fracture of a vertebra.
The Spaniard was discharged from hospital and has since been recuperating at home in Spain.
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “Dani is recovering well from his injury and is making good progress. However, it is important that he recovers fully so we have made the mutual decision for him to miss Rally Finland. This will allow him to be at his best for Rallye Deutschland in mid-August."
Hyundai abandoned its Finland test following the crash while it investigated Sordo's claim that a broken suspension component had caused the car to steer off the road.
"After a detailed analysis of the car, we have identified the technical problem that led to Dani’s crash. The specific parts are under investigation and we have already taken steps to ensure there will be no repeat of the issue,” Nandan explained.
The team's pre-Finland test has been rescheduled for 22-25 July, with Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Abbring all due to take part.